Removing Stains

Motor Oil Stains

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Have a true oil spill on your hands — and clothes? Treat it right away!

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Have a true oil spill on your hands — and clothes? Treat it right away!

Removing oil/grease stains from whites

On the go

Crude oil needs a good solubilizer/solvent to dissolve the stains, preferably before they are wet from the wash water. The more that’s removed, the more the odor problem should be reduced.

At home

  • Grease and water don’t mix so pretreat first by applying a liquid laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, or degreaser. Rub into the stain and let sit 3-5 minutes. This helps solubilize the grease/oil/fluids and jumpstarts removal. 
  • Wash in the HOTTEST water recommended on the care label. The hotter the water the better the removal.
  • Wash these items separate from other laundered items to eliminate the possibility of transfer/re-deposition onto other family member’s clothes.
  • Use at least the recommended amount of detergent, maybe a little extra along with Clorox® Regular-Bleach for your whites.
  • Extend the wash cycle time. With a top-loading washer, wait 6-8 minutes into the cycle, stop the washer and spin the dial back to start for another full 10-12 minutes.
  • Check for success at the end of the wash cycle BEFORE the items go into the dryer. If not satisfactorily removed, you can retreat them. Put them in the dryer and you may be driving the oils into the fibers, which makes removal in the future very difficult/impossible.
  • If this doesn’t work, then the other alternative would be commercial dry cleaner where they use solvents as the basis for their cleaning.

Removing oil/grease stains from colors

On the go

Crude oil needs a good solubilizer/solvent to dissolve the stains, preferably before they are wet from the wash water. The more that’s removed, the more the odor problem should be reduced. 

At home

  • Grease and water don’t mix so pretreat first by applying a liquid laundry detergent, dishwashing detergent, or degreaser. Rub into the stain and let sit 3-5 minutes. This helps solubilize the grease/oil/fluids and jumpstarts removal.
  • Wash in the HOTTEST water recommended on the care label. The hotter the water the better the removal.
  • Wash these items separate from other laundered items to eliminate the possibility of transfer/re-deposition onto other family member’s clothes.
  • Use at least the recommended amount of detergent, maybe a little extra along with Clorox® Regular-Bleach for your whites.
  • Extend the wash cycle time. With a top-loading washer, wait 6-8 minutes into the cycle, stop the washer and spin the dial back to start for another full 10-12 minutes.
  • Check for success at the end of the wash cycle BEFORE the items go into the dryer. If not satisfactorily removed, you can retreat them. Put them in the dryer and you may be driving the oils into the fibers, which makes removal in the future very difficult/impossible.
  • If this doesn’t work, then the other alternative would be commercial dry cleaner where they use solvents as the basis for their cleaning.

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