1. Home

Remove Salad Dressing Stains

By

Remove Salad Dressing Stains

Photo Credit: Steve Wisbauer / Getty Images

Photo Credit: Steve Wisbauer / Getty Images
Oil based salad dressing stains and vinaigrette stains can take a toil on your wardrobe. The oily stains can remain even after you think you've pre-treated and pre-treated again. Follow these steps to make sure your stain is gone.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Remove as much excess salad dressing as possible with a dull knife or spoon.
    Be sure not to damage the fabric by rubbing too intensely on the stained area. The goal is only to remove the excess salad dressing.

  2. Apply a stain stick, gel, or spray remover and let stand for several minutes to allow it to go completely through the fabric.
    Be sure to wait several minutes for the stain remover to penetrate the salad dressing stain fully.

  3. Use liquid detergent to rub through the stained fabric.
    Liquid laundry detergent will be able to break up the oily salad dressing if you rub it into the stained area. You can also use a mild basic dish soap instead.

  4. Allow the garment to sit for 3-5 minutes.
    Be sure to allow the laundry detergent to have enough time to work. For tough or large stains, you may need to let it sit for up to 10 minutes.

  5. Wash in the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.
    Hot water will work with the laundry detergent to break down the salad dressing stain and leave your clothes looking like new. Be sure to check for any residue after the clothing is finished in the washer but before you put it in the dryer. After a stain is dried it can be very difficult to remove it. Repeat steps above if the salad dressing stain remains.

What You Need

  • Dull knife or spoon
  • Stain remover stick, gel, or spray
  • Liquid laundry detergent or dish soap
Related Video
How to Stain Wood Trim
How to Stain Wood Furniture

©2014 About.com. All rights reserved.