How to use baking soda to remove oil stains

How To Use Baking Soda To Remove Oil Stains

Spotting an oil stain on your clothing never becomes a welcome sight, no matter how often it happens. Luckily the cleaning part to get the oil stain out does not need to be a difficult job. You do not need to be an expert cleaner, nor do you need professional cleaning products to get rid of the unwelcomed stain. Removing oil stains from your clothing can be done a few different ways, all with easy steps, making use of familiar household products. 

In this article, we’ll look at how you can use baking soda to remove oil stains from your clothes. Before we dive into the cleaning process, let’s take a look at some important points to be noted and incorporated into your cleaning process. 

Useful Tips For Removing Oil Stains

  • Act as soon as you can! Because oil and grease harden up when they reach room temperature, it’s important to act immediately once the stain gets noticed to make the cleaning process a lot easier. 
  • To help with stabilisation and stop the oil from spreading, place a piece of cardboard beneath the area you’re working on. 
  • If you choose to do any scrubbing or brushing in the process, make sure not to press too hard so that no damage is done to your clothing.

Now that you’ve got some useful tips to help along the way, let’s look at the 6 easy steps you can use to remove oil and grease stains using baking soda.

1. Blot As Much Excess Oil As Possible

Using a paper towel or tissue, blot as much of the excess oil on the top layer as you can. Keep doing so until you notice no more oil being removed from the stained area. 

2. Cover The Stain With Baking Soda

Sprinkle baking soda on the oil, ensuring you cover the entirety of the stained area and let it sit for 24 hours. During this time, the baking soda will extract the oil from the clothing by attaching to it and drawing it out. If you’re in a rush and looking for a quicker solution, you can head over to our article explaining how to remove oil stains using chalk

3. Remove The Baking Soda

Once the 24 hours have passed, remove the baking soda using a vacuum cleaner or brush. At this point, you could always combine the chalk removal techniques if you feel the need. 

4. Spray A Mixture Of Water And Vinegar Onto The Stain

Create a mixture of water and vinegar to spritz onto the stained area. Once you’ve covered the whole stain, allow it to sit for 30 minutes.

5. Scrub The Stained Area

Add a little soap or dishwashing liquid mixed with water to the stained area and use a brush to scrub it. Remember not to scrub too hard so that your clothing doesn’t get damaged in the process. 

6. Rinse And Dry Your Clothing

Rinse your item of clothing and let it air-dry before washing it as you normally would. 

Once the job is done, you’re ready to put on that previously stained item of clothing knowing with full confidence you did a great job with just a few household items. Share this cleaning method with anyone who may find themselves in a similar situation and help to restore their clothing too.