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How do you Remove Old Oil Stains from Clothes?

Every household has a cloth with old oil or grease stains on it. But most of them don’t know how to get rid of them and just throw off the cloth. It can be any type of oil like coconut oil, sesame oil, olive oil, and so on. You would have also tried washing it with normal water many times with the hope that it would fade. But I know it’s heartbreaking when you see an oil stain on your favourite dress.

You would have purchased a favourite dress for any festival or event you have been waiting for. Imagine you wear the dress after the purchase for the first time and by mistake oil gets spilled in your dress. It’s the worst nightmare anyone can have.

Oil Stain in Cloth
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1. Home Remedies to Remove Old Oil Stains from Clothes

Now I will share 8 tips to remove old oil stains and grease stains just by using easily available products in your house. These methods can be used to remove cooking oil stains or to remove grease stains on clothes.

1.1 Baking Soda and Apple Cider Vinegar

Spread one bowl of baking soda throughout the oil stain in the cloth. Then add half a teaspoon of apple cider vinegar to the oil stain. Take an old toothbrush and rub this mixture on the cloth well for five minutes. Leave the fabric for half an hour and wash it with normal water. You can also use any soap bar and liquid to wash it. After the cloth completely dries, you can see visible results as the oil stain would have faded away. Repeat this at least four times when you wash this cloth to clean oil stains on it.

1.2 Corn Flour

To remove old oil stains from the cloth, take 1 tablespoon of corn flour and spread it through the oil stain. The quantity of corn flour can vary depending upon the amount of oil stain. Now rub this flour nicely until it absorbs the oil stain. Leave the cloth for 10 minutes and then wash it with water. Instead of loading the cloth in the washing machine, use your hands to remove the flour. After the cloth dries the oil stain will fade.

1.3 Lemon and Baking Soda

Apply one bowl of baking soda on the cloth with an oil stain. Then take a half lemon and squeeze the juice over the cloth where you have applied the baking soda. Here you can see the reaction between baking soda and lemon. Now rub this mixture well using a toothbrush or your fingers for five minutes. Then leave it for almost 10 minutes. Now you can either load the cloth into the washing machine or wash it with your hands. After drying the cloth, the oil stain or the grease stain will be lightened and you can see good results.

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1.4 Wheat Flour and Soap

Take a pinch of wheat flour and apply it on the area of oil stain in your cloth. Use your fingers or old toothbrush to rub it thoroughly until it absorbs the oil stain. Leave this mixture for 1 hour. After an hour, wash the cloth with oil stain completely using water. Now take any liquid dish soap or washing gel and apply it on the oil stain. Rub this soap or gel well on the oil stain. Then use normal water to rinse it. The cooking oil stains will be removed from the cloth and it is ready to wear now.

1.5 Toothpaste for Oil Stains

Even toothpaste works best for removing old oil stains from cloth. Take some amount of toothpaste and apply it to the area where there is an oil stain. Make sure you spread the toothpaste thoroughly on the cloth. Now take one bowl of water and boil it until it becomes hot.

Then take this hot water and pour it on the paste. One thing to note here is, you have to pour the water from the top angle so it hits the cloth. This hot water helps to remove old oil stains. Rub this well using an old toothbrush and wash it with water. This method can be used for clothes with stubborn stains and heavy oil stains.

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1.6 Talcum Powder to Remove Oil Stains

There can be no household without talcum powder. The talcum powder method is a proven method to remove oil stains from clothes. As you are going to use white power, this method can be even followed to remove oil stains from white-coloured clothes. Take any talcum powder of your choice and apply it over the oil stain and make sure you apply it on both sides of the cloth. Rub the powder well on the cloth to absorb the oil stain. Leave the cloth for 10 minutes. After 10 minutes, take any dish wash and apply it on the oil stain.

Now use a toothbrush to rub the dishwash gel on the cloth. Then use any liquid or dish soap to wash the cloth or directly load it into the washing machine. After drying the oil stain would have been lightened. Follow this at least 3-4 times to remove stains from clothes.

1.7 Dishwash Gel for Oil Stains

Dishwasher gel is not only for vessels, as it works even well with clothes. Take a drop of dishwasher gel and apply it to the oil-stained area of the cloth. Rub it completely until it forms like a paste.

Then take a bowl of water and boil it. Add this warm or hot water to the oil stain. Now take some detergent powder and spread it over warm water. Rub this mixture well using an old toothbrush until it spreads well on the oil stain. Then use normal water to wash the cloth. This works well with most types of clothes and try it, for good results.

Dishwasher Gel in Bottle
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1.8 Apple Cider Vinegar

Apple cider vinegar is not only effective for skin problems but also for removing oil stains from cloth. The process is so simple. Take a spoonful of apple cider vinegar depending on the oil stain and mix it with double the amount of water. Take the oil-stained cloth and dip it in this mixture well and use any scrub or toothbrush to rub it well. Do this until the oil stain gets lightened. Then use normal water to wash the cloth. This will lighten the oil and grease stains on clothes.

2. HFinal Words

An oil stain is the worst thing you can have on your clothes that spoils the beauty of the dress. Now you don’t have to throw away clothes with old oil stains. Follow these home remedies regularly to restore the beauty of your dress. Click here to read more.

I am an engineering graduate with two years of experience in writing. I am doing research about various fitness methods in my fitness journey and then I write the content with my knowledge.

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