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Removing Cooking Oil Stains from Clothing

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Bottle of olive oil.

Cooking oil seems to deliberately splatter on your clothing while you are cooking. This is a guide about removing cooking oil stains from clothing.


Solutions: Removing Cooking Oil Stains from Clothing

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Tip: Hand Cleaner for Cooking Oil Stains

First, "do not" get clothing wet! Go to a Walmart and purchase Permatex Hand Cleaner. It says on the top of the cap, "Toughest on Laundry Stains". Dry rub this product on your stain and squeeze it off like you would squeeze the top paste towards the end of the tube so it's not all bunched up. Repeat until all the jelly like substance is squeezed out. Rinse with lukewarm water. Repeat if necessary.

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    By jennifer (Guest Post)03/13/2008

    Rub some dawn dish washing liquid on the stain and then wet the area and work into a lather. Let set then launder. I work in a restaurant where I come home often with burger grease or fryer grease on my shirts. Dawn works even after I've washed and dried a shirt and then figured out I had a stain.

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    By Susan05/23/2012

    This is a tricky one - the only success I've had (I sprayed Pam on a cotton/poly blouse) was to lay the oily area over a dish towel, soak it with Dawn, and use a toothbrush to work it into the stain. Let it sit for an hour, rinse it with warm water, and let it air dry.

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    By Sheilah Link [5]05/21/2012

    Is it an oil or food stain? Usually, I dampen the spot and apply Dawn or another NON-bleaching dish soap. Work into the stain gently and allow to soak for about 10 minutes, then wash as you normally would.

    Most dish washing liquids will make gobs of suds so be prepared to rinse and rinse. Air dry. If this doesn't work, there are products like Shout with which I have had good luck. It may take a couple of tries to completely remove the stain.

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    By Louise B. [6]10/02/2010

    Try Shout. Works for me. I see others use Dawn. I am going to try that as well; stands to reason that it might dissolve grease as that is what it is formulated for.

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    By Molly Sharka [1]05/22/2010

    I recently had a large area of Wesson oil on my brown slacks. I tried several things and finally I just soaked the entire pair of pants in Wesson oil. The next step I removed as much of it with paper towels. After that I used a half container of baby powder with corn starch all over the pants and let it set for 6-8 hours. I scraped all of that off that I could and then soaked the pants in a cup of undiluted Dawn. This sat over night. I tried to removed as much of everything possible. I hand washed the slacks and then I put them into the washing machine. Everything came out but I had a dream that I sat on a church pew and left a big oil mark. Don't give up. If you don't try you won't find out if you could have saved those pants.

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    By booklady2228 (Guest Post)07/25/2007

    If the dress is washable, I would put some Dawn dish washing detergent on the area, leave it alone for a day or two and then wash. Dollar Store shampoo for oily hair works great also, Suave or the cheapest shampoo they have! I got some pizza sauce on a top and put Dawn on it and it came right out. I also use Dawn for collar stains, underarm stains, grass stains on baseball uniforms and just about every kind of stain on clothes! Works like a charm every time!

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    By Susabelle [7]06/07/2006

    Anything oily and greasy needs extra care before washing. Try hand-rubbing a bit of dawn dishwashing liquid on the stain, let sit, then was as usual. DO NOT DRY until the stain is completely removed. You may need to wash several times with the Dawn as a pre-treater.

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    Archive: Dried On Cooking Oil On Clothing

    I did not realize a piece of clothing had cooking oil on it before washing - washed in cold water, dried as per usual, discovered grease stain after washed and dried. Any way of getting out a grease stain once a piece of clothing has been dried in the dryer? Thanks.


    RE: Dried On Cooking Oil On Clothing

    Use Dawn dish soap on the oil spot, full strength and rub it in. Then wash as usual. I'll be very surprised if that oil stain is still there when you dry it again. If the stain is still a little visible, repeat the process. I just had that happen with a teal turtle neck and it worked like a charm. Hope this helps! (03/03/2005)

    By Luvyabye

    RE: Dried On Cooking Oil On Clothing

    Try Lestoil! It works great on any kind of oil stains - even the ones your husband gets while working on the car! (03/03/2005)

    By Maureen

    RE: Dried On Cooking Oil On Clothing

    I just found Janie Dry Spot Remover at Joann's Crafts and it is wonderful! I had oil, grease spots on dark T-shirts and tops. I have tried many things, but because they are dark, it would make a spot. Janie's is magic! (They have been washed and dried previously also!) (05/02/2005)

    By Mary Jane

    RE: Dried On Cooking Oil On Clothing

    Lestoil works, but it smells BAD! I found a degreaser from amway that works wonders, it's an aeorsol can, spray and presto. (06/14/2005)

    By kelly

    RE: Dried On Cooking Oil On Clothing

    Dawn soap worked great! I have a very nice dress shirt with 2 old cooking oil stains, now their gone. Great tip. (09/21/2005)

    By Clude

    Archive: Olive Oil Stain on Clothing

    How can I remove grease stains (olive oil) from cotton? I hate to spend $25 at the dry cleaner for a pair of khakis and a polo shirt!

