Removing Cooking Oil Stains from Clothing

June 11, 2015

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.


You're welcome. :)


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June 1, 2011

How do I get an oil stain out of cotton pants?

By Rick


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June 1, 20110 found this helpful

How long has the oil stain been on the pants? If it is a fresh stain, soak them in some cool water and 1-2 scoops of Oxyclean. You can buy the generic brand of Oxyclean in the dollar stores. What type of oil stain is it, cooking oil or fuel oil? Either way try soaking them for several hours.

June 2, 20110 found this helpful

I'm bad about spattering cooking oil on my t-shirts when I cook. I keep a shaker of baby powder by the washer, and i sprinkle the stain with powder and let it sit for a while (day or 2) before washing. Shake the powder off before washing, may need to treat again.


Last time I sprayed with spray and wash then put powder on it and it worked very well. I wonder if kitty litter would work? They say to sprinkle it on oil stains in your driveway, might try that.


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June 3, 20110 found this helpful

And if none of that works, try Lestoil. It took car door grease off my white raincoat and I was very impressed. Let it sit a bit before washing.

June 3, 20110 found this helpful

When I have difficult stains I usually resort to putting dishwasher detergent in the washing machine. I have had a lot of good luck with this. But probably it is a last resort.

June 7, 20110 found this helpful

Try talcum powder, put on spot and brush off; may have to do several times.

January 16, 20180 found this helpful

If you can't get an veg oil stain out of a cotton shirt or pants soak the item in vegetable oil. It works great for my colored t-shirts and pants. It darkens the color and stains the whole garment.


Just wash twice in warm water. The cotton fibers absorb the oil and the item will last longer. After washing twice there is no oily feel.

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January 15, 2005

I was making popcorn with a theater type popcorn maker at my daughter's school and got the buttery popcorn oil on a navy blue sweatshirt I had borrowed from my daughter. I sprayed it with 409 and washed it. I was unable to see if the stain had come out before I put it in the dryer so went ahead and dried it. Now I find the stains are still there. Is it too late? Help!

Ande from TX


January 15, 20050 found this helpful

If it's an oily stain, just treat it again with a paste of laundry soap or liquid laundry soap or shout - rub it in, let stand for 10 minutes and wash again.


Repeat as required

By Ann4 (Guest Post)
January 15, 20050 found this helpful

Cover the spot with Dawn dish detergent. Let sit a few minutes or overnight and then wash normally.

By Phyllis (Guest Post)
January 15, 20050 found this helpful

I was given this hint years ago and it has always worked for me, especially if it is a oil stain on clothes, use Easy Off Oven Cleaner, spary the stain, let sit for about 15 minutes and then wash as usual. I hope this works for you.

January 17, 20050 found this helpful

rub a piece of chalk vigorously over the area and wash in warm water. Hang Dry and check--the chalk may take more than one application to work.


chalk works on ring-around-the-collar too or any oily/greasy stain.

By Karen Logan (Guest Post)
January 26, 20050 found this helpful

Try Motsenbacher's Lift Off. It's hard to find but your local hardwarde store can order it. Use on the spot, then you may have to wash several times to get the solvent smell out. It works even on dryer set grease stains!

By Carol (Guest Post)
September 26, 20060 found this helpful

Generously cover the stain in baby powder, let sit 12-24 hours and wash the next day. It works on all kinds of oil or grease stains, even old ones!

By Terry O. (Guest Post)
February 2, 20090 found this helpful

About using the oven cleaner on the popcorn stain on the clothes and I get sit over night would that ruin the clothes?

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March 11, 2008

I recently got olive oil on my cotton bedspread. Does anyone have a suggestion on how to get it out!


March 11, 20080 found this helpful

Bring it to a professional cleaner asap. Oil is the pits, but they should be able to get it out.

March 11, 20080 found this helpful

simple green works on this dont rub in though rub opposite way i have also used wd 40 on oil stains in clothing believe it or not

By Jean in GA. (Guest Post)
March 12, 20080 found this helpful

My husband works with machines that use A LOT of oil and he has to wear dress shirts, pants and shoes to work. We are talking white dress shirts. He is a teacher. When he first started there, I didn't know how to deal with the oil, so I would cut the shirts and pants to make rags. That quickly became way too expensive. So I started buying cheaper shirts 3 at a time at Walmarts. One day, I was in the auto dept. at Walmarts and another man was buying liquid soap to wash his car engine with and was telling his wife or girlfriend to use it to clean the oil spots on his clothes too with it.


Then he told her to use hot boiling water, the engine soap and to let them soak. I then told him I had been listening to his conversation and asked about if any scrubbing was needed. He said no. It works.

I have used it for not only the oil my husband and his students spill on him, but for cooking oil, splatters that get on the floor after cooking. Red mud clay.This is some GOOD soap. Cost around $6 for a gallon. Just pour some in a bucket, enough boiling water to cover the item, then the item. Let soak overnight. Good luck, but I don't think you will need much luck.

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March 12, 20080 found this helpful

Sprinkle oil with corn starch, let it soak up the oil, brush off corn starch, reapply until all of the oil is gone, the launder.

