How to remove oil stains from cotton

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How to remove oil stains from cotton
Cotton fabric is made from cotton plants. (Cotton plant -1 image by Alexey Burtsev from

Cotton is a popular choice for fabric because it is inexpensive and provides a durable and breathable product. Like other types of fabric, cotton is not stain-resistant and certain items can permanently damage the fabric. Oil -- be it motor oil or cooking oil -- can create difficult-to-remove stains on cotton fabric. Deal with oil spilt or dripped on cotton fabric as soon as possible. The longer the oil remains on the cotton the more difficult it becomes to remove.

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Things you need

  • White towel
  • Prewash stain treatment

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  1. 1

    Lay a white towel on a flat surface. Place the cotton on top of the white towel with the oil stain facing up.

  2. 2

    Apply a prewash stain treatment directly on the oil stain. Rub the treatment into the cotton fabric. Alternatively, add one to two drops of grease-cutting liquid dish soap onto the oil stain and rub into the cotton fabric.

  3. 3

    Allow the stain treatment to soak into the cotton fabric for 15 minutes.

  4. 4

    Launder the cotton fabric on the hottest setting allowed for your garment.

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