Vegetable oil stains can be difficult to get out, unless you know the right techniques.
What you definitely don't want to do with any cooking oil stain is to allow it to go through the dryer, because that makes it even harder to remove by setting the stain.
Have you ever tried to get out these stains once they have set? It is much more difficult and takes much more time and effort.
In addition, you need to cut the grease to properly remove the stain.
The way you do this sometimes surprises people -- use dishwashing liquid.
These stain removal tips for getting out vegetable oil work well on all kinds of cooking oil, including Canola oil stains and olive oil stains too.
Step 1: Rub a small amount of hand dishwashing soap into the fabric.
Step 2: Rinse the stained area well, flushing away both the vegetable oil and the dishwashing liquid solution.
Step 4: Launder in the hottest water allowed for the fabric to thoroughly remove the stain and the oil.
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 watch this video demonstrating how to remove cooking oil stains from clothing with dishwashing liquid and a toothbrush.
Step 1: Blot up as much of the vegetable oil as possible from the upholstery without spreading the stain further.
Step 3: Scrape or vacuum up the absorbent, which has absorbed some of the vegetable oil.
Hint: Depending on the amount of the vegetable oil spilled you may need to repeat this step until no more vegetable oil is absorbed by the baking soda or cornstarch.
Step 4: For the vegetable oil still remaining take a clean white cloth and sponge the stain caused by the vegetable oil with a dry cleaning solvent.
Hint: Be sure to test this solvent on an inconspicuous area of the upholstery to make sure it is safe.
Step 5: Next, blot at the stain 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 stain from the vegetable oil 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 vegetable oil.
You can get more information on how to clean upholstery here.
The instructions for removing stains from vegetable oil from carpet is the same as for upholstery.
Do you have your own stain removal tip for removing stains from cooking oil and grease? If so, submit your tip about how to remove oil stains here, or read other tips already submitted.
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 Taras Kalapun
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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CAUTION: This website is provided for informational purposes only. It is provided as is, without warranties or guarantees. Some stains and messes just won't come out, and are permanent. Further, some cleaning methods can harm your item, so if what you want to clean or launder is sentimental or expensive call a professional. See disclaimer of liability for more information.
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