How annoying is it when you’ve washed and dried your clothes, only to discover an oil stain? Don’t stress, there is an easy way to remove the stain and save your clothing.

Oil stain removal:

What you’ll need:

  • WD-40
  • baking soda
  • dish liquid
  • cardboard
  • toothbrush


  1. Lay clothing flat and place cardboard under the stain.
  2. Spray stain with WD-40.
  3. Pile baking soda on the area and brush with a toothbrush, rubbing into the stain.
  4. Shake off excess baking soda.
  5. Repeat steps 3 and 4.
  6. Add some dish liquid onto stain and rub in.
  7. Wash as usual.
  8. Your stain will be removed!

I was skeptical about this working but I was going to throw out my husband’s shirt anyway so I thought that I would try it and it worked!

Do you have any laundry tips to share? Please add comment below.

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  • Thats such an awesome tip. I never would have thought of WD40


  • I work in a take away food shop and the deep fryer is my station, I have ruined a few pairs of pants with oil stains over the years, maybe now I can save some!


  • Cool. I’m really good at over buttering toast and having it drip on my chest. Hope this works!


  • That is great, thank you so much.


  • Wow, I love this one. I’ll be printing it out and sticking it on the laundry cupboard door. Thanks so much. I would normally just throw something out.


  • What a fantastic tip. My husband is forever coming home with oil and fuel on his work clothes. Will definitely be giving this a go


  • Sounds as such an easy way, have to try it !


  • What a great tip – thanks for posting.


  • This is a fantastic tip thank you! My partner is such a grub, will always spill food onto white shirts :/


  • Interesting ! Will try it when nothing else works :)
    I work a lot with the sunlight block soap on stains. Just wet the stain with piping hot water, add soap and scrub. By harsh stains I sometimes poor some hydrogen peroxide over the stain, let it sit for a bit, poor boiling water over it and put some dish wash liquid on before adding to the washing machine.


  • taken copy of this oil stain remover as sounds brilliant. Printed it so do not forget and will frame it for the laundry. I have thrown away so many items over the years due to oil stains ! Especially the spagetti sauce stains on expensive to go out wear. No more I say thanks for helping me find a removal way


  • Thanks for sharing makes sense ! ; )


  • A friend of mine uses Napisan Pre-wash Soaker powder, adds a few drops of water to make it into a paste and rubs it into the stain and put it in the washing machine with her other washing. If it is a bad stain, even if the fabric has been washed before the stain is noticed she will do the process once, rinse it and repeat the process before washing as normal…. I have found that Orange Power Pre-wash stain removal spray is very good. I spray it on, give it a good rub, then wash as normal. I would say about 98% of the time the stains – whatever they are come out. Prior to that I had tried various home and commercial products. On materials such as work overalls (worn prdominently by men in various trades) and jeans, rubbing the stains with turpentine often removes oil, grease and other stains. Had motor mechanics amongst family and friends. Rubbing turps on oil stains using a strong piece of rag will remove oil and grease from concrete. You may need to do it more than once – especially in warm weather, even more so if the area gets sun.


  • Will have to share this and try it out for sure !!! Thanks


  • I, too have thrown out clothing due to unsightly stains. Thanks for such an amazing remedy


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