How To Remove Old Oil Stains From Clothes

Have you discovered an old or dried oil stain on your clothes? Do not panic. There is always a way to remove most stains, even if they have dried out. Here we discuss you How to remove old oil stains from clothes step by steps.

Oh no, stains. Nobody seems to escape it. At some point, we all face some kind of stain. A paint stain on a t-shirt, an ink stain on white shirt; stool, urine, and vomit stains on pants or underwear. It is not a problem until we forget these stains and we do not notice them until they are old and dried.

Although removing old oil stains from clothes is more difficult, it is not always impossible. Here’s what you need to know.

How can old and dried stains be removed from special laundry and textiles?

Always read in the care label whether the clothes can be washed in the washing machine before starting the treatment. Some fabrics, such as satin, wool, and silk, need to be hand-washed. In that case, you have to apply another method for these substances, which we discussed below.

How to remove old oil stains from clothes naturally?

So what’s the secret of how to get rid of old oil stains on clothes naturally?

Keep patience and choose the right tools. Regardless of whether it is oil, water, or natural stains such as mud, grass, and leaves; the use of the correct detergent and a little patience is essential.

How to remove old stains from clothes naturally

Remove old oil stains from clothes

There are certain stains that once you let them dry on the fabric, there is not the best detergent that can eliminate them. When it comes to white garments, this task is even more complicated.

For these cases there are certain home remedies that without the need to mistreat your best clothes with chlorine will help you to solve these problems easily:

Lemon Juice And Baking Soda

If it is that your white garment has turned yellow, due to dirt, sweat or over time, you can mix lemon juice with baking soda. Put the lemon juice directly on the stain, then add the baking soda and let it work until it dries. Once it is dry, proceed to wash the garment as you usually do and you will see how the yellow spots will have disappeared.

Aspirin Tablets

Another home remedy to remove unpleasant dark or yellow spots on white clothing is to add one or two aspirin tablets to the drum of the washing machine once it is full of water. The effervescence effect will make stains disappear easily.

Vinegar, Lemon Juice And Water

If the stain is produced by tomato sauce, a good home remedy is with the help of white vinegar. Mix the vinegar, lemon juice, and a little water, pour directly into the stain, and then gently scrub. Let it act for a few minutes and then wash as usual.

White Toothpaste

 And for those lip prints on the shirts, you can remove them using white toothpaste. Applying the cream directly to the stain and then gently rubbing it with the help of a toothbrush until the stain disappears.

Alcohol and Vinegar

Coffee stains are very common, in this case we recommend mixing alcohol, water and white vinegar in equal parts depending on the size of the stain. Then you pour the liquid over the affected part and leave it to act for a few minutes.

Warm Milk

Ink stains, such as pens, are almost impossible to avoid in your children’s uniforms, so that you do not have to get rid of those shirts and that they look flawless all year round, we recommend in these cases, dip the stain in warm milk for about an hour for the fabric to absorb. After this time, rinse with plenty of water.

White Wine

Red wine stains are another type of stain that appears to be impossible to remove. Try spilling white wine on the red wine stain, let it work, and then wash normally. Sparkling water is another alternative to remove stains caused by red wine. It is important to try to act on the wine stains, immediately before it dries.

Dishwasher Soap

In the event of stains with oil or food, you can remove them from clothes, using liquid dishwasher soap. Rub lightly on the affected part and let it act for a few minutes. Then you can wash it as you normally do and you will notice that it has disappeared.

Remember that the key to keeping your white clothes impeccable is to separate them correctly when washing them. You should never mix them with colored clothing. Pastel or gray colors are not white, therefore avoid including them with this type of garment.

How to remove old stains from white shirt

Remove old stains from white shirt​

Do you know how to remove old stains from white shirt? Here we give you some very simple tricks to recover the white tone in your clothes.

To remove yellow stains from white clothes we can resort to tricks of various kinds, from the use of bleach for white clothes to white vinegar or baking soda. Let’s see how to get a white garment back.

Bleach for linen

An option to remove yellow stains is to use the laundry bleach both in the washing machine, soak or by hand. In the washing machine, it will be enough to pour 100 ml directly into the lye bucket. Dilute 100 ml in 10 liters of water, pour the laundry and leave it there for 20 minutes. Later, clarify the clothes.

Stain remover with active oxygen

In stores we can also buy other types of stain remover products especially for white clothes that help to remove the most difficult stains and recover the original white tone of the clothes. The quantities vary depending on the brand but, as a general rule, they can be poured directly into the detergent drawer before washing.

Baking soda

On numerous occasions we have talked about the benefits of baking soda and ending yellow spots is also one of them. Apply it directly to the wet stain, gently rub with a brush and leave it to work for 30 minutes. Then, wash in the washing machine as usual.

White vinegar

In addition to being a good fabric softener, white vinegar helps remove the yellow hue from clothing. Add a cup of white vinegar in the last wash and then lay the clothes out in the sun. Little by little, that unwanted tone will disappear.

Another option is to mix half a cup of white vinegar with half a cup of salt and add it to a bucket of water where you have to leave the garments for half an hour. Afterwards, wash the clothes in the washing machine.

Lemon juice

The properties of lemon juice can help whiten our clothes. Apply a few drops of lemon juice on the stain and let them act for a few hours with the garment exposed to the sun. Then wash in the washing machine as usual.


