Oil stains on clothing are a headache when trying to remove them. It is a frequent problem that has a solution and that at Sleeeeeep we are willing to solve. With suitable products it is possible to remove these stains from clothes, as always, we opted for simple processes and without spending too much money.

How to remove oil stains

We begin by clarifying that there are hundreds of products on the market that claim to remove oil stains from clothing . If the stain is small, just apply the component and let it sit for a few minutes until it is ready. However, we are going to focus on some more natural solutions or at least, easy to get at home.

Absorb grease or oil stains

If the oil stain is small, you can try to remove it using paper or a dry cloth . A small amount of absorbent product such as talcum powder, cornstarch or salt is then applied. Next, the product must be pressed so that the stain is absorbed to the maximum, the pressure can be made by a spoon or any utensil with a solid base.

After a few minutes, add a small amount of detergent and water to the absorbent product on the stain and rub slowly until a foam is obtained. A toothbrush is then used and the stain is rubbed in circular motions. Finally the garment is washed with detergent as is normally done.

Soak the surface of the garment

If the oil stains on clothes are larger, the above advice is not enough. That is, the same procedure should be done but before washing it for the last time, add a few drops of dishwasher and let it rest for a few minutes. If you are not in a hurry, the best option is to rest overnight so that it absorbs better. This advice also applies to soap powder.

Another way to combat this type of stain on clothing is by using 90 degree alcohol . It begins by applying a few drops of alcohol on the stain and letting it rest for about three minutes. The garment is then allowed to soak in water and a little powder or detergent for about ten minutes.

Now the stained garment can be washed , at this point it is recommended that it be done by hand so that it can be rubbed slowly. If the stain continues, this process can be repeated, to avoid damaging the hands it is recommended to use nitrile or latex gloves.

Apply salt to more delicate fabrics

If the oil stain has fallen on a garment made of velvety fabrics such as suede or fabric, it is recommended to apply salt on the stain and let it sit for about two to three hours. Immediately you take a brush and rub gently in a continuous direction and then vice versa. Finally the garment is washed as it is normally done.

Removing oil stains on jeans

As has been shown, oil stains on clothing are difficult to remove, especially when jeans have been affected. In this case, a procedure based on dishwasher product, bar soap, talcum powder, a lemon and bicarbonate should be carried out.

Using dishwasher

The dishwasher product is one of the most powerful degreasers that exist , its effectiveness in this case is high. The first thing to do is cover the oil stain with a few drops of dishwasher, then rub them with the fingertips until a little foam remains, immediately put the pants in the washing machine with warm water. The detergent is also effective and the same process is carried out.

Applying lemon

The process is simple but effective, you start by applying lemon on the stain and let it rest for a few minutes, then wash as usual and the oil will have disappeared . This process is only effective if the stain is fresh.

Using talc

If the oil stain is recent, then there is still the possibility of treating it with talcum powder or, with cornstarch, add it on the stain and let it rest for a couple of hours. Its effectiveness is given by its absorption capacity, after time the talc is removed, if the stain is still strong this step is repeated, if not, it is entered into the washing machine for final cleaning.

With Pinol and bicarbonate

Both products are effective in removing oil stains on jeans . In the case of pinol, you must add a little on the stain, let it act for about five minutes and then you have to wash it. If the stain still persists, add baking soda . For this, a little bicarbonate of soda must be added on the moistened stain, let it rest for an hour and then rubbed with a toothbrush, preferably with soft bristles, if necessary the process can be repeated several times.

Using bar soap

The bar soap or soap is a degreaser by nature . It begins by moistening it with warm water and then it is applied to the stain both on the part where it is and on the reverse, it is left to act for a few hours and then it begins with the washing of the jeans as it is normally done.

Oil stains on shoes

When the oil stain has fallen on the shoes, the process must be somewhat different. The first thing to do is to recognize the leather of the shoes, it is not the same to clean a leather surface than a synthetic leather. Those made of suede, suede or fabric are even more delicate to clean . The process to be carried out in each one is explained below.

In natural leather shoes

It begins by diluting in ½ liter of hot water and two tablespoons of shampoo. A clean cloth is then moistened with the mixture and rubbed with the stain gently. Then the foam left by the shampoo is removed with a cloth damp with water. In this case, pumpkin soap is recommended, as well as being very common in the supermarket.

Leather or synthetic leather shoes

For both surfaces you can use the previous products or the dishwasher   since it is a repellent by nature of grease . This tip is useful for stains that are difficult to remove with water . If the leather is dark, the following trick is applied: the stain is removed by rubbing it with the inside of the banana or plantain peel , let it absorb it and it will be as good as new.

In suede shoes

Also known as suede shoes, they are perhaps the most delicate to remove oil stains . It begins by making a preparation with warm water, neutral soap and a little ammonia. Next, you start beating the ingredients until a foam forms, a soft bristle toothbrush is soaked in it and then rubbed on the stain . The residue is then wiped off with a clean cloth and finally dried using a hair dryer.

Removing oil stains on nubuck shoes

It is a material similar to suede, it is for this reason that its cleaning process is similar to the previous one. It is worth mentioning that to remove oil stains on these shoes , liquid products should be avoided. It begins by applying a little talcum powder on the affected area, then a hot water preparation is made with bar soap. A soft bristle brush is soaked in this solution and the area is cleaned, not forgetting that during the rubbing process it should go towards the hair.

Stains on cloth shoes

This type of material makes cleaning very easy. The first thing to do is apply talcum powder on the stain so that it absorbs it. Immediately prepare a solution of warm water with mild soap and add a little baking soda. With these well-mixed ingredients, an effective solution is obtained that should only be added to the stain through a soft bristle brush, then left to dry in the shade and voila, oil stains removed!

Each of these tips should remove oil stains from clothing in a matter of minutes. However, the speed with which you act after the spill will depend to a great extent, the more time passes, the more difficult it will be to remove it.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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