Puddle of olive oil

How To Remove Oil Stains From Clothes

Here is a dead easy way to remove any cooking oil stain from clothing.

Puddle of olive oil


THIS STUFF WORKS | Quick, which home cleaning product has grease-cutting properties as a big part of its raison d’être? Anyone who has ever watched daytime television even once knows the answer is dishwashing liquid. What I didn’t know until this past weekend is that the grease-cutting effectiveness of liquid detergent on pots and pans can also be applied to clothing. I learned this the hard way, of course, when I dropped a big glob of salad dressing containing olive oil on my A&F Bermuda shorts.

How To Remove Oil Stains From Fabric

dishwashing liquid -shutterstockDab the stain with a paper towel to remove excess oil and gunk. Squirt light-coloured liquid detergent onto the stain and work it into the fabric. Let the detergent sit for at least five minutes (I let it sit overnight). Before you wash your item in the hottest water possible for the fabric type, spritz a bit of white vinegar on the stain to double-down on the grease-cutting effectiveness.

My friend Roxana gave me the above recipe and, frankly, I didn’t hold out a lot of hope that my shorts would look good as new, but they did. What a revelation. —Carolann Rule

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