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Removing Cooking and Vegetable Oil Stains


Removing Cooking and Vegetable Oil Stains Photo Credit: James Worrell / Getty Images
Fried foods may pose a risk for our health, but cooking and vegetable oils and their greasy residues can pose a pretty big hazard to our clothing. They key to getting out oily and greasy stains is to wash clothing in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 Minutes

Here's How:

  1. Do not make your job any more difficult than it has to be. Remove as much excess oil as possible with a dull knife or spoon. This will make it more easy to treat the area of the fabric that is stained.
  2. Apply liquid detergent to the stained area. Most liquid laundry detergents are able to remove grease, but for tough stains you may need to try a liquid dish soap.
  3. Allow the liquid to sit for 3-5 minutes to allow it to go completely through the fabric. As it soaks into the fabric it begins to break down the grease.
  4. Wash in the hottest water safe for the fabric. Check tags to determine what water temperature to use for washing. The warmer the water, the easier it will be for the oil to be fully removed.
  5. After washing, check to make sure the stain is fully removed before you dry the clothing. If any hint of the stain still remains, repeat the previous steps.


  1. You can also use a basic dish soap to get cooking oil stains out instead of laundry detergent. The fancier dish soaps that are great for your hands may not be as effective, but the basic soaps are great at getting out grease.

What You Need

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Liquid dish soap (optional)

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