Oil stains are a common nuisance that can tarnish the appearance of our clothes, driveways, or kitchen surfaces. Whether it’s a cooking mishap or a leak from your car, getting rid of oil stains can be a daunting task.

However, with the right techniques and a bit of patience, you can bid farewell to these unsightly marks.

Act swiftly

The key to successful oil stain removal is to act quickly. Blot the stain with a paper towel or a clean cloth to absorb as much oil as possible. Avoid rubbing, as it can spread the stain.

Use dish soap

For clothing stains, apply a few drops of dish soap directly to the affected area. Gently rub the fabric together, then rinse with cold water. Check if the stain is gone before laundering.

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Baking soda and cornstarch

On hard surfaces like driveways, mix equal parts baking soda and cornstarch. Sprinkle the mixture onto the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes. Scrub with a stiff brush and rinse with water.

Trust in vinegar

According to Garden & Home, you can mix one part vinegar with two parts water to help get rid of some nasty oil stains on clothes. Dab the solution onto the stain, then blot with a clean cloth. Rinse thoroughly with cold water.

Commercial stain removers

There are numerous commercial stain removers available, each designed for specific surfaces. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions for the best results.

Remember that not all stains are the same, and results may vary. Always check the care label on clothing and test any cleaning solution on a small, inconspicuous area before applying it to the stain. With these tips in your arsenal, you’ll be well-equipped to tackle oil stains and keep your belongings looking clean and fresh.


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Article was originally written and published by Kaylum Keet for BONA.

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