How to deal with difficult-to-budge oil splatter on your clothes

How to deal with difficult-to-budge oil splatter on your clothes

Oil splatters are common when you're cooking, but when it gets onto your clothes, it can be difficult to remove. Don't panic, you can save your favourite shirt from the bin by trying one of these 3 tips to remove oil stains from fabric.

July 30, 2020
Someone washing an item of clothing by hand

It’s best to tackle the stain as soon as it happens and only if the item is machine washable. Use a tissue or paper towel and dab the stain to try to soak up as much of the oil as possible and then use one of the following 3 methods to remove the stain:.

  1. Cover the oil stain in sodium bi-carb and leave for 30 minutes. Fill a bucket with hot water and add a sprinkle of bi-carb. Put the stained item in the water and soak for 15 minutes. Dislodge any remaining bi-carb and wash as usual.
  2. Spray a little WD-40 on the stain and add sodium bi-carb to the affected area. Scrub the stain with a toothbrush until the bi-carb soda starts to clump. Add a drop of dish soap and scrub again. Rinse off the sodium bi-carb with clean water and wash as usual.
  3. Apply dish washing detergent to the stain. Scrub the area with a toothbrush until the stain begins to lift and then wash as normal. Only use this method on colour-fast fabric.

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