How to Remove Burnt Oil Stains From Vessels


Oil stains can come from a myriad of oil-based substances such as cooking oils, meats, paints and hair dyes. When oil is spilled, splashed or heated in vessels, it can be hard to remove the stains. Never fight oil stains with water-based cleaners such as multi-purpose cleaners, dish soap and laundry detergent. Always fight oil with an oil-based product and hot water. Treat oil stains as soon as possible after they occur.

Things You'll Need

  • Oil-based dish detergent
  • Plugging sink
  • Rubber gloves
  • Abrasive sponge
  • Run the hot water tap until the water is extremely hot. Plug up the sink and fill it full of hot water and 1 tsp. of oil-based dish detergent. Let the vessel soak in the sink for 30 minutes. Drain the sink.

  • Put on the rubber gloves and apply a few drops of detergent directly on the stain.

  • Scrub the stain with the abrasive side of the sponge until the stain is removed.

  • Rinse with hot water and air-dry the vessel.

Tips & Warnings

  • If the vessel is not an object that can be submerged in water, put a few drops of detergent onto a damp, hot sponge and hold it over the oil stain for five to 10 minutes. This will have the same effect as soaking, where the oil stain can be broken down and then removed. If all else fails, use a mixture of chlorine bleach or color-safe bleach on the oil stain.
  • Never use an abrasive cleaner or cleaning tool on fragile substances like Teflon or other non-stick surfaces.

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