How to Remove Oil Stains on a Shirt

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It's bound to happen. At some point in time you're going to get something oily and greasy on your favorite blouse or shirt. But there are plenty of home remedies for just this type of situation. A prompt treatment involving hot water, laundry detergent, alcohol and baby powder should take care of the stain in its entirety.

Things You'll Need

  • Rubbing alcohol
  • Baby powder
  • Laundry detergent
  • Handkerchief or cloth
  • Run hot water over the stained area as soon as possible to prevent the oil from setting. Even if the stain has already set, the hot water will begin breaking down the oil. Be careful not to smear or "smash" the oil into the fibers.

  • Apply rubbing alcohol to the stain using a handkerchief or cloth. Avoid using toilet tissue or paper towel, as these fibers will be left behind.

  • Sprinkle a bit of baby powder onto the stain, and allow it to set for a few minutes. The baby powder will absorb some of the oil left in the shirt.

  • Soak the shirt in warm water for several minutes. The warm water will break up any of the residue remaining from the alcohol and baby powder applications. Rinse the shirt.

  • Apply a quarter-sized drop of concentrated laundry detergent directly to the stain. Place the shirt through a gentle wash cycle with warm water.

Tips & Warnings

  • Check your fabric handling instructions before treating a stain to prevent color bleeding.
  • If you don't have alcohol, use hydrogen peroxide, but only if the shirt is very light in color.

References

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