How to Get Day Old Stains Out of Your Clothes

How to Get Day-Old Stains Out of Your Clothes

We’ve all been there – you’re at lunch, enjoying your favorite sandwich when suddenly, a drop of oil drips onto your shirt. You try to wipe it off with a napkin, but the damage is done. By the time you get home from work, that little stain has become a much bigger problem.

Don’t worry – we’ve got you covered! If you have day-old oil stains on your clothes, don’t panic just yet. There are plenty of ways to remove them and save your favorite shirt or pants without having to run out and buy new ones.

In this article, we’ll share some tips and tricks on how to get day old oil stains out of clothes so that next time disaster strikes – whether it’s from yesterday or today – you’ll know exactly what to do!

Step 1: Identify The Oil Stain

The first step in getting day-old oil stains out of your clothes is to identify where exactly the stain is. Sometimes, it can be hard to spot a small oil stain on dark clothing. So, if you’re unsure whether there’s a stain present or not, try dabbing the area with a paper towel or white cloth. If you see any oil residue on the towel or cloth, then you know there’s a stain.

It’s worth noting that different types of fabric may require different methods for treating oil stains. For example, cotton might respond well to one treatment method while silk requires another approach entirely. Always check the label before attempting any kind of cleaning process so that you don’t accidentally damage your garment.

Once you’ve identified the location and type of stain, move onto step 2 to start treating it.

Step 2: Treat The Stain

Now that you’ve identified the oil stain, it’s time to treat it. First, use a paper towel or cloth to blot up any excess oil on the surface of your clothes. Be sure not to rub the stain as this can push the oil deeper into the fabric.

Next, apply a pre-treatment solution such as laundry detergent directly onto the stained area and let it sit for at least 5 minutes. Alternatively, you can soak your garment in a mixture of warm water and baking soda for about 30 minutes before washing.

If these methods don’t completely remove stubborn stains, try using ammonia or baby wipes. Ammonia should be diluted with water before applying to fabrics. Baby wipes have been known to work well on certain types of fabric and are gentle enough not to damage them.

It’s important to note that every fabric is different and some may require specific products or methods for removal. Check the label on your clothing before attempting any treatment method.

Always remember to gently scrub stains when trying new methods as vigorous rubbing can cause further damage or spread stains around. Repeat until satisfied with results but if still unsuccessful, consider taking it to a professional cleaner.

Transition: Now that you’ve treated those stubborn oil stains let’s move forward with step 3 where we discuss removing those lingering marks from our clothes!


Before you start treating the oil stain, it’s important to identify the type of oil that is causing the stain as this can impact your approach to removing it. For example, cooking oil stains may require a different pre-treatment than motor oil stains.

Once you have identified the type of oil stain, begin by gently blotting any excess with a clean, dry towel or cloth. Be careful not to rub as this can push the stain further into the fabric.

Next, you’ll want to pre-treat the stained area with an effective solution. There are many products available for pre-treating stains such as commercial stain removers or homemade solutions using common household items like baking soda and vinegar.

One popular method involves applying dish detergent directly onto the stained area and letting it sit for 5-10 minutes before washing. Another popular option is using baking soda paste (mixing baking soda with water) which should be applied directly on top of fresh grease stains and left for up to an hour before brushing off and laundering normally.

Always remember to check your clothing label instructions before applying any product or chemical so as not to damage your clothes permanently.

Here are some additional tips when pre-treating day-old oil stains:

  • Use cold water instead of hot water since hot water can set in some types of oily stains.
  • Avoid bleach products because they can weaken fabric fibers.
  • Always test out a new method on a small inconspicuous part of your garment first.

Now that we’ve covered pre-treatment methods let’s move on to soaking in a solution.

Soak In A Solution

Once you have pre-treated the oil stain, it’s time to soak the garment in a solution. This step is crucial in ensuring that the stain is removed completely from the fabric.