By jennifer (Guest Post)
March 13, 20080 found this helpful

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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May 8, 2019

I would like to know how to remove cooking oil from my t shirt. Please.


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May 8, 20190 found this helpful

I use Blue Dawn and rub it into the stain. Wash as usual.


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May 9, 20190 found this helpful

Dawn works very well on greasy spots. If that doesn't do it, try rubbing in some mechanic's hand cleaner - like D&L Hand Cleaner, scrub with an old toothbrush, then wash as usual.
I used D&L on the back of my son's windbreaker after he leaned against a tar-covered power pole, and it got it all out.


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May 19, 20190 found this helpful

How easy it will be to remove an oil stain will depend on the type of material as well as how old the stain is and whether the garment has ever been dried in the dryer.
I would try either liquid laundry detergent or Dawn dish soap.
Use liquid and let it soak in for an hour or so before washing as usual.
I have also used a paste of baking soda on the stained area keep slightly damp for several minutes and then wash as usual.
The most important thing is to let your shirt air dry (no dryer) until you are sure the stain has been removed.

Here is a link that lists other suggestions.

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May 28, 2010

I splattered olive oil on a new blouse. It is a polyester viscose fabric. I washed it on the delicate cycle and used Zout stain remover, then air dried it. The stain did not come out. Please help.

By carrie from Rochester, NH


May 30, 20100 found this helpful

My mother used to own a drycleaners. Whenever someone brought something in with any kind of oily stain/spot on it. We gently scrubbed the spot with a soft nail brush and liquid sunlight dish soap, then laundered as normal. (also works great on dirt on men's shirt collars and the bottoms of wedding dresses that drag along the ground, or any "dirt/oil marks on fabrics).

The dish soap cuts the grease. laundry detergent does not have the ingredient affect grease/oil on clothes. Most fabric softener sheet are made from animal fat extracts (which makes your clothes soft) and can sometimes transfer grease stains to clothes while drying in the clothes dryer. (that's why after folding a large load of clothes, items start slipping from your hands, as your hands get a thin oily film. Again, Sunlight dish soap. Tried and True. Hope this helps.


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June 2, 20100 found this helpful

A grease breaking detergernt for dishes or Era, Wisk is needed.

February 2, 20110 found this helpful

Read what someone wrote below about how using Gloop or WD-40 can cause a fire/explosion.

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February 20, 2015

How do I get cooking oil stains out of a 100% viscose mesh look jersey?

By Jacinta


January 23, 20170 found this helpful

Gently rub baking soda and dish detergent , apply to stain and let set for 10 min. and then wash on gentle in machine.
works every time

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May 22, 2012

I pressed the bottom of a container of Pam on my t-shirt to try and get a better grip on the nozzle, resulting in a stain in the form of a ring on my t-shirt. I tried using Dawn on it without success.

Any suggestions?


By Judy L.


May 23, 20120 found this helpful

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.

If the stain is still there, repeat. Then, again soak the stain in Dawn and run the pants through a warm water wash and a vinegar rinse. Let air dry and check. You may have to repeat to get it out, but it will eventually go away. Do NOT dry the pants in a dryer until the stain is gone, though, or the stain will be set for life! Good luck!

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May 21, 2012

I need to find out how to get a cooking stain off a cotton dress.

By Sharon


May 21, 20120 found this helpful

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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September 29, 2010

How do I remove a cooking oil stain from a garment?

By liandra from Detroit


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October 2, 20100 found this helpful

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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May 11, 2010

I had a very large area of fresh Wesson oil on a pair of dark brown cotton slacks, so I just saturated the entire pair of slacks in the oil. Should I use a cup of Dawn to neutralize it and let set 24 hours and wash in very warm water? Any suggestions?

By Molly Sharka from Land O Lakes


May 22, 20100 found this helpful

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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July 20, 2007

How can I get out the tanning oil stain in my cotton/spandex dress?

Suzette from Wixom, MI


By booklady2228 (Guest Post)
July 25, 20070 found this helpful

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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June 5, 2006

Does anyone know how to get buttery coconut oil out of clothing?

LorieB from Madison, WI


June 7, 20060 found this helpful

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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November 21, 2013

I was eating steak and onions and the grease from the onions had gotten on my pants. The only products I have are Gain detergent, Sun washing powder, Ajax dish detergent, and some Family Dollar lemon scented bleach with fabric protection. The stain has been on there since Sunday.

By S.H from Atlanta GA

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May 14, 2013

I read some of your solutions, but my problem is bigger than a few spots. I had a 5 gallon jug spill over and saturated my spring coat and 2 sweaters with it. Yes, not spots, all 3 garments are filled with peanut oil. I also have 2 umbrellas saturated with oil too. Any solutions?

By Diane G

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April 25, 2013

A bottle of olive oil broke in a shipment covering a sweatshirt jacket. How can I save the jacket?

By Terry O.

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September 29, 2010

How can you get oil out white clothes and T shirts? I mean cooking oils.


May 28, 2010

How do you remove olive oil stains from clothes?


May 11, 2010

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April 11, 2010

How do I get peanut oil out of my cotton tee shirts after I have already washed them?


February 11, 2010

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.


September 21, 2006
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March 2, 2005

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