How Do You Remove Cooking Oil Stains?

To remove cooking oil stains, scrape excess oil off with a butter knife, rub liquid dish detergent into the stain, let the item sit for five minutes, wash the item with the hottest recommended water for the fabric, and check for any remaining stain before drying. Rewash the item before drying it if any of the stain remains.

  1. Scrape the stain with a dull butter knife

    Gently pull up any excess oil with the dull edge of a butter knife.

  2. Treat the stain with liquid dish detergent

    Rub liquid dish detergent directly into the stain. Dish detergent breaks up oils.

  3. Let the detergent work on the stain

    Wait five minutes for the detergent to completely penetrate the stain.

  4. Wash the item in hot water

    Wash the stained item in the washing machine using the regular cycle and the hottest water temperature recommended for the fabric. Hot water removes oils better than cold water. Add the recommended amount of heavy-duty laundry detergent for the load size.

  5. Check to see if the stain is gone

    Look for signs of any remaining oil stain when you take the item out of the washer. If any of the stain remains, soak the item again with more dish liquid, and rewash it.

  6. Dry the item normally

    After all signs of the stain are gone, dry the item using your normal method.