Vegetable oils can cause problems for your clothes, as the greasy residue they leave behind can be difficult to remove. Oil stains are often inconspicuous but stubborn, often appearing as a halo on fabric and tending to darken or slightly yellow the affected area. Removing oil stains can be tricky, and once dry, the stain can become permanently embedded in the fabric.
How do you remove oil stains from clothing without washing it?
Pour dishwashing liquid
Little time and products are needed to implement this method. First, you need to apply dish soap to the stain. This cleaning agent must completely cover the trace of oil. Indeed, it is important to apply a sufficient quantity of product so that it is well absorbed by the entire soiled area of the fabric.
When the liquid is absorbed, cover the stain with salt and leave for 10 minutes. This will allow the detergent to fully penetrate the fabric and begin to break down the grease. It is important not to let the area dry out before treating it. After that, the salt in the stained part should be cleaned with an old toothbrush and wiped with a damp cloth.
To immediately make sure the greasy stain is gone, you can dry the garment with a hair dryer. The stain usually disappears immediately. If traces of oil are still visible in some places, it is worth repeating the procedure. In this way, grease stains are easily removed. Also feel free to use a knife (not serrated) and paper towel to remove the stain completely.
Use baking soda
Baking soda is a very effective product for removing oil stains from clothing. It is not only very easy to use and economical, but it is also gentle on clothes and does not leave streaks or residue on the fabric.
First, blot up as much of the oil as possible with a rag or paper towel. Then, generously sprinkle the baking soda on the stain. Let it sit overnight so the baking soda can absorb the oil, then brush off the dust. Finally, spray the fabric with a mixture of water and vinegar and let sit for 30 minutes, then rub the stain with dish soap until it disappears.
You don’t need to add more baking soda, but make sure it completely covers the stain until you can’t see the fabric underneath.
Do not rinse the oil stain before applying the baking soda. The water will form a film around the oil, making it difficult to remove. Once the stain is gone, blot the detergent with a damp cloth.
Stain still visible? Throw it in the washing machine!
To remove oil stains from your clothes, you should consider the washing recommendations given on the care label. In general, a 30 degree wash is sufficient, but for oil-stained cotton or synthetic fabrics a 40 degree wash may be more effective. Always check the correct water temperature for your fabric. The hotter the water, the easier it will be to clean the oil completely. Once you have properly prepared the stain you can use the hottest water temperature possible for your fabric.
Stains still visible after washing in the washing machine: what to do?
To remove oil stains from clothes, follow steps like using a specific detergent, soaking the fabric for a while, and using the appropriate water temperature for the fabric in question. It is also necessary to check that the stain has been completely removed before drying the garment and allowing it to air dry to ensure that there are no traces of stains or yellowed areas. If the stain persists, it is recommended to repeat the above steps to remove the stain. (Using the dishwashing liquid trick)
How to remove an oil stain from jeans?
If you want to find out how to remove an oil stain from jeans, talc and cornstarch are good allies because they absorb grease and oil very well from the fabrics. Here are the steps to follow:
- Absorb as much of the oil stain as possible with paper towels
- Liberally apply talc or cornstarch to the stain and let sit for 1 hour
- Remove the talc, taking care not to spread it outside the stain
- Put a few drops of detergent on the stain and brush it into the foam on both sides of the jeans
- Wash the garment as recommended on its label
- Ideally dry the garment outdoors and in the shade