How to Remove Motor Oil Stains From Carpet

Removing carpet stains can be a chore but motor oil stains tracked in on the bottom of someone's shoes or accidentally spilt on carpeting can be a real nightmare. Tend to motor oil stains quickly, if possible, before they have time to absorb into the fibres. Use supplies from home to remove motor oil stains and enjoy a clean, stain-free carpet once again.

Scoop up excess amounts of motor oil using a large spoon. Dump the oil into a bucket or bowl and continue to scoop it up until there's no longer a puddle of oil.

Sprinkle baking soda liberally all over the motor oil stain. The baking soda helps to wick up the motor oil spill. Allow the baking soda to sit on the motor oil stain for at least 10 minutes.

Vacuum up the baking soda using your household vacuum.

Soak your cotton cloth with dry cleaning solvent. Blot at the motor oil stain, turning your cloth frequently as you transfer motor oil from the carpet to cloth. Avoid rubbing as this will spread the stain.

Combine 1 tbsp dish washing liquid with 1 tbsp white vinegar and 2 cups of warm water in a bowl. Use a clean sponge dipped in the solution to blot at any motor oil stain that remains. Rinse the sponge in the solution as needed, and continue to blot up the rest of the stain.

Rinse the area and remove the vinegar solution by blotting the carpet with a clean cloth dampened with cool water. Allow the carpet to air dry.


Sprinkle cat litter on motor oil stains in your garage. This will absorb the stains and prevent the motor oil from getting on the bottom of your shoes. Avoid motor oil stains on your carpet by always removing work shoes outdoors.

Things You'll Need

  • Spoon
  • Bucket or bowl
  • Baking soda
  • Vacuum
  • Clean cotton cloths
  • Dry cleaning solvent
  • Liquid dish washing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Bowl
  • Sponge
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.