How to Take Olive Oil Stains Out

Olive oil is rich in vitamins and antioxidants, making it known for its many health benefits.

Remove olive oil stains in a few easy steps.Remove olive oil stains in a few easy steps.
Some of these benefits include lowering cholesterol, improving digestion, and aiding in the treatment of gastrointestinal ailments. Olive oil is used in cooking as a substitute for vegetable oil, in salad dressing and in a variety of other healthy dishes. If you are a consumer of olive oil, chances are you have at least one article of clothing with an oil stain.

Sprinkle baking soda on the olive oil stain to absorb excess oil. Leave on for five minutes, then brush off the baking soda.

Squirt enough dish detergent onto the garment to completely cover the stain. Rub the garment together in your hands to work the detergent into the stain.

Fill the sink or bucket with warm water and add a small amount of dish detergent. Place the stained garment in the soapy water and let it soak overnight.

Remove the garment from the soapy water and launder as usual. Allow it to air dry, then inspect the garment for any traces of the olive oil stain. Do not place the garment in the dryer before you are positive the stain is completely gone. The heat from the dryer will set the stain permanently.

Things You Will Need

  • Baking soda
  • Grease-fighting dish detergent
  • Clean sink or bucket
  • Warm water


  • For best results, treat the stain as soon as possible.

About the Author

Jess Jones has been a freelance writer since 2005. She has been a featured contributing writer for "Curve Magazine" and she teaches English composition at a small college in Ann Arbor, Michigan. She received her Master of Arts in English language and literature in 2002.