Most of us enjoy cooking new recipes, but like other things we enjoy, frustrating things may happen during the activity. When cooking, the oil may spill or splatter, which causes stains on your favorite clothes. Cooking oil stains are stubborn to remove when it permanently sets and darkens into the fabric once it dries on the clothes.
If you do not have time to bring your stained clothes and laundry to the nearest laundry service, pre-treating the oil stain is the best thing to do. Here’s a laundry hack on how you can pre-treat the oil:
Remove the excess oil on the clothes.
Remove the oily particles from the fabric with a spoon or dull knife. Take a paper towel to blot the liquid stains. Removing and blotting the oil stain makes it easier to treat the stained area and prevent the oil from seeping further into the fabric.
Whether you plan to wash the stained clothes at home or the laundry service, it is best to remove the excess oil to avoid the oil stain from transferring to the other clothes in the load.
Apply liquid laundry detergent to the stained area.
Use a liquid laundry detergent; powdered ones may only worsen the situation because they may leave residues. Moreover, most liquid detergents can effectively remove grease and stains. Saturate the oil stain before soaking the fabric.
Let the clothes soak for a few minutes.
Allow the stained clothes to soak for at least five minutes. The solution breaks down the oil grease seeped into the fabric. Do not forget to use only the right amount of laundry detergent, excessive detergent may lead to foul-smelling clothes.
Wash clothes as instructed on the care label.
Read the care label on the clothes to ensure you are laundering the garment properly. Do not disregard the instructions, or your clothes will suffer more damage.
Inspect the stained area before throwing them into the dryer.
Inspect and ensure no marks or dark spots on the garment before throwing them into the dryer. If there is, repeat the previous steps to ensure the residue is gone. When the stain is gone, it is safer to air dry your garment.
Additional Tips You Can Try
- Use dish soap instead of liquid detergent. However, this varies in the dish soap. Some contain lotion and other additives. Choose a dish soap that can remove oil grease.
- Run hot water directly to the stained area to help remove the stain.
- Sprinkle corn starch or baby powder on the oil stain to absorb the oil from the fabric. This is the best method for non-washable materials.
However, there are cases where stains persist, even when you use effective stain removal methods.
When to Call an Expert
Sometimes, the worst thing happens to us. If the stained garment has a delicate fabric, it is most likely labeled with “dry clean only,” do not do anything on the clothes. Instead, call an expert. If you cannot bring it immediately, try asking if they offer laundry pickup and delivery, this will save the day.