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How to Get Vegetable Oil Out of Clothes

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


  • 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.
  • TIP: Treat all oil stains as soon as possible. The stain will be harder to remove once it's laundered.
  • Step 2: Rub chalk Rub a little chalk onto the clothing before laundering. The chalk will absorb the oil.
  • 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.
  • TIP: Test the WD-40 and hair spray on a small area first -- these products are not suitable for all fabrics.
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • FACT: WD-40 was developed in 1953; it stands for Water Displacement, 40th attempt.

You Will Need

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

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