Over the next few weeks, we'll be prepping your laundry room with fantastic advice on how to remove every stain in your wardrobe. This is our first segment of this handy 4-part series: Removing oil-based stains
Some of the most common oil-based stains are:
- Margarine or butter
- Ring around the collar
Although oil stains can be difficult to fully get rid of, the following steps will keep the worst from reappearing just when you think you've seen the last of them!
Lightly Soiled Oil-Based Stains
1. Soak the stained area in the hottest water the clothing will tolerate.
2. Add detergent
after five minutes of soaking and begin your wash cycle (again, in the hottest water manageable).
3. After a full rinse cycle, check the stained area. If it has vanished, feel free to dry as necessary. If not, repeat another hot rinse cycle with detergent.
Heavily Soiled Oil-Based Stains
1. Rub cornstarch
or talcum powder into the stained area and let sit for at least twenty minutes.
2. Brush off with a dry washcloth or soft dry brush.
3. If the stain still exists, repeat the treatment several times to fully remove the oil.
4. Launder in hot water as normal and check area before drying. Repeat if necessary.
or citrus turpine is made from natural, steam distilled citrus oils, which are natural solvents. They are not non-toxic, but have the lowest toxicity of all solvents -- and smell wonderful!
1. Dab citrus oil on the stained area with a cotton swab.
2. Cover with a paper towel and run a hot steam iron over the stain.
3. The citrus oil will evaporate, along with the stain!