We’ve all been in the disaster dinner situation after stabbing an olive and, as you go to eat it, a drip of oil lands on your top or trousers. Or maybe while cooking an accidental spill ruins your clothes… or will it? No! Oil stains can be removed with some love and care.
Oil leaves a horrible greasy dark stain that can stick out like a sore thumb on lovely clothing pieces. You’ll want to act as soon as the problem occurs! Otherwise, you’ll get invisible stains which are noticeable when you next wear that piece.
WHY IS OIL SO HARD TO GET OUT OF CLOTHES?
Oil doesn’t dissolve in water at all which makes it a very stubborn stain. When oil meets the porous surface of a garment, it locks into the material and stains quickly.
Getting laundry detergent on the stain as soon as possible (as soon as you get home from dinner or after cooking) is best. This will breakdown the stain initially and make it easier to wash away after submersion.
Here’s Julia purposefully getting oil on her lovely green jumper just to show us the power of our delicate Laundry Liquid.
Getting oil out of clothes has never been easier! You don’t even need a washing machine. Purchase a bottle of our liquid detergent and follow the hand washing steps below to get rid of that stain.
FIVE STEPS FOR GETTING RID OF AN OIL STAIN ON CLOTHES
- Blot the stain: First, gently blot the excess oil with a clean paper towel or cloth. Avoid rubbing the stain, as it can spread the oil and make it more difficult to remove.
- Pre-treat the garment: Using a delicate laundry liquid, pour a small amount of the liquid onto the stain. Slowly rub, as Julia does above, the delicate laundry wash into the fibres stained with oil. Concentrate on the oily spot.
- Soak the garment: Pour a small amount of liquid laundry into a sink or bucket of lukewarm water. Too warm or hot water can ruin particular garments, so a lukewarm temperature is ideal. Submerge the stained clothing item. Allow it to soak for 30 minutes. This will help break down the oil further.
- Wash the garment: Carefully hand wash the garment in the receptacle, there’s no need to harshly squeeze or wring a garment.
- Air dry the clothing: After washing, roll the garment in a towel to get rid of excess water. Then air dry the clothing flat to keep the shape of the piece. If you put it in a dryer before the stain is fully removed, the heat can set the stain and make it much harder to get out!
HOW TO GET OIL STAINS OUT OF JEANS
Follow our steps above, pre-treating the area, submerging and air drying. It’s ideal to spot wash jeans as they shouldn’t go through the washer or dryer too much.
Reminder! Delicate materials cannot go in the dryer so be careful how you use your dryer. Different fabrics may react differently to treatments, so it's always a good idea to test any cleaning method on a small inconspicuous area of the clothing first.
WHY CHOOSE OUR LAUNDRY LIQUID
Our delicate laundry liquid in the video above is designed specifically for delicate fabrics like cashmere and wool. It comes in various sizes, 250ml, 1 litre, and 15ml sachets which are perfect for travel, making it a versatile option for both small and large loads of laundry. The product also boasts eco-friendly credentials, with recyclable aluminium bottles and natural ingredients used to create the gentle wash formula. Not only that, but the essential oils used have been created with moth-repelling botanicals, meaning you will be adding an extra step of anti-moth treatment to your routine.
By following these steps and using the right laundry liquid, you can easily tackle oil stains and keep your clothes looking fresh and clean. Just remember to act promptly when dealing with stains to increase your chances of successful stain removal.