To create a soaking solution, mix one part liquid detergent or dish soap with four parts warm water. You can also add some white vinegar or baking soda for added cleaning power.

Place the stained clothing item into the solution and let it soak for at least 30 minutes. For particularly stubborn stains, you may need to let it soak overnight.

After soaking, gently scrub the stain with a toothbrush or cloth to remove any remaining oil residue. Rinse thoroughly with clean water and check if there are still any visible stains. If there are still traces of oil left, repeat this process until they’re completely gone.

Note: Always read and follow label instructions before using any cleaning products on your clothes. If you’re uncertain about using certain methods on specific fabrics like silk or wool, always perform a patch test first.

Now that we’ve covered how to treat day-old oil stains by identifying them and soaking them in a solution, our next step will be removing stubborn stains which we’ll cover in detail next!

Launder As Normal

Once you’ve treated the oil stain, it’s time to wash your clothes as you normally would. Make sure to check the label on your garment for any specific washing instructions before throwing them in the machine.

Using a detergent that is specifically designed for removing tough stains like grease and oil can be helpful. You may even want to consider using a pre-treatment spray or powder to further boost its cleaning power.

If the stain is still present after washing, don’t worry – there are other methods you can try in the next step. But if it has disappeared, congratulations! You’ve successfully removed a day-old oil stain from your clothing.

Transition: Now that we have gone through how to launder your clothes after treating an oil stain, let’s move onto Step 3 where we discuss how to remove stubborn stains.

Step 3: Remove Stubborn Stains

If your oil stain is still looking stubborn after the pre-treatment and soaking steps, don’t worry – there are several methods you can try to remove it.

Firstly, try using a detergent specifically designed for grease and oil stains. Apply a small amount directly onto the stained area and gently scrub with a toothbrush or cloth. Then, wash as normal in the washing machine.

Another method is to use baking soda. Mix a small amount of baking soda with water to form a paste, apply it directly onto the stain, and let it sit for 10-15 minutes before washing as usual.

Alternatively, you can try using ammonia or vinegar. For ammonia, mix one tablespoon with half a cup of water and dab on the stain until completely saturated. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing with cold water and washing as normal. For vinegar, soak the stained area in white vinegar for 30 minutes before washing as usual.

If none of these methods work, you can also try using baby wipes or even cornstarch powder to absorb any excess oil before treating with detergent or another method.

Remember to always check the garment label for any specific cleaning instructions before attempting any of these methods. And if possible, treat the stain as soon as possible rather than leaving it overnight – day old stains tend to be more difficult to remove!

Use Detergent

Using detergent is a classic method to remove oil stains from clothes. You may already have some at home, so it’s an easy and cost-effective way to try first.

To use this method:

  1. Apply a small amount of liquid detergent directly onto the stained area.
  2. Gently rub the fabric together to work in the detergent.
  3. Let it sit for 5-10 minutes (longer if it’s a stubborn stain).
  4. Rinse the clothing with cold water until all the soap is gone.
  5. Check the label on your garment – If possible, wash using hot water and air dry.

If you notice that there’s still some residual oil stain left after washing, repeat these steps or try one of the other methods mentioned in this article.

Remember, always check care labels before treating any type of stain on clothing!

Now that we’ve covered using detergent as a method for removing day-old oil stains from clothes let’s move on to another option: using baking soda for tougher stains.

Use Baking Soda

Baking soda is a great natural cleaner and can be used to remove stubborn oil stains from clothes. To use baking soda, you’ll need to create a paste by mixing it with water.

Here’s what you need to do:

  1. Mix 3 parts baking soda with 1 part water to create a thick paste.
  2. Apply the paste directly onto the stained area of your clothing and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.
  3. Gently scrub the stain with an old toothbrush or cloth.
  4. Rinse the fabric under running water to remove any excess baking soda.
  5. If possible, wash the garment using hot water in your washing machine.

