How to remove an oil stain from clothing?

How to remove an oil stain from clothing and fabric? Regardless of the type of oil, food or other, it is quite possible to clean this type of stain on a garment.
Hot water, soil from Sommières, here are my best tips and tricks for removing an oil stain from a garment. Happy cleaning!

1. Remove the oil stain with Terre de Sommières

If you still don’t have Terre de Sommières at home, it’s time to fix it because it’s a great stain remover for the home!

Terre de Sommières is effective in cleaning grease and oil stains on fabrics and other surfaces.

Here’s how to use it on a recent oil stain:

  1. Sprinkle soil from Sommières to cover the entire oil stain.
  2. Leave on for the oil to be completely absorbed by the powder.
  3. Shake and dust the garment to remove all the powder.
  4. Finish with a regular machine wash.

Although it is a little less effective in absorbing an oil stain, you can replace Sommières clay with white flour.

Buy Terre de Sommières:

If you don’t have soil from Sommières, I offer it here at the best price. You will be able to use it to detach clothes, fabrics, carpets and even tiles.

Land of Sommieres

Land of Sommieres

  • Natural and super absorbent powder
  • Removes grease and oil stains
  • Ideal for textiles and porous floors

This product is also very effective for a tar stain. Come and discover all the tips and tricks here: How to remove tar from clothing?

2. Detach the garment with Marseille soap

Do you know Marseille soap? Much more natural and ecological than other soaps sold in stores you can use it for cleaning oil stains on a white garment.

Very easy to use, here’s how:

  1. Lightly dampen garment and stain with warm water.
  2. Gently rub the oil stain with Marseille soap.
  3. Leave the soap to act for about ten minutes and rub again with a little water.
  4. Place the garment in the washing machine to finish cleaning the stain.

If you don’t have Marseille soap at home, you can also apply liquid dish soap to the stain and then rub lightly.

Also useful on a gasoline stain:

Marseille soap is also effective on gasoline stains. Come and discover other practical tips here: Tip for removing a gasoline stain.

3. Removing an oil stain from colored clothing

If you need to remove an oil stain from a colored garment then it is better to use this other ammonia-based trick.

  1. Soak a small cloth or rag in ammonia.
  2. Dab the oil stain gently several times.
  3. Rinse the garment in cold water and finish in the washing machine.

4. Removing an oil stain from a silk garment

For delicate fabrics such as silk clothing, it is important to be careful not to damage the fabric when cleaning the stain.

The land of Sommières as explained in tip #1 can be used to clean an oily or greasy stain on a garment itself.

But you can also try this other trick with glycerin:

  1. Soak the stain in glycerin oil
  2. Leave the product on the stain for 30 to 45 minutes.
  3. Rinse the silk garment with lukewarm water.

It is important to always test the product used on an inconspicuous part to be sure not to damage the textile fiber of the garment. Especially on fragile fabrics and textiles.

5. Remove an old oil stain from clothing

If you did not notice the oil stain on your garment and it has already been washed and dried, it is still possible to remove it.

Here’s how to remove an old, stubborn oil stain:

  1. Spray WD-40 directly on the oil stain without going too far.
  2. Let the WD-40 act for 15 to 20 minutes.
  3. Finish cleaning in the washing machine.

Never use this cleaning tip on delicate and fragile clothes because you risk damaging them permanently. Let’s say it’s a last resort!

6. Tips for not making the oil stain worse

To finish and before letting you go clean this nasty oil stain, I think it is important to share some tips and feedback with you. 🙂

  • It is important to clean the oil stain as quickly as possible to prevent it from settling even deeper into the fibers of the garment.
  • Never sprinkle salt on an oil stain as the salt may burn the textile fibres. Rather prefer the land of Sommières or Talc.
  • Don’t send the oil-stained garment to the washing machine right from the start, as you risk setting the stain and making it even more difficult to remove.

If it’s more of a greasy stain like butter or margarine then these other things should be tested first: Removing a butter stain from clothing.

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