How to Remove an Olive Oil Stain from Clothing

Treat olive oil stains right away for easiest stain removal.
Treat olive oil stains right away for easiest stain removal. (Image: dulezidar/iStock/Getty Images)

Olive oil dresses up a salad, but an oil stain on clothing is not the best look. Handle a stain carefully and with the proper techniques to get it out without damaging the garment itself.

Things You'll Need

  • Cornstarch or baby powder
  • Heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent
  • Laundry pretreatment product

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Step 1

Sprinkle a generous coating of cornstarch or baby powder onto a fresh stain. Pat the powder with your fingers to help absorb the oil.

Step 2

Leave the powder on the oil stain for 15 to 20 minutes. Shake out the garment and brush off any remaining powder with your hands.

Step 3

Cover the spot with heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent. Rub the detergent into the fabric with your fingers.

Step 4

Apply a laundry pretreatment product to the stain on top of the detergent. Wash the clothing in the hottest water safe for the fabric.

Step 5

Hang or lay flat the item to air-dry after washing. Inspect the dry garment for any traces of the stain. If it's still there, repeat the stain-removal process. Do not put the clothing in the dryer until you are sure the stain is gone.

Warning

  • The hot air in the dryer will set an oil stain and make it permanent. Air-dry the garment until you are sure all of the oil is gone.

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