DIY Oil Stain Remover!!

Oil stains are the HARDEST stains to get out! There is nothing fun about it! It doesn’t matter how hard you try, at some point, you will be faced with the task of attempting an oil stain removal or you’ll have to deal with a permanent stain. I’ve had some luck using a very simple technique that I’m going to share with you.

Do you remember that DIY Carpet Stain Remover post from a while back? Well, were doing almost the EXACT same thing. We’re just going to be adding one more ingredient to turn that carpet stain remover into a super-charged oil stain remover for your clothes.

Ready to watch the magic happen? Here we go!

Here’s what you’re going to need:

  • Dawn
  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Baking Soda
  • Toothbrush (I used an old battery powered facial cleaner)

If the stain is fresh, cover it in baking soda right away. The baking soda will draw out most of the moisture. Once dry, dump the remaining baking soda out. If it is not a fresh stain, grab your Dawn! Oh, and if you can, try not to put your clothing through a round in the dryer! Doing this will only help set the stain in place.

Ok, moving on….

Pour Dawn over the stain and let it sit for 10 minutes.

Now, dampen the bristles of the brush your using and scrub!!

Make sure the area becomes fully saturated so you really get that Dawn moving around the stain.

I repeated this process a few times. I’m working with a motor oil stain that’s been on my sweater for several days already so its a bit stubborn. As you can see, the stain remains.

If the stain has not disappeared after repeating the Dawn/scrub process, pour some hydrogen peroxide over the area.

* If you’re worried about “bleaching” your clothes, do a patch test first!*

Once you’ve poured a generous amount of peroxide over the area, add a bit of baking soda.

Scrub it again. You should start to see your oil stain disappearing at this point. The peroxide/baking soda combo is homemade OxiClean! Remember that in case you need to remove a stain again!

If the stain is particularly stubborn, you may need to repeat the process a few times before you see any stain reduction. I repeated the process twice and after the second time, I left my sweater to sit in the peroxide/baking soda combo for the rest of the night.

After your clothing has been left alone with the solution sitting on it, toss it in the washer and wash as you normally would.

This is what mine looked like as it was being tossed into the washer..

That’s it!! Check out my sweater now!

No more stain!!

If for some reason your item STILL has an oil stain after you pull it out of the wash, DON’T dry it!! Repeat these steps again until the stain is gone.

I hope this post saves you from having to turn your favorite items into work clothes! Remember to like, share, tweet, and pin this post! ๐Ÿ™‚



  • I keep a mix of these in a dish and use it on yellow underarm stains. I don’t measure I just put peroxide in a dish, squirt in some dish soap and add a little baking soda. Once soda is mixed it turns like a gel. I think this works better than any store bought stain remover.

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