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How to get oil stains out of clothing

Updated on January 16, 2009

Removing oil stains from clothing

There are two methods that I've found very useful when removing oil stains from fabric. You want to make sure that when you treat an oil stain that you don't want to pretreat it or wet it before hand.

An organic and environmentally friendly way is to use citrus acid (orange, lemon, etc.). Dab the oil stain with the citrus acid until it disappears and wash as usual.

If you don't have any citrus acid on hand then treat the oil stain with Shout's Triple Acting spray. Spary the stain throughly and let it sit for about an hour or even overnight (depending on the type of fabric) before washing.


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      Brian Long 8 years ago

      I had no idea it was so easy to get stains out of clothes. Thanks for the useful tips

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      Jason Menayan 9 years ago from San Francisco

      Thanks for the advice. I found that pretreating the stain with dishwashing liquid, like Dawn, and then washing normally, also got rid of the stain.