How To Remove Olive Oil Stain From Washable Fabrics
February 15, 2023
Olive oil is a healthy and delicious cooking oil that's used in a variety of dishes. However, if you accidentally spill olive oil on your clothes or other washable fabrics, it can leave behind a greasy and stubborn stain. If you're looking for effective ways to get rid of olive oil stains and save your favorite clothing items from ruin, you're in the right place. In this article, we'll share some simple yet effective tips and tricks for removing olive oil stains from washable fabrics. Whether you're dealing with a fresh stain or one that's been sitting for a while, these tips will help you get your fabrics looking as good as new.
These stains may appear as a greasy or oily mark on the fabric that could be transparent or slightly yellowish. They may also have a shiny appearance.
Warm (85° to 105°F)
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Warm water helps to dissolve the oil and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Olive Oil Stains
Olive oil stains clothes because it has nonpolar properties, which means it does not dissolve in water. When olive oil gets on clothes, it can penetrate the fabric and bind to the fibers. Unlike polar substances, such as water or alcohol, nonpolar substances are not easily removed by water-based detergents, making it difficult to get rid of the stain. This is why it is important to treat an olive oil stain as soon as possible with a degreasing agent, such as dish soap or laundry detergent, to break down the oil and remove it from the fabric.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Olive Oil Stains
Cornstarch or talcum powder
Clean cloth or paper towels
Old toothbrush or soft-bristled brush
Step By Step Process To Remove Olive Oil Stains
Use a clean cloth or paper towel to blot as much of the excess olive oil as possible.
Apply a small amount of dish soap to the stain and work it in with an old toothbrush or soft-bristled brush.
Rinse the area with warm water.
If the stain remains, mix equal parts white vinegar and warm water and apply to the stain with a clean cloth or sponge. Blot the area with a dry cloth to remove the vinegar solution.
If the stain still remains, make a paste of baking soda and warm water and apply it to the stain. Let the paste sit for 15-30 minutes, then rinse the area with warm water.
If the stain is still visible, cover it with cornstarch or talcum powder and let it sit for several hours or overnight. Use a soft-bristled brush to brush away the powder, then wash the garment in the hottest water appropriate for the fabric with laundry detergent. Check the care label on the garment for the appropriate water temperature.
Inspect the area before putting the garment in the dryer. If the stain is still visible, repeat the process.
It's important to note that the appropriate water temperature for washing the garment may vary depending on the type of fabric. Be sure to check the care label on the garment for the recommended water temperature. Additionally, it's important to treat the stain as soon as possible to increase the likelihood of successful removal.
Olive oil stains clothes because it has a nonpolar property meaning it does not dissolve in water. To remove olive oil stains from washable fabrics, first blot the excess oil and apply dish soap, then rinse with warm water. If the stain remains, try white vinegar, baking soda, or cornstarch. Finally, wash the garment in the hottest water appropriate for the fabric with laundry detergent.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.