How to Get Vegetable Oil Out of Clothes

Tackle vegetable oil stains on your clothes by using one of these stain-busting techniques.


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No matter what you spilled on your clothes or furnishings, we can tell you how to get it out.


You Will Need

  • Baby powder
  • Cornstarch
  • Baking soda
  • Chalk
  • WD-40
  • Hairspray
  • Liquid dish soap
  • Shampoo
  • Liquid laundry detergent


  1. Step 1

    Use an absorbent powder

    Absorb vegetable oil from clothing by sprinkling baby powder, cornstarch, or baking soda on the stain. Let it sit overnight, and then brush it off. Repeat the process until the stain is gone.

  2. Treat all oil stains as soon as possible. The stain will be harder to remove once it's laundered.

  3. Step 2

    Rub chalk

    Rub a little chalk onto the clothing before laundering. The chalk will absorb the oil.

  4. Step 3

    Apply WD-40 or hairspray

    Apply enough WD-40 or hair spray to the stain without oversaturating. After it sits for a few minutes, apply detergent or soap to the stain before laundering.

  5. Test the WD-40 and hair spray on a small area first -- these products are not suitable for all fabrics.

  6. Step 4

    Try liquid dish soap or shampoo

    Try using liquid dish soap or shampoo on a tough stain. Let it sit on the fabric for a few minutes, then launder as usual.

  7. Step 5

    Use liquid laundry detergent

    Pretreat oil stains with liquid laundry detergent. Then launder it in the hottest water possible that is safe for the fabric. Go battle those stains!

  8. WD-40 was developed in 1953; it stands for Water Displacement, 40th attempt.