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Is there a way to get oil stains out of clothes?


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Any way at all?
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Shout? or Spray -n- Wash?  Perhaps if it's washable fabric. Whatever you do, don't put it through the dryer after you wash it, that'll set the stain forever.

It probably depends on the fabric and the nature of the stain. Maybe just take it to the cleaners and ask them if they can get it out.
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I have had good luck using a product called greased lightning.  It is a spray surface cleaner...like 409.  I just spray the stain then put the item into the washer with everything else. 
What kind of oil is it?  You can use powder to absorb the oil prior to washing, but I've never tried it with car oil, just cooking oil and those types of oils.  There is also a product called Lestoil that works well.
Mean Green you get at the Dollar Store works well too.  There is a product called Goo Gone that works wonders but it's hard to find.  Oxy Clean is awesome also.

There's a spray called K2R that can be applied when the stain is fresh.  It's an absorbent powder that soaks up the oil stain and can be washed out.

I've had some luck with using Shout wipes when the stain is fresh.  Also, rubbing in straight liquid laundry detergent and letting it sit for 5 minutes before washing, sometimes works.

Thanks so much. I will write those down, and take them to the store tomorrow morning.

It's peanut butter oil.

I've had oil stains before that wouldn't come out, so I always just ended up throwing the clothes away. These are only pajama pants, and they are obviously much cheaper. But I love them so much! I've had them for years and I'm attached to them... so I'll do whatever is in my power to save them!
There is a hand cleaner in the automotive department at Walmart that works great! It's called Gojo. Just put a little on the stain and let it sit for a couple of minutes before putting it in the wash. It's what people use to get the grease off their hands after working on automobiles, so it cuts the grease really well. It doesn't smell very good, but if you rewash it again with regular detergent that usually takes care of the smell.
regular old baby powder will work for that, but its more likely to work the quicker you apply it.  Letting it sit & absorb for a day isn't really promising...
I saturate mine with shout gel and let it sit overnight before I wash it, and I haven't met an oil stain yet that I couldn't defeat =)
Okay... If I use baby powder or any other detergent that was mentioned, does the stain have to be fresh? It didn't go through the wash yet, but it's too late now to go out and buy anything. Can I leave it for one night and take care of it tomorrow, or will it be too late?
Soak it in Dawn dish soap. It works for me.
i seond the Dawn dish soap.  I use it on my military uniforms which get pretty dirty from time to time (air force f-16 weapons maintainer).  i haven't had a problem with those stains coming out.
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Okay... If I use baby powder or any other detergent that was mentioned, does the stain have to be fresh? It didn't go through the wash yet, but it's too late now to go out and buy anything. Can I leave it for one night and take care of it tomorrow, or will it be too late?

As long as it didn't go through the wash the powder might work.  The problem with oil stains is, they continue to absorb into the cloth.  The deeper it's absorbed the harder to get it out.

Suggestion:  Don't put the garment in the drier after you attempt to get the stain out.  Let it air dry and see if it's really gone.  That way you can try again.  Once it hits that hot drier it's a lost cause.

Dawn dish soap can work miracles with oil stains on clothes......
^ Dish soap! It really does work miracles on things.
I second greased lightening.  Works even if you don't find the stain until after it's out of the dryer.

Dish soap works great, particularly Dawn. Also, try shampoo for any kind of food oil stain. Shampoo is designed to break down oil and rinse it away. A cheap shampoo designed for an oily hair type works the best.

Soak your stain in straight dish soap or shampoo. Overnight is good. Then wash. Don't put it through the dryer until you're sure the stain is out. Re-soak several times if necessary. For a bad oil stain, let the soap sit on it several days.

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