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How to get oil stains out of clothing by only using what you'll find in the kitchen!

One of the biggest ways to be frugal with fashion is to buy good clothes that can last forever. For me the clothes might last, but they have oil stains all over the front after a while.  I never knew what to do until a friend told me to try dish washing detergent. From my experience Dawn is the best, though others have told me that any traditional dish soap works (very few organic ones work).

Using Dawn has worked on new stains and old stains that have already been washed a hundred times!  While I can’t guarantee it will restore your shirt to looking new, once you have the oil stain there really isn’t any reason to not try it.

To show you one result:

My husband and I went out for a nice date night and I wore a “new to me” dress.  During dinner I managed to drip oil right on the top front of it.

As soon as we came home I grabbed some Dawn dish soap from the kitchen.  Rubbed it in and then let it sit.  You want to let it sit for at least one hour before washing.

After running it through the washing machine, the dress is just like new (I just need to iron it)!


Do you have any other great stain removing tips?

    • Pam

      I recently discovered the power of Dawn! It does work miracles.

    • twohappykids

      Our church’s playground is covered in rubber tire mulch. I’m sure it’s the safest surface for a playground, but it makes me crazy trying to keep shoes and clothes clean. I am so happy when it rains on Sunday, and they can’t play outside! :D My little girl wore a brand-new Laura Ashley dress with light pink and white stripes to church on Easter Day (yes, I knew she might go to the playground – but it was a special day – so I bit the bullet), and, as expected, she came home with rubber tire mulch spots on the back of her dress which did not come out with Tide, Tide Boost, etc.. My husband was at Ace Hardware the next day, and the manager told him to try “Gojo” brand hand cleaner and grease remover on it! I was skeptical because I thought we would be trading black spots for oily spots, but I figured the dress was unwearable again anyway, so I gently scrubbed the spots with the Gojo using a toothbrush, and I am relieved to say that the spots are gone, and there are no “greasy” spots from the Gojo which is petroleum-based! Dawn works on everything (except the rubber tire mulch marks), so I will keep using that for everything else, and Gojo is my new “go to” cleaner for getting out the marks the kids get on the church playground!

    • Hollybee

      I have been using dishwashing liquid on oil stains for years. It can sometimes work miracles!

    • Ann

      My go to oil remover is Lestoil. It is a degreaser that you can find at most Hardware stores and Lowes or Home Depot. I put it in a squirt bottle (condiment bottle I found at Walmart) and I use it on all my oil stains. It works like magic.

    • tay

      I have used Murphys oil soap for years. It works even if the stain has been washed and dried- even several times. it gets everything out and just about any fabric. I am never without it.

    • Regular WISK detergent will take out any kind of protein including sweat, rings around the collars and even blood! For blood, cover the spot completely with Wisk, then soak the garment in ice cold water for 15 minutes. Then, wash your clothes in cold water. It works for me everytime! Do not use hot water or it will not work!

    • middle cason girl

      Thank you all so much, I was just debating on what to put on my son’s dress pants. Has anyone tried the Dawn Direct Foam? I use it to get the iron off our bathtub.

    • Lauren

      I was researching getting oil stains out of clothes a couple years ago and discovered baking soda! You put a little on the stain, maybe dab with some water, and scrub with a toothbrush to work it in. Let it sit for a few minutes, then launder. Worked wonders for my stain! :)

    • dawg4

      I have good luck with Shout and my other spray spot remover, however you must spray and rub it in and let it sit a few minutes. Then, I rinse it in as hot a water (from the tap) as possible, next step is to just wash it as usual. I have good results with it.