Remove vegetable oil from carpet by using rubbing alcohol and diluted dish detergent. Use a clean white towel or a white paper towel to blot up the stain during the cleaning process.
- Use a white towel to blot up the stain
Blot as much of the cooking oil up from the carpet as possible using a white towel. You can use either a cloth or paper towel. If you choose a paper towel, make sure there are no designs on the towel. The dyes could run and further stain the carpeting.
- Apply rubbing alcohol to the stain
Apply rubbing alcohol to the stain, and blot with another clean white towel or washcloth. Don't saturate the stain. Instead, apply a small amount of alcohol at a time, working through the stain in sections. Make sure you blot the stain, rather than rubbing or wiping, to avoid spreading the oil to other areas of the carpet.
- Make a diluted cleaning solution
Mix a quart of warm water with 1/4 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent. The dish detergent should be free of bleach and lanolin.
- Apply the cleaning solution to the stain
Apply the detergent-water solution to the stain with a clean sponge. Blot the carpet until the stain lifts.