All-white clothing is not the same, and some are more delicate than others. Always check the washing label to see if you can apply bleach or not, if it can be put in the washing machine, etc. If you have doubts, apply the chosen solution only on a small part of the non-visible garment and wait to see the result before applying it to the entire garment.

How to remove old grease from clothes

How to remove old grease from clothes

Grease stains that have been on your fabric for a long time are more difficult to remove because the oil is already more attached to your clothes. However, it is still possible to get absorbed grease stains from your clothes. The best way to do this is petrol. Dab the wax petrol well on the stain or soak the stain in the benzene for a few minutes. 

Then rinse your clothes well. If the stain is not yet completely dissolved, you can then treat the stain again with a special stain remover and finally wash with your regular wash.

What do I do if the oil stains are dry or old?

Dry or old oil stains are more difficult to remove. That’s why we insist that these steps be done when the stain is still fresh. 

But, it’s true. Many times we do not realize it and we see the stain after days. Don’t worry, because there is also a solution to alcohol. 

Follow these steps: 

  • Spray the stain with alcohol, as this product penetrates easily and quickly into the tissues.
  • Thanks to its bactericidal and degreasing action, it will gradually remove the stain.
  • Then, after 5 minutes, wash the garment with a washing machine program that you always use.

We find oil stains not only in the clothes. What about the dining room couch? Acting before on the couch can also be a hassle. 

It’s always better to act quickly when the stain is still fresh, using absorbent paper and talc, as we have seen. 

If it’s dry, it will be time to try with alcohol, testing in an inconspicuous area, leaving it to act and rubbing with some intensity after a few minutes. 

Can I use baking soda if I have an oil stain on my clothes?

Of course, Baking soda acts as a drier and absorbs the oil in the area.

The washing properties of bicarbonate are well known, and it is even very powerful bleach, so it is recommended to use it without mixing with any other product and only in white clothing.

It is used to wash the cuffs and collars of shirts. Mixed with a droplet of white vinegar, rub the stain, rinse, and put it in the washing machine. The results are simply astonishing. 

How to remove old oil stains from polyester

How to remove old oil stains from polyester

Step by step to remove polyester stains:

  • Select the appropriate WiPP Express detergent and Neutrex stain remover for fabric and color.
  • Brush or scrape off any solid excess.
  • Extract the liquids with a clean cloth, removing as much as possible.
  • Rinse with water.
  • Pretreat the stain area before washing.
  • Wash at the highest temperature possible according to the label.
  • Check the stain after washing.

How to remove old oil stains with Persil Detergent:

  • Choose the right kind of Persil detergent and stain remover
  • Pre-treat the stain and let the detergent soak in for a few minutes
  • Pre-treat the stain and let the detergent soak in for a few minutes
  • Check if the stain is gone

Choose a detergent

Choosing the right Persil detergent is the first step to remove old or dried stains.

Pretreatment of the stain

To make it easier to remove old dried-in stains, soak the clothes in soapy water and detergent. This will help remove the top layer of the stain. Then apply the Persil detergent directly to the stain and leave it for a few minutes. Rinse until the detergent disappears completely.

Wash and rinse

Wash old or dried stains in warm, but not hot, water. The stain can penetrate further due to high temperatures.

Check the stain

Do not put the clothes in the dryer if the stain is still present after washing. Instead, soak the stain again and repeat pretreatment and washing.

Dried stains on different types of fabric

Some fabrics, such as cotton and linen, are porous and should be treated with extra care. For example, with these fabrics, let the Persil detergent soak into the fibers extra-long and deep and cover the dried-in stain completely.

Remove old oil stains from clothes and fabrics

Remove old oil stains from clothes and fabrics​
  • Put a piece of cardboard on the garment. The cardboard should be placed exactly behind the stain. This will prevent the stain from transferring to the back of the garment.
  • Cover the stain with WD-40. This will help remove the stain from the fabric.
  • Pour baking soda into the stain. You need the stained area to be completely covered. Baking soda will help absorb oil and WD-40.
  • Rub the baking soda with an old toothbrush. Rub until you see the baking soda start to build up.
  • Pour a little bit of dish soap into the baking soda. You don’t need a lot of soap. Only a drop or two will suffice, depending on the size of the stain.
  • Brush the stain again. At some point, the baking soda will get caught in the bristles of the brush. When that happens, rinse the toothbrush with water, and then continue brushing until the baking soda is completely gone.
  • Take out the cardboard and wash the garment as you normally would. If the garment can be machine washed, put it in the washing machine with the rest of your clothes. If not, wash it in the sink full of water and add a little detergent

Pro Tips

Keep some baking soda in your garage to sprinkle on oil spills when they do occur. This will make it easier to remove them quickly.


Don’t wait. Try to remove the stain as fast as you can. The longer you wait, the harder it will be to remove the stain.

Some people think that baking soda is very abrasive on delicate fabrics. If your garment is made from a delicate or fragile fabric, dry the stain as much as you can and take it to a professional or to a dry cleaner.

Daniel Methews
Daniel Methews
Daniel Methews is a cleaning expert with a wealth of experience and knowledge in the field. With his expertise in various cleaning techniques, he has become a trusted specialist in the industry. Daniel's mastery lies in the art of vacuum cleaning, where he excels in utilizing the latest advancements in technology to ensure impeccable results. Additionally, his skills in stain removal are unparalleled, as he possesses an in-depth understanding of different types of stains and the most effective methods to eliminate them. Daniel Methews is dedicated to providing top-notch cleaning solutions, leaving spaces spotless and customers satisfied.

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