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How to remove olive oil stains from cotton

Updated April 17, 2017

Doctors and nutritionists have spent countless hours advising people to eat more olive oil. But while olive oil is great for your health, it is hazardous to your clothing. Never mind dabbing your shirt with a wet napkin, you need something much stronger to tackle this stain.

Pour the dishwashing liquid directly onto the stain.

Rub gently with your fingers to ensure that the olive oil stain is covered with dishwashing liquid.

Let the article of cotton clothing sit overnight.

Use a washing machine or a washboard to launder the piece of clothing in hot water.

Things You'll Need

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Washing machine or washboard
  • Washing powder
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Samantha Herman earned an undergraduate degree in journalism from Northern Arizona University in 2005. Her professional writing career started in 2008, when she accepted an internship at "Willamette Week," a local alternative publication. Upon completing her internship, she became employed as a copywriter for an internet media company. In addition to copywriting, she has written articles for PDX Pipeline and eHow.