If the stain is still visible after washing, repeat the process until it has completely disappeared.

Remember that some fabrics such as cotton may be able to tolerate bleach while others such as silk or wool may not, so always check the label before applying any cleaning products.

Transition: Now that you’ve learned about using baking soda for removing stubborn oil stains from clothes, let’s take a look at another effective method for treating these stains – using ammonia!

Use Ammonia

Ammonia is a powerful cleaning agent that can help remove stubborn oil stains from your clothes. However, it’s important to follow safety precautions when using ammonia as it can be harmful if not used properly.

To use ammonia, first mix one tablespoon of ammonia with two cups of warm water. Gently apply the solution onto the stain and let it sit for 10-15 minutes. Make sure to wear gloves and work in a well-ventilated area.

After 15 minutes, rinse the fabric thoroughly with clean water to remove any excess ammonia solution. Then wash the garment normally in your washing machine using detergent.

You can repeat this process until you completely remove all traces of oil from your clothing. But always check the label on your garments before using ammonia as some fabrics may be sensitive to this ingredient.

Remember that prevention is better than cure, so try to avoid getting grease or cooking oil on your clothes in the first place by wearing an apron while cooking or being extra careful around oily substances.

Use Baby Wipes

If you’re in a pinch and don’t have access to laundry detergent or other cleaning products, baby wipes can come in handy. Simply blot the stain gently with the baby wipe until the excess oil is removed from the fabric. Be sure to avoid rubbing or scrubbing too hard as this could make the stain worse.

While using baby wipes may not be the most effective method for removing stubborn oil stains, it can be a quick fix for small stains or if you’re on-the-go. Remember to always check the label of your clothing before using any cleaning products and follow instructions carefully.

Transition: If baby wipes don’t do the trick, there are still several methods you can try for removing stubborn oil stains from your clothes. Let’s take a look at some more options below.

Step 4: Refresh With Fragrance

After successfully removing the oil stain, you may still notice a lingering odor. To freshen up your clothes and eliminate any remaining scent, add a few drops of essential oils such as lavender or lemon to your laundry detergent.

Alternatively, you can use fabric refreshers or sprays that are specifically designed to remove unwanted odors from clothing. Make sure to follow the instructions on the label for best results.

To prevent future stains and odors, it’s always best practice to treat any spills or stains immediately. The longer they sit on the fabric, the more difficult they become to remove. Additionally, consider wearing an apron when cooking with oil or other greasy substances.

With these tips and tricks in mind, you’ll be able to keep your clothes looking and smelling fresh even after dealing with stubborn oil stains.

Step 5: Take Preventative Action

Preventing oil stains on clothes can save you the hassle of having to remove them in the first place. Here are some tips to help you prevent oil stains from setting into your clothing:

  1. Be careful while cooking: If you’re cooking something particularly greasy or oily, wear an apron to protect your clothes.
  2. Use chalk: If you’re worried about getting oil stains on a particular garment, sprinkle some chalk on it before wearing it. The chalk will absorb any excess oil and prevent it from staining your clothing.
  3. Follow label instructions: Always follow care label instructions when washing and drying your clothes. This helps preserve the fabrics and reduces the chances of damage that could lead to stains.
  4. Treat stained garments as soon as possible: Don’t wait until laundry day to treat a stain – try to remove it as soon as possible after it happens.

By taking preventative measures, you can minimize the risk of getting oil stains on your clothes in the first place!

Final Words

Getting day-old oil stains out of clothes can be a challenging task, but with the right methods and products, it is possible. Remember to always check the label on your clothing or fabric before attempting any cleaning method and test any product on a small, inconspicuous area first.

Some effective methods for removing stubborn stains include using baking soda, ammonia, or baby wipes. And don’t forget about preventative action – try to treat any new stains as soon as possible and avoid rubbing them in further.

With these steps and tips, you’ll be able to remove even tough oil stains from your clothes and keep them looking fresh and clean.

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