How To Get Oil Stains Out of Clothes

Removing oily food stains such as cooking oil is an easy, although sometimes a lengthy process if more than one treatment is required or the fabric is delicate. Oil can be hard to see on white or light colored fabrics. On dark colors the oil will deepen the color or even look like a black spot.


As with most stains it is important to remove oil before washing and drying, especially when using a heated clothes dryer, as this can set the stain into the fabric. If the oil is mixed with other ingredients (for instance a salad dressing) you may have a combination stain on your hands that may need additional treatments to completely remove the stain.

Equipment Needed

  • Clean white cloths

  • Paper towels or coffee filters (May use light brown, unbleached)

  • Baking soda or cornstarch

  • Enzyme cleaner (Puracy natural stain remover or Zout)

  • Petroleum-based liquid dish detergent (Dawn)

Steps Involved

1. Removing the excess oil

2. Treating with Enzyme stain remover

3. Treating with Dishwashing liquid

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