How To Remove Oil Stains:
Olive Oil Stain Removal

Knowing how to remove oil stains is important, especially if you have children around who might be prone to spilling, dogs who might knock into you when you're carrying oil, or often host dinner parties during which guests could accidentally spill their plates.

Oil can leave greasy, dark stains wherever it is dropped, ruining clothes, carpets and furniture. The stains can be unsightly and if left untreated, can cause permanent damage. However, don't lose hope; there are remedies and tricks for removing oil stains, including olive oil stain removal.

Oil stains can be removed from everything from clothing to the concrete floor of your garage. There are a few ways you can remove oil stains.

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Here are some products you'll want to keep on hand (and they are so useful for other things as well!) so you'll know how to remove oil stains anywhere!

-Baking soda or cornstarch

-Baby powder


-White vinegar

-Talcum powder

-Dry-cleaning solvent

-Rags or paper towels

-Dish soap designed specifically for grease stains

-Non-butane lighter fluid

-Rubbing alcohol

-Cat litter or sawdust

-Oven cleaner

-Prewash stain remover

For olive oil stain removal, follow these tips:

Clothing: If you spilled olive oil on your clothing, treat the clothing with the prewash stain remover and wash using the hottest water you can (without damaging the clothing).

Furniture: Gently wipe up excess oil using paper towels. Pour baking soda or cornstarch to absorb the oil. After 20 minutes, vacuum. Next, use your rag and the dry cleaning solvent to blot the stain. Repeat until it is gone!

Flooring: For hard floors, just wipe up immediately and treat with a floor cleaner.

For carpets, pick up extra oil using paper towels. Follow the same steps listed in the furniture section (use cornstarch to absorb, then vacuum, then blot with dry cleaning solution). If you are still having trouble lifting the stain, use your dish soap and white vinegar (about one tablespoon each) mixed in two cups of warm water. Blot with this solution then sponge it with cold water. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Non-Olive Oil Stains

If you're not interested in olive oil stain removal, but instead have spilled a different type of oil on your clothing, furniture or floor, follow these "How to Remove Oil Stains" steps:

Clothing: Use the cornstarch or baby powder as an absorbent. Apply this directly to the stain on the clothing. Let it sit for a couple of minutes, and then shake it off into a trashcan or the bathtub. You can also blot the back of the stain with dry cleaning solution or dish soap. Then use prewash stain remover and wash with the hottest water possible (without damaging your clothing).

You can also use non-butane lighter fluid as a blotter; allow it to sit on the stain for a minute or two first, then let the clothing sit in soapy (dish soap) water for a few minutes before washing.

Furniture: Use an absorbent first. Vacuum the stain after 15 minutes. Blot at the stain using rubbing alcohol; you can also try dry cleaning solvent. You might have to repeat this step several times.

Flooring: For hard floors, simply wipe up the stain immediately and clean the floor using your regular floor cleaner. You can use rubbing alcohol or white vinegar as well.

For carpets, use your absorbent, then let stand for 15 minutes. Vacuum. Use rubbing alcohol or dry cleaning solvent to blot the stain (never rub!). Repeat.

For concrete, pour cat litter or sawdust on the stain. Allow it to sit overnight. Sweep up gently (make sure not to rub it in or spread it even more!). Next, use oven cleaner. Pour it directly onto the stain and allow it to sit for a couple of hours. Wipe it up using a damp cloth.

Knowing how to remove oil stains will come in handy. Just have your ingredients ready, and you're prepared for the worst!

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