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Home Remedies for Removing Cooking Oil Stain in Clothes, Dress Shirt, Cotton and Pants

It is very easy to spill substances like cooking oil when preparing food in the kitchen. When the oil gets on your clothing it will naturally cause a greasy stain.

Fortunately, these stains are not as difficult to remove as they may seem. There is a simple home remedy that will eliminate cooking oil from clothing with little hassle.

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Removing Cooking Oil Stain from Clothes

Blot the oil stain with paper towels to get as much out as you initially can. Protect the surface on which you are working with paper towels so that the oil doesn’t rub off onto your work surface.

Cover the stain with baby powder or another absorbing powder, such as cornstarch. Allow this to remain on the clothing overnight. Take the article of clothing outside and shake it to remove the powder or brush off the powder.

Much, if not all, of the cooking oil should be removed from the fabric. Pour dish detergent over the stain if any oil appears to remain. Rub the fabric together while running warm water over it.

Dish detergents contain degreasing agents that are excellent for removing oil stains. Launder the clothing in warm water (hot water if the fabric is not delicate) with laundry detergent.

Remove Oil or Grease Stains in Dress Shirts

It seems that the clothes we want to keep the cleanest are the ones that always attract the most dirt and stains.

Dress shirts are meant to stay in top condition, and we take extra caution to keep stains from ruining our professional appearance. But if a grease or oil stain finds its way onto one of your nice shirts, there’s no need to worry. These stains can easily be lifted with a little effort.

Sprinkle cornstarch onto the stain and allow it to sit overnight. The cornstarch will help draw the oil or grease from the fabric.

Rub the grease cutting dish soap into the stain and allow it to sit for five to 10 minutes before laundering to further break up any residual grease. Cover the affected area with hair shampoo.

Shampoo is very effective at cutting through oils and grease. Rub the shampoo into the area with an old toothbrush or clean cloth and allow it to sit for four to five minutes before laundering. Place the shirt in the sink and situate the stain under the faucet.

Run hot water over the stain until it is no longer visible. Launder the shirt as usual. Spray the area with WD-40 and scrub it gently into the fabric with an old toothbrush. Allow the WD-40 to sit on the stain for three to four minutes and scrub a second time.

Apply dish soap to the stain and work it in to help break up the WD-40 and grease, and launder the shirt as usual.

Remove Oil Stains from Cotton

Cotton is a popular choice for fabric because it is inexpensive and provides a durable and breathable product. Like other types of fabric, cotton is not stain-resistant and certain items can permanently damage the fabric.

Oil from motor oil and cooking oil can create difficult to remove stains on cotton fabric. Deal with oil spilled or dripped on cotton fabric as soon as possible.

The longer the oil remains on the cotton the more difficult it becomes to remove. Lay a white towel on a flat surface. Take the white towel and place the cotton on top of it with oil stain facing up.

Apply a prewash stain treatment directly on the oil stain. Rub the treatment into the cotton fabric. Alternatively, add one to two drops of grease-cutting liquid dish soap onto the oil stain and rub into the cotton fabric.

Allow the stain treatment to soak into the cotton fabric for 15 minutes. Launder the cotton fabric on the hottest setting allowed for your garment.

Remove Oil Stains from Pants

When oil lands on a pair of pants, it can create a large, noticeable stain. It is possible to get oil out, but the stain should be treated immediately.

Instead of traditional stain removal techniques, oil stains should be coated with a fine powder that will absorb the oil. Pour baking soda onto the oil stain. Only pour enough to cover the stain.

Place the pants on an ironing board with the stained side facing down. Turn on an iron and let it heat up. Run the iron over the back of the stained area a few times. Turn the pants over and examine the stain. If it isn’t completely out, repeat this method a couple more times.

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