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    RE: Olive Oil Stain on Clothing

    Hi Jennifer!!! Squirt Dawn dishwashing liquid on the grease spot full strength, rub it in and wash as usual (I usally let it sit for a few minutes before washing). If the spot doesn't come out, repeat the process a time or 2 more. It's never failed me on any grease spots...even dried in spots!!! (09/06/2006)

    By Luvyabye


    There is a product called GOOP and it is sold as a hand cleaner for mecanics. I found it at a dollar store and it's the only grease remover I've used that has worked on absolutely everything. You might find it at an automotive supply store. (09/08/2006)


    RE: Olive Oil Stain on Clothing

    WD-40 ---> WD40 is made from oil & oil takes out oil. First take a rubber band, wrap the rubber band around the stain to isolate it. Spray on the WD40, let it sit a few hours. ---> Then you need to remove the WD40. since WD40 is oil based, use cheap shampoo, because Shampoo removes oil. ---> do NOT put any stains in the dryer, as this sets the stain! Make sure all stains are gone before drying in a machine. As stated above. Goop (or any waterless hand cream) is the best all around stain remover. You could try the Goop first because Goop is made to remove oil from you hands. If the Goop dosen't work, use the WD40. (09/08/2006)

    By Cyinda

    RE: Olive Oil Stain on Clothing

    Try ammonia and or shampoo poured on the spot in the washer. Worked on turkey grease that was spilled on my dress pants and they had even been through the washer and dryer first. (09/11/2006)

    Archive: Removing Cooking Oil From Clothing

    I need advice on washing the set in stains on clothing such as mayonnaise, oil, butter, etc. and getting the stain out if it has already been washed and dried.

    Djxn from Colfax, CA

    RE: Removing Cooking Oil From Clothing

    Use Stanley Degreaser which can be purchased from Stanley Home Products. They also have a company web site. I don't sell the stuff, but I do buy it online. ss (07/13/2007)

    By savvysewer

    RE: Removing Cooking Oil From Clothing

    Old Masters handsoap works wonders. You can buy it in Michael's crafts, for just a few dollars a bar. It removes oil paint, ink, grease, etc. from clothing. I just rub some into the stain and let sit a few minutes and it usually washes the stain right out. Have used on fresh stains and previously washed and dried stains. I highly recommend it. In fact I need to get up there to get a bar myself. (07/17/2007)

    By B Kele

    RE: Removing Cooking Oil From Clothing

    I bought the new Shout Advanced Set in Stain Remover. It did a good job on a set in chocolate stain that had been washed and dried many time. I tried it just to see if it would work, and it did. It also got out a ink stain on a work vest. (07/18/2007)

    RE: Removing Cooking Oil From Clothing

    Ditto for the Dawn. You may have to use it more than once, but it's cheap and works great. And can often be used even after stains have been heat-set to save clothing. (07/19/2007)

    By susanmajp

    RE: Removing Cooking Oil From Clothing

    I found this somewhere else on the ThriftyFun site and it works wonders for getting cooking oil out of clothes: (07/26/2007)

    By M Tanbrooke

    RE: Removing Cooking Oil From Clothing

    Dawn can stain some clothes if it is left on too long, so be careful with dark colors. I know this question was a while back, but I'm new and have an answer. For oil stains, even old ones, pile baby powder in a mound over the stain. Let it sit over night, shake out and then wash as usual. It removes a majority of our oil stains. (08/05/2007)

    By Nicole

    RE: Removing Cooking Oil From Clothing

    I used the baby powder suggestion on a huge grease stain on my favorite sweatshirt and it worked. I was amazed. It worked even when the stain appeared to be set-in. Thanks to the person that posted the suggestion. (05/29/2008)

    By Elise

    RE: Removing Cooking Oil From Clothing

    I've heard that putting a full can of Coke in your washer works well. Fill the washing machine with the clothes and cold water. After the machine is full of water, add your detergent and a full can of Coke. It should take out the oil stain. Don't know if it works once you dry the garment though. (09/29/2008)

    By Lee

    RE: Removing Cooking Oil From Clothing

    I used Shout Advanced after washing and drying my favorite sweatshirt with cooking oil on it. I let the Shout sit overnight, washed in warmest water possible like the directions said and it worked. The stain is completely gone and I don't have to go all the way to Boston (from Texas) to get another one. (01/05/2009)

    By Pam

    RE: Removing Cooking Oil From Clothing

    Squirt blue Dawn dish detergent on the stain and let set for at least 24 hours and launder again. (03/01/2009)

    By Happily Retired

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