How to Remove Oil Stains with Bleach


Sure, you can just take your stained items to the local cleaner, but you can do it yourself at home, and that includes cleaning oil stains with bleach.Just remember before attempting to remove any oil stains to check the labels. If you still have doubts, do some research on the fabric. Errors in stain removal procedures can damage the item containing the stain.Remove any vegetable cooking oil such as corn, olive, or safflower oil from washable fabric using this procedure.

Things You'll Need

  • Sponge
  • Eyedropper
  • Bleach
  • Ammonia
  • Vinegar
  • Water
  • Dry-cleaning solvent

How to Remove Oil Stains With Bleach

  • Sponge stain with absorbent pad to absorb as much grease as possible.

  • Sponge with a dry-cleaning solvent, such as Carbona, Energine, or K2R, or a grease remover, such as Lestoil, Mr Clean or Top Job.

  • Apply a solution of 1/2 tsp. mild dish detergent, a few drops of ammonia and 1/2 cup water. For stronger fabrics, tamp with a brush or spoon. To tamp, place the stained area directly onto a work surface. Tap the brush or spoon on the stained area vigorously. While tamping, blot frequently by pressing hard on stain with absorbent material. It is important to remove the loosened stain immediately. Then flush with water.

  • Bleach to remove the final traces of the stain with a solution of 1 tsp. chlorine bleach mixed with 1 Tbsp. water.

  • Apply bleach solution with an eyedropper. Don’t leave bleach on the fabric for more than two minutes.

  • Flush with water after every bleach application.

  • Apply a vinegar solution consisting of 1/3 cup white vinegar and 2/3 cup water to remove the excess chlorine.

  • Flush with water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Before any stain removal process is started, you must remember that every stain removal method is not suitable for every fabric. Be sure to test each stain removal product in an inconspicuous spot, such as a seam allowance.
  • Do not use the bleach solution on wool, silk or spandex.

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