Mess-Free Ways to Remove Oil Stains from Various Surfaces in Your Home

Don’t panic if you’ve accidentally spilled oil on something at home. Use these cleaning tips to remove the stains easily.


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Oil stains in your home can look untidy. You might accidentally spill oil on your clothes, in the kitchen while cooking, or on your carpet or floor while eating. Here are some amazing surface-cleaning tips to help you tackle oil stains in some of the most common areas of your home.

1) Oil Stains on Your Carpet

Mix 1 tsp. of dishwashing liquid to 1 cup of lukewarm water. You can try using Vim dishwashing liquid for this. Apply this mixture directly on the stained area of your carpet using a sponge. Blot the affected area of the carpet until the oil stain is no longer visible. Keep dampening the sponge in the solution as required. Once the stain is gone, wipe the area clean with a clean cloth.

2) Oil Stains on Your Clothes

Take a drop of dishwashing liquid on a clean dampened sponge as a pre-washing stain remover. Wipe the stain gently using light strokes and working outward from the centre of the stain. This will help loosen the stain before the wash, making it easier for you to remove oil stains from clothes. If the stain still lingers, grab a clean cloth or paper towel and press the stain gently on both the sides to soak up the oil. Finally wash the garment on a regular wash cycle in your washing machine.

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3) Oil Stains in Your Kitchen

For stains on granite or marble countertops, make a concoction by mixing 1 cup of lukewarm water, 1 cup of baking soda and 2 tsp. dishwashing liquid in a bowl. Apply the paste on the stain, cover the stained area with cling film and press down the edges. Let it sit overnight, then rinse off the paste. Repeat the process if the stain isn’t completely gone.

4) Oil Stains on Your Cement Floors

Scrubbing the oil stain will only make it bigger. The secret lies in soaking up the spill. Just sprinkle a layer of baby or talcum powder over the stain and let it sit overnight. The next day, brush off the powder and use a paper towel to blot any residue. Now that you've drawn out as much oil from the floor as you could, evenly apply dishwashing liquid or a liquid detergent to the stain and wash. Rinse with hot water and repeat if necessary.

These tips are simple and easy. Try them out on your toughest oil stains today!    

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