How to Remove Cooking Oil From Clothes

April Dowling

Cooking oil is a necessary component of numerous recipes, including baked goods and sautéed dishes. Since cooking oil is so prevalent, unintentional spills are inevitable. Cooking oil stains often result when people wipe their oily hands onto their clothing during food preparation.

Hot cooking oil can splash onto clothing.

Like all oil, cooking oil gradually permeates clothing fibers and leaves an unattractive stain. Promptly remove cooking oil from garments before it sets and becomes troublesome. All types of cooking oil, including vegetable, peanut, sunflower and olive oil, require the same stain-removal treatment.

  1. Scoop excess cooking oil off the garment’s surface using a spoon. Remove as much cooking oil from the clothing as possible.

  2. Blot the oily fabric with paper towels until only the dark stain remains. Absorb all excess cooking oil from the fabric.

  3. Focus on the remaining dark stain on the clothing. Coat the stain liberally with prewash stain remover. Let the stain soak for 10 minutes.

  4. Flush the stain with lukewarm water. Completely rinse out the stain remover.

  5. Launder the clothing as specifically instructed on its care label. Use the hottest water the clothing item is capable of enduring, along with 2 oz. of laundry detergent.

  6. Lay the clothing flat and let it air-dry.

  7. Tip

    Substitute liquid enzyme detergent for prewash stain remover.


    Spot-test any prewash stain remover on clothing to avoid damage.

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