So you’ve spilled some oil down your shirt, and although it might not stand out like a splash of red wine or a dot of ketchup, it can be one of the most difficult stains to remove.
Instead of a brightly coloured stain, oil leaves a greasy patch behind that’s slightly darker than the surrounding fabric. When it comes to greasy stains, the danger is that the longer you leave that oil spot unattended, the darker it will become over time, and if left too long, it can also set permanently.
Whether you’re frying in the kitchen, working on your car, or get splashed on the sidewalk, oil stains can strike at any time, and you’re left with the same problem – how to get rid of oil stains on clothes.
How to remove oil stains from clothes
In case you get an oil stain on your clothing, you can simply get rid of it by following the below steps, no matter if it’s grease, cooking oil or motor oil.
Act quickly. When you want to get that oil stain out of your clothes, it’s important to make sure you don’t allow the stain to dry or set into the fibres of the fabric. You need to act fast and remove oil stains as soon as they happen.
Blot the stain to remove excess grease. Grab a tissue or a paper towel and press the stain gently on both sides to soak up the excess oil.
Make sure you check the fabric care label before washing your clothes. What temperature can the garment be washed on? Is it hand wash only? Is it made of wool, cotton, silk or synthetic fibres? The label on your clothes should tell you how to wash your clothes safely.
To remove grease, ghee, cooking oil or butter stains, you can pre-treat the stain with a spot of dish soap. This will help loosen the stain before the wash, making it easier to remove oil from clothes.
To remove other oil stains, such as motor oil, prepare a soaking solution with Ariel to pre-treat the garment before washing.
Wash your garment in an enzyme-based powder detergent, such as Ariel Matic Washing Powder, which has been specially designed to lift off even the toughest stains, like oils, from clothing, through the use of solvents like ethanol. In case of brightly coloured clothes, choose Ariel Matic Concentrated Liquid Detergent.
Make sure the oil stain has completely vanished before letting the item dry. If the stain is still visible, repeat the steps above and wash the garment again, until it is completely clean.
Common oil stains
You can get that oil spot from pretty much anywhere around the house, or even when you’re out and about. In the kitchen, cooking oil, butter and grease are the main guilty parties, but you can also find that patchy oil stain on clothes from motor oil, oily road water and even oil paint. Not only does it look bad, but it can also be tricky to remove as well.
If you can act fast, oil stain removal is easy, especially with some help from Ariel. Ariel Liquid and Ariel Washing Powder dissolve quickly in your laundry and remove even the toughest stains in just one wash, while keeping your clothes bright and vivid.