Removing Oil Stains From Your Clothes

You’ve spilled some oil on your shirt again, huh? Or maybe it’s an everyday thing at work that oil from the fryer splashes on you. We’ve been there. And we know that although it might not stand out like a splash of red pop or a dot of mustard, it can be one of the most difficult stains to remove. 
Oils stains leave a greasy patch behind that’s slightly darker than the surrounding fabric. It’s important to know that when it comes to these stains, the longer you leave that spot unattended, the darker it will become over time. If the stain is left too long, it can set permanently. And we know you don’t want that, so act fast! Keep reading!

What Are Some Common Oil Stains?

Common oil stains come from pretty much anywhere around the house or in some workplaces. In the kitchen, cooking oil and grease are the main guilty parties. Outside the kitchen, you can find these greasy stains coming from the garage, motor oil, oily roads, and even oil paint. 
Oil doesn’t smell the best and it tends to be tricky to remove. But lucky for you, with a few tips from Maid Sailors you can find out how to remove cooking oil stains, grease stains and also oily road water stains, among other grease and oil spots from your garments. If you’re still here with us take a look at our tips for removing those tough stains.

How To Remove Oil Stains From Your Clothing 

  • Remember to act quickly. As soon as you see that oil splash on your clothes, you need to act. Don’t let the stain dry or set into the fabric. We understand that if you’re at work when this happens that you may not be able to do everything to get the stain out, but you can still act on it to prevent it from setting in and leaving your work clothes smelly.
  • Remove excess grease. Take a tissue or a paper towel and press it into the stain on both sides to soak up the excess oil. This is something you can do while at work.
  • Check the label. A lot of people just throw their clothing into the washing machine without checking the label. To prevent your garment from being damaged, check the label. What temperature can the garment be washed on? Is it hand wash only? The label on your clothing is there for a reason, don’t ignore it. Especially when it comes to taking care of grease stains.
  • Pre-treat the oil stain with soap. You can also do this if you’re on the clock. To remove grease from the stain take a spot of dish soap, like Dawn (or whatever you have on hand) to it. Doing this will help loosen the stain before it enters the wash.
  • Prepare a soaking solution. Another option for tough stains is to prepare a soaking solution with detergent pre-treat. This will help remove other oil stains, such as motor-oil stains, oil-based paints, and other tough grease stains. 
  • Use an enzyme-based liquid detergent. Try products like Tide Ultra Stain Release Liquid. Products like Tide’s have been specially designed to lift off tough stains like oil from fabric.
  • Make sure the stain is gone. Before throwing your garment into the dryer you want to make sure the stain is completely gone. If it’s not, the heat will cause the stain to set further into the fabric which will prevent the stain from being removed.

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