How to remove cooking oil stains in clothing

If you prepared a delicious meal only to find a cooking oil stain on your clothing, fear not. Although cooking oil is greasy in nature, it does not have to be a permanent fixture on your clothing. Remove oil stains from clothing carefully so the oil stain does not spread. If you use the proper products and methods, you can effectively remove cooking oil stains from clothes in no time.

Lay the clothing on a flat surface with the oil stain facing up. Sprinkle a generous coating of cornstarch or talcum powder onto the stain.

Let the powder sit on the clothing overnight. The powder will work to absorb the oil from the clothing.

Brush the powder from the clothing using a dry rag. If possible, take the clothing outside to brush it off to reduce the mess indoors.

Spray a laundry pretreatment spray onto the oil stain. Let it sit for 30 minutes.

Wash the clothing as usual. Use hot or warm water if the fabric will allow.

Inspect the clothing after it has been washed. Do not place the clothing in the dryer if there is any trace of the oil stain.

Spray a household lubricating spray onto tough-to-remove oil stains. Saturate the stain with the spray and allow it to sit for five minutes. Wash the clothing as usual.


If you are using lubricating spray, test it on a small part of the clothing prior to applying it to a more noticeable area.

Things You'll Need

  • Cornstarch or talcum powder
  • Rag
  • Laundry pretreatment spray
  • Household lubricating spray
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.