How Do You Get Oil Out of Clothes?

Remove oil stains from clothing by making sure the garment is machine washable, applying a solvent-based laundry pretreatment spray, washing in the hottest water appropriate for the garment, and line drying. Avoid drying stained clothing in the dryer to prevent setting the stain.

  1. Apply the pretreatment spray

    Retailers stock pretreatment sprays in the laundry aisle. Not all are solvent based, so take time to read labels, and choose an appropriate product for removing oil stains. Saturate the stain with the spray, rub it into the fabric, and allow it to sit for at least 10 minutes to dissolve the oil. If a solvent-based spray is not available, apply undiluted laundry detergent directly to the stain.

  2. Wash the garment

    Read the garment manufacturer's care label and select the hottest water appropriate for the wash. Add the normal amount of laundry detergent to the load.

  3. Hang the garment to dry

    Hang the garment on a line or hanger to air dry. Inspect the area of the stain to ensure complete removal. If any of the stain remains, repeat the process until it is gone. Avoid drying clothing with oil stains in a dryer, as heat can set the stain, sometimes making it impossible to remove.