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How To Remove Oil From A Basketball Jersey

August 24, 2016

Q: My washer broke down and got hydraulic fluid all over my whites including my reversible two layer white/navy blue basketball jersey. How do I get this out? I am in desperate need of assistance, Dr. Laundry! A: This is quite a problem because your basketball jersey is probably made of synthetic fibers,… Read More

Removing Stains from White Clothes

August 10, 2016

Q: I had put my summer clothes away last year. I put them in a clean tote and lined the tote with clear plastic. Sealed it. Opened the bag this summer and found some yellow stains on a few of my white shirts and white pants. Any advice on what I… Read More

How Do I Get A Cooking Oil Stain Out Of A Shirt?

July 19, 2016

Q: How do I get a cooking oil stain out of a t shirt? A: You didn’t mention the color of the t-shirt or the fiber content.  That’s OK—I’ve got several different options for you to try based on what’s common for a typical t-shirt. A really effective product to use… Read More

How Do I Get Vape Juice Out Of Clothing?

May 4, 2016

Q: How do I get vape juice out of clothing? A: Thanks for sending in your question—it’s one I haven’t received before but I guess given the popularity of e-cigarettes you may not be alone in this problem.  I don’t actually have any experience with vaping myself, so I don’t… Read More

How can I get vehicle oil out of jeans?

January 3, 2016

Q: How can I get vehicle oil out of jeans?   A: Whether you call it vehicle oil or engine grease, it’s one of the most challenging stains to get out.  It is very helpful to start with a strong solubilizer/solvent that is appropriate for fabric.  There are a few different… Read More

What Is The Best Way To Remove Cooking Oil Stains?

September 30, 2015

Q: What is the best way to remove cooking oil stains? I splatter oil (olive, canola or veggie) on my clothes while cooking all the time. Sometimes it comes out with spray stain remover and sometimes it doesn’t. A: Thanks for sending in your question—it’s a… Read More

How Do You Remove Oil Stains From Whites?

September 21, 2015

Q: I have four white shirts which have developed weird yellow spots all over them in random places. Mainly present around the cuffs, collar, pocket, sleeve. I can’t understand what the reason behind these stains is. These shirts are a part of my uniform and I can’t do… Read More

Is It Okay To Bleach Items With a Logo On Them?

April 22, 2015

Q: I have just noticed a stain on two items of my clothing. One is a white polo shirt and the other a normal t-shirt material. I’ve tried using a stain remover, soaking it and pre treating it but no joy. My next thought was bleach. Will it be okay… Read More

How To Remove Grease Stains

April 6, 2015

Q: I have some clothes that have grease stains on them. I use Shout, do i need to turn clothes inside out, get it wet and spray?  I dont know how to get the stain out.   A: Greasy stains definitely need to be pre-treated before washing, and it’s best… Read More

Addressing a gasoline spill on clothing

November 28, 2012

How can I treat a gasoline spill on my black cotton and spandex yoga pants? This is such an interesting question, and the answer needs to address more than just cleaning—there’s a safety issue, too. Clothes washer and dryer manufacturers don’t want oil or gasoline soaked items going into their… Read More

Massage Oil Removal

May 20, 2012

How do I remove massage oil from sheets and towels?Oily stains benefit from more concentrated cleaning solutions.  Larger items like sheets and towels that have the stains spread over them can be presoaked for more complete stain removal.  To do this, use powdered Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster. Read More

Cooking Oil

April 20, 2012

Q. What will remove cooking oil from a t-shirt?A. I would start by pretreating the stain with something to help solubilize the cooking oil, breaking it up to make it easier to remove.  Try liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster or liquid dishwashing detergent.  Apply a little and… Read More

Outdoor Grill Stain

April 2, 2012

Q:  I accidentally brushed up against the grill.  The stain appears to be a mix of grease and ash; it is very black and greasy.  Help!A:  I would start by pretreating the stain with some liquid dishwashing detergent – this will help solubilize the grease, breaking it up for easier… Read More

Gasoline Smell on Clothing

January 4, 2012

Q:  How do I get gasoline smell out of clothing?A:  This is such an interesting question, and the answer needs to address more than just cleaning – there’s a safety issue too.  If the clothes have a lingering gasoline smell, that means they probably have residual gasoline on them.  Clothes… Read More

Grease Stain After Washing

November 9, 2011

Q: My husband’s clothes come out with grease stains after I wash them.  What can I do?A: Regarding the grease stains, do they appear on the clothes after they come out of the washer or the dryer?  When the rubber seal inside the dryer begins to wear out, grayish-black stains… Read More

Machine Oil Stains

September 5, 2011

Q:  What is the best way to get machine oil off my husband’s work shirts after they have sat in a hamper for two days?A:  With dark, grimy machine oil it’s important to use a good solvent to dissolve the oil stains, preferably before they are wet from the wash… Read More

Removing Grease

November 16, 2010

Q. I have tried all I can think of to remove grease from a cleaning cloth. Do you have any ideas? For now I am keeping it in cold water to avoid possible spontaneous combustion.A. This is a very interesting question. I wish I knew a little bit more about… Read More

Removing Solvents, Oil and Grease

April 29, 2010

Q. We need to wash the rags we use in our metal shop that are oily from a WD-40 and kerosene mix. Can you suggest an additive or soap that will break down the oil so that the rags are clean and the drain doesn’t become clogged with the oil… Read More

Removing Grease and Oil

November 10, 2009

Q. Hello, I have some expensive and nice sheets that have two issues with: The pillow cases are badly soiled from hair and they are discolored. You can almost feel the oil in them. The sheets have grease on them from a malfunction in the washing machine. These sheets… Read More

Removing Stains from Fire Retardant Clothing

October 8, 2009

Q. My husband wears fire retardant clothing while performing his job which results in a lot of grease and dirt stains. Can I use your product? The clothing is marked No Chlorine Bleach, No Hydrogen Peroxide, and Detergent Only.A. For fire retardant clothing, one does not want to remove or… Read More

Crude Oil Stains: Your Questions

October 21, 2008

Q: How would you suggest I remove tough crude oil stains/smells from 100% cotton colored work shirts? Having a real solution to this question would be very beneficial to know for our Crude Oil Drivers and their families. A: Boy, this a tough question, but one my sister… Read More

Removing Massage Oils from Fabrics

August 26, 2008

Q: I am a massage therapist. I launder my own sheets. My sheets (some white, some colored) are normal cotton sheets and are exposed to massage oils. Not only are the oil stains a visual problem, they feel waxy and have an odor. I am already washing them in the… Read More

Your Questions: Fuel on Clothes

January 25, 2008

Q: My husband got sprayed with diesel fuel. He came home and washed his clothes right away in hot water. However, the yellowish stain is still there and the smell is awful. Do you have any suggestions on how to get even the smell out of that? Thank… Read More

Your Questions: It’s Ski Season!

January 9, 2008

Q: My daughter has a grease stain on her new ski coat. The grease stain came from the ski’s chair lift. The shell of the coat is 100% nylon. Any suggestions?A: The best bet for grease on nylon jacket include: Pre-treating using good liquid detergent or stain and… Read More