Removing Motor Oil Stains From Carpet

July 7, 2010

Baking Soda and LemonMy husband was good at tracking mud and oil into our carpet, until I finally made him clean it up. The stains were a nightmare. Not so much the mud, but the oil that he tracked in along with the mud sent me through the roof. I was tired of buying poisonous chemicals off the market shelf so I tried an old remedy from my ex-mother-in-law (clean-freak, yet great cook).


I used baking soda on the stains and sprinkled lemon juice onto the baking soda. Watch it fizz! It actually soaks up the substance. I tend to leave it overnight some times on tougher stains. Voila! The stain disappeared, the house isn't bombarded with bad fumes and no more head-bumps from the ceiling.

By Ana from Magnolia, TX


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Sounds like a great, and green recipe. Love that last line, stealth humor! rotfl!

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July 14, 2009

How can I get black oil stains off my beige polypropylene carpet? I would appreciate any ideas that you know actually work. Thanks for your help.

By Irene from Wales


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I'm not sure if you can get Dawn brand dish liquid in wales. If you cn, that would be the first thing I'd try. Just squirt a bit directly on each spot and use a bit of elbow grease. If you can't get Dawn brand, get the best degreasing dish liquid you can.


Hope this helps!

July 17, 20090 found this helpful
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The product Quick and Brite is a miracle cleaner. It's safe enough to eat. You can get it at the link above. You rub it full strength into the stain and let it set for awhile. Then start blotting it out. I have used this on several oil, coffee spilled several times on the car carpet, blood all the things that can ruin things. It has even taken out stains that have been washed and dried several times and 'set in'; thought things would always be 'work clothes' It's definitely worth investing in and it goes a long way. Good Luck

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May 2, 2012

I need help for removing engine oil from carpet.

By Rachel


May 22, 20120 found this helpful

We've had success with Snap industrial cleaner. It's a product from Market America made in US. You can get it from a distributor in your area or from


It's inexpensive and has many uses. We also use it to clean mag wheels.

January 23, 20160 found this helpful

Try multipurpose cleaner and a plastic scraper.

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August 15, 2009

How do I get motor oil out of carpet?

By debra from Rock Hill, SC


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How do you remove an old motor oil stain from a car carpet?

Deb from NE

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