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October 6, 20040 found this helpful

I got baby oil on my swooshy pants (like jogging pants) and have no idea how to get it out, I am pretty sure it will stain. I haven't washed them yet because I am not sure what to do. It happened today. Any tips please! I just bought them.


Sara from Ohio


By Nancy (Guest Post)
October 7, 20040 found this helpful

As always, test an inconspicuous spot first but for any type of oily/greasy stain (cooking oil, greasy food drops, etc.) I've had success with treating the area first with either Goo Gone or Oops. Both of these have worked well for me in the past.

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October 7, 20040 found this helpful

I once had a horrible butter stain on my jeans (due to eating popcorn with a detachable lid to the bowl). Anyhow, I thought the jeans were ruined forever, because I washed them and the stain didn't come out! I was beside myself, because they were a favorite pair of jeans. This is what I did.

I sprayed WD-40 on the stain, let it sit for a little while, then washed the jeans again, and to my surprise, the butter stain was gone! The WD-40 washed out, too!

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October 7, 20040 found this helpful

Many years ago, I worked as a laundress at an upscale hotel. We used cheap shampoo for oily hair as a pre-treatment for oily stains. Make sure to launder in hot water (necessary for oily stains, but other stains should be laundered in cool water to prevent setting the stain).


A friend uses dish detergent as a pre-treatment on oily stains with much sucess.

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October 8, 20040 found this helpful

try putting cornstarch or baby powder on the oil stain to soak up as much oil as you can..repeat if its not all out, then use dawn dish not put in dryer until all the stain is out or it will set the stain.

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By gord (Guest Post)
October 11, 20040 found this helpful

hard to believe but wd 40 is the answer it will make the oil in your pants liquid and then grease cutting detergent will remove oil

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By Cindy in AL (Guest Post)
October 12, 20040 found this helpful

I would try Dawn dishwashing liquid. Cut grease and oil out of your way.

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By PD (Guest Post)
October 14, 20040 found this helpful


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March 23, 20120 found this helpful

How do I remove baby oil from cotton polyester elastane fabric? Please help.

By Lesley

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December 20, 20060 found this helpful

How do I remove baby oil stain from clothing?

Vickie from Canton, Ohio

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December 20, 20060 found this helpful

How do I remove baby oil from a pair of blue jeans?

Ang from Lawndale, NC


Baby Oil Stains on Blue Jeans

Soak the patch with *neat* washing up liquid, then just put in the washing machine as normal. (10/24/2006)


By Kizzie

Baby Oil Stains on Blue Jeans

I have a lot of success removing greasy and oily stains with dish soap (such as Dawn, Palmolive etc). Apply the dish soap to the spots, rub it in and launder as usual. Good luck! (10/24/2006)

By Christine Schuyler

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