It often feels like getting a stain out of your clothes is either pretty simple, or next to impossible. People rarely need help with the simple stains, because it’s often as easy as dabbing some detergent on the stain before tossing the garment in the wash. But when you’re dealing with those “next to impossible” stains, using the right technique can make all the difference!
Today I’ll be showing you how to remove one infamously “impossible” stain: oily stains on dark clothes. From pizza-stained shirts to oil-splattered jeans, many cherished pieces of clothing have met their untimely demise due to such stains. But no more! Because I’m about to show you exactly how to get rid of an oil stain or grease stain for good! :-)
Tools & Supplies
Here’s what you’ll need to remove oily stains:
Note: For more information about using hydrogen peroxide on dark or even black clothes, see the section titled “Will Hydrogen Peroxide Bleach My Clothes?” near the bottom of this post!
How To Get Oily Stains Out Of Dark Clothes
Step 1 – Blot
Blot the stained area with a clean cloth to remove any excess grease, oil, or residue from the stain. Blotting away the extra grease will increase your chances of success!
Step 2 – Layer The Stain Removers
You’ll add the stain removers one at a time, starting with the hydrogen peroxide. Gently pour enough hydrogen peroxide onto the stain to saturate it completely.
Next, add a few drops of dish soap to the saturated stain. Two to three drops should be plenty for a small stain!
Finally, sprinkle a thin layer of baking soda over the top of the hydrogen peroxide and dish soap.
Step 3 – Scrub
Grab your toothbrush or scrub brush and give the stain a good scrub. The baking soda, dish soap, and peroxide should combine together to form a sort of paste. (If the mixture is too wet or too dry, just add a bit more baking soda or hydrogen peroxide.)
When you’re finished scrubbing the stain, let the item sit for 30 minutes to an hour to give the ingredients more time to work.
Step 4 – Wash
After waiting, toss the item in your washing machine with your usual amount of detergent and wash in cold water.
If the stain still isn’t completely gone, repeat Steps 2-4 again to remove the rest of the stain. (But DON’T put the item in your dryer until you’re satisfied that the stain is gone. The heat from your dryer could set the stain into the fabric permanently!)
Will Hydrogen Peroxide Bleach My Clothes?
Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most useful tools in any laundry arsenal! It’s particularly effective against organic stains, including grass stains, blood stains, and even red wine. If you don’t use hydrogen peroxide very often, you can make sure yours is still effective by pouring some into a glass cup. If it fizzes, it’s good to go! (No fizz? Time for a fresh bottle!)
I’ve personally used hydrogen peroxide to remove stains on clothing, bedding, and towels of every color of the rainbow with no issues! However, it’s important to know that hydrogen peroxide can bleach certain fabrics. This typically only occurs when the fabric is not colorfast.
Colorfastness is the ability of a fabric to maintain its original color without fading or bleeding. To find out if your garment is colorfast, check the label first. Instructions like “wash separately” and “wash with like colors” are often warning signs that an item may not be colorfast.
You can also perform a simple colorfastness test by rubbing a damp, white cloth on an interior seam or hem. If any color comes off onto the cloth, the item is not colorfast. If your item is not colorfast, you may want to avoid using this particular stain removal method.
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