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How to remove oil stains from clothes

However sophisticated and dainty our manner of dining, we all have ended up feeding bits of our meal(s) to our favourite garments.Though sending it straight to the dry cleaner’s might sound tempting and hassle-free, why not fix the problem at home?

We have compiled a list of quick-fixes that will save your crisp white shirt or that new silk saree from ending up in the donation pile.

Here is all you need to know about how to remove oil stains from clothes:

  1. Act fast- The longer you delay your actions, the harder it will be to remove the stain. Scrape off any all food that you can with a spoon and try to blot the oil with a tissue paper. Be careful so as to not rub it deeper into the fabric.
  2. Liquid soap and hot water- Apply some liquid soap on the stain and let it soak for 3-4 minutes. After this, was the cloth with hot water, though check the care labels to see the maximum temperature it can be subjected to.
liquid soap for removing oil stains
Onderwijsgek (liquid soap) via Wikimedia Commons
  1. Talcum Powder- Just sprinkle some talc (or cornstarch) on the stain, let it sit for a few hours and then dust it off.Wash it with a dish-washing soap from both sides, using a soft toothbrush to scrub and put it for regular laundry then. If your garment is ‘dry-clean only’, you could still sprinkle talc and brush it off, making it easier for the cleaners to remove the stain, or saving you the trip completely.
  2. Shampoo- It removes oil from your head, should remove it from your clothes as well. Avoid the super-moisturizing ones like Dove.
  3. Hair-Spray- Simply spray it liberally over the stain, and you should see majority of the stain being taken out. Then wash with detergent and air-dry.
  4. Coca-Cola- Yes, that beverage. This is something we haven’t tried so we don’t vouch for it, but apparently, you could soak the stained area in coke for one or two hours then wash it as you generally would. Let us know if you do try this one.
coca cola for removing oil stains from clothes
By Hariadhi (Coca Cola) via Wikimedia Commons
  1. Drying- Allow the fabric to air-dry naturally as drying it in the machine (they use a lot of heat!) may cause any remaining oil to set into the fabric.

For stains that have set in:

So you didn’t take immediate steps. Or you put it for machine-wash without doing the talcum-powder thing, and now, thanks to the heat of the machine, the stain has set in. Sad, but the situation is not completely out of control. You can still save your clothes.

  1. Cut a large piece of cardboard and put it behind the fabric so that the stain doesn’t spread to the other side.
  2. Spray or apply using a Q-tip, this miracle substance called WD 40 on it.
WD 40 for removing oil stains from clothes
By Jorge Barrios (WD 40) via Wikimedia Commons
  1. Sprinkle a thick layer of baking soda on this and scrub using an old toothbrush. You’ll see some clumps form. Repeat this step, adding more baking soda till the it stops clumping.
  2. Put some dish washing soap on the fabric and wash as usual.  Air dry and viola! You are good to go.

We hope that you find these tips useful. Do tell us if you try out any. For further queries, feel free to comment below.

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