Baby oil stains can happen quickly, because it can easily spill or drip. When it does it can be frustrating trying to remove the stain it leaves behind from your clothes, upholstery or carpet.
That is because baby oil, like any type of oil stain, is slick and repels water, making it more difficult to remove the stain in ways you would normally think of.
In addition, it seem to spread quickly, so you have to be careful about rubbing at the spot, which can make it spread even more.
Below are instructions for removing these stains from clothing, upholstery and carpet.
Step 1: Rub a small amount of dish soap into the fabric.
Step 2: Rinse the stained area well, flushing away both the baby oil and the dishwashing liquid.
Step 3: Pretreat the stain with a laundry stain remover.
Step 4: Launder in the hottest water allowed for the fabric to thoroughly remove the stain.
Hint: Make sure the stain is gone after washing, but before you place in the dryer or you may set the stain. Repeat if necessary.
You may also want to read this article about removing grease from clothes with dishwashing liquid and a toothbrush, plus more home remedies. The type of oil stain addressed in the video is different, but the stain removal method is the same as for stains caused by baby oil.
Step 1: Blot up as much of the baby oil as possible from the upholstery without spreading the stain further.
Step 2: Place an absorbent, such as cornstarch or baking soda, onto the spot, and let it soak in for approximately 15 minutes.
Step 3: Scrape or vacuum up the absorbent, which has absorbed some of the baby oil.
Hint: Depending on the amount of baby oil spilled you may need to repeat this step until no more oil is absorbed by the absorbent.
Step 4: For the baby oil still remaining take a clean white cloth and sponge the stain caused by the baby oil with a dry cleaning solvent.
Hint: First, be sure to test this solvent on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery to make sure it is safe for your upholstery.
Step 5: Next, blot at the solution until the solvent is absorbed.
Step 6: Repeat steps 4-5 until the stains are removed from the upholstery.
If that does not work you can mix a solution of two cups cool water and one tablespoon dishwashing liquid, and using this solution, sponge the stain with a clean white cloth, blotting at the solution until the liquid is absorbed, and the stain removed.
Once the spot is gone use plain cold water and a new white cloth and sponge the area to remove the cleaning solution, and then blot dry.
Hint: Be sure to get the upholstery only as wet as necessary to remove the stain caused by the baby oil.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for removing stains from baby oil from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
Perhaps you don't want to make your own stain remover, but instead want to use something designed to remove baby oil.
Here are some articles and reviews on this site which discuss various products that are designed to remove these spots and spills:
Pretreat With Dishwashing Liquid
You can also share your own stain remover reviews here for other removers that work on formula, or any other spot.
I'm always looking for more tips and ideas for how to remove stains. You can share your stain removal tip here, for removing spots caused by baby oil or anything else.
I know we've been talking about how to remove stains from this substance, but one reader, Anna, has also shared how baby oil can remove mechanical grease stains from clothes.
Are you a stain magnet like me? If so, check out the A to Z Stain Removal Guide which gives directions for how to remove over 100 types of stains from all kinds of surfaces.
Third photo by G & A Sattler
Hi, I'm Taylor, a busy mom with 3 kids, so I have lots of hands on experience with house cleaning, laundry and my fair share of spots, spills and other messy catastrophes. Thanks for visiting my site.
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