Removing Oil Stains From Carpet

My 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).

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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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July 7, 20100 found this helpful
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Sounds like a great, and green recipe. Love that last line, stealth humor! rotfl!

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January 28, 20140 found this helpful
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I have removed a large oil spot in my car using table salt. Long time ago, in Romania, they used salt to remove oil spots from fabrics. So I tried it in my car and it took it out 100%. I poured salt on the oil spot and as soon as it gets oily, I will remove it and add more. You repeat this until you see the salt no longer gets oily. Then you vacuum. I used two different vacuums, one shop vac and my Dyson.

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Both of them did the job. I had over one quart of oil spilled on the floor of my back seat. You have to have 3-5 (or more if needed) table salt containers, but considering its price it is still cheap versus the other choices. On the carpet rug that I could remove, I tried Tide, Zep Degreaser, Vinegar, Downy, nothing worked. Only Dawn Dish detergent. Good luck with your cleaning job. I am satisfied I have no more oil in my car.

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July 7, 20100 found this helpful

I'd like to try this-but, doesn't the lemon juice/bakin' soda bleach the carpet somewhat?

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August 25, 20190 found this helpful

I made use of this solution yesterday but as yet baking soda hasnt totally dried. So not sure if I should lift it up to see if oil has been removed thanks

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