how to remove oil stains from clothes

How to Remove Oil-Based Stains from Clothes

Is there anything worse than getting an unsightly, greasy stain on your favourite shirt or blouse?! You may have found yourself wondering how to remove oil stains from clothes?

For starters, you don’t need to rely on the  harsh chemicals that are in some detergents. In fact,  the best stain remover for getting oil stains out of fabric is actually an all-natural soap! 

Let’s Start with the Basics: What’s the First Thing We Need to Do When Clothes Get Stained?

An accidental flick of black grease on your pants while oiling your bike chain, or an occasional drip of greasy food onto your clothing is inevitable — we’ve all been there! There’s no need to panic the next time you need to remove stains from fabric. Here are a few simple rules to remember when it comes to removing oil stains from clothes.

1. Get it wet

As soon as you spill something on your clothing, get it wet! This helps remove any remaining material that may be sitting on your clothing, which can prevent a stain from darkening. Wash and scrape off as much of the spilled material as you can.


2. Don’t let it set

The sooner you deal with a stain, the better your chances are of completely removing it from your clothing. So don’t throw it in the back of your closet and forget to deal with it!


3. Don’t let the stain remover product bake in

Once you’ve applied your stain removal product of choice, be sure to launder your clothing without waiting too long. Always check to make sure the stain is gone after washing, as putting it in the dryer before it’s gone may set the stain.

What are the Toughest Types of Stains and How to Remove Them?

Let’s face it, life is messy. And that means sometimes our clothing gets messy too! Here are some common types of stains and how to remove them using different stain remover solvents.

Protein-Based Stains

Food stains are probably the most common type of stain you deal with, both while cooking and eating. Protein-based stains refer to animal-based products such as milk, yogurt, egg, blood, and even sweat. Remove stains from protein sources by using an enzyme cleaner, which contains beneficial bacteria that break down molecules in organic materials into small pieces that they can consume.

Pigment or Colour-Based Stains

These stains are caused by coloured things like wine, coffee, fruit juice, grass, and dyes. Most of these can be addressed by blotting the affected clothing with a clean cloth or paper towel, then washing or sponging with water mixed with a tiny bit of white vinegar. For dyes, you can remove stains by dampening the affected area with a clear solvent stain remover that contains alcohol. Use a cloth to dab it, which should transfer the pigment from the clothing to the cloth. Rinse in warm water and wash normally to finish the stain removal.

Oil and Grease Stains on Clothes

Oil and grease can be some of the most worrying stains because they don’t seem to get less noticeable by washing under a tap or rubbing. Luckily, CleanO2 has the perfect solution for how to remove oil stains from clothes…

How CleanO2’s New Stain Eraser Removes the Toughest Oil Stains Without the Harsh Chemicals

When it comes to how to remove oil stains from clothes, the secret ingredient in our brand new Sustain Eraser is one that helps clean up both your clothes and the environment! Whether the stain is fresh or has had time to set, this handy portable item is a wildly effective stain removal tool to keep around.

We’ve tested this stain remover on everything from Trailer Hitch grease to food-based stains like chilli oil, burger grease, and mustard. The Sustain Stick successfully removed all these stubborn stains, making it a fantastic solution for removing oil stains from fabric. The best part is that it doesn’t contain any harmful chemicals and doesn’t bleach clothes, so the colours will stay intact (but if you’re using it on delicate fabric, always test a small area first before using it on the stain).

What’s in the Sustain Eraser and How to Use It

If you’re struggling with how to remove old oil stains from clothes, the Sustain Stick contains a special ingredient that can help. The unique component is pearl ash formed from captured carbon that would have otherwise been released into the atmosphere.

The pearl ash eliminates the need for harmful chemicals. No bleach. No detergents.  This small but mighty stick is designed to be a pre-treatment for your clothes before laundry and is simple to use:

  • Step one: Wet both the stick and the stained area of your clothing 
  • Step two: Rub the stick on the stain until you see bubbles form. Rinse and repeat until the stain disappears. 
  • Step three: Toss the clothing  in the laundry
  • Step four: Marvel at the stain removal magic after your clothing comes out of the washer, free of any unsightly grease stains!

Remember, this Sustain Eraser is the answer to your oily stains everyday!  Whether you are someone who likes working in the garage with grease-based products, or you or someone in your family is a bit accident prone during mealtime, the Sustain Stick is the best stain remover for you.

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