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How to Remove Oil Stains from Clothes

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Clothes are an essential part of all the frantic exercises you undertake to cast that elusive great first impression on others. In all such situations ranging from job interviews to your best friend’s birthday party, it is important that you show up in your best attire.

However, it is likely that your favorite shirt often has to be shunned because of that one oil stain which is difficult to get rid of, and makes you look clumsy. Oil stains can be really stubborn and hard to get rid of, but it is not an impossible task! Here are a few tips which should help you remove oil stains from clothes.

• Always keep in mind that the earlier you deal with an oil stain, the better would be the outcome.

• Before washing, pre-treat the oil stained areas using a solvent based stain removal product.

• Liquid detergent is an equally effective substitute for a solvent based stain remover. Be sure to apply a generous amount on the stained area and slowly work it into the fabric to ensure maximum effectiveness.

• Dishwashing liquids have also been used interchangeably with detergents and are to be applied similarly.

• A pretreatment agent which is widely available is talcum powder. Lay out the cloth on a dry area and sprinkle a good amount of talcum powder over the stained regions. Spread evenly and allow it to remain there for 8 – 12 hours. After a preliminary inspection, simply brush the powder off the cloth to obtain cloth that is ready to wash.

• Cornstarch is also used for pretreatment of oil stained clothes, using the same procedure as with talcum powder.

• In rare instances with excessive amounts of oil, oily powder maybe found on the cloth. In such cases, simply brush off the powder and repeat the procedure till it becomes reasonably oil-free.

• Once the pretreatment is done, proceed with the washing of the cloth as usual. Hot water is the preferred choice for watching such clothes.

•  However, before moving the clothes to the dryer check the affected region for the oil stain. In case the stain is still present, you can rub alcohol as a last resort to save your cloth.

• Alcohol is, however, known to remove color from clothes. Hence, it is a good idea to try it on an invisible spot behind the collar first.

• Hair spray is also known to be a quick-acting oil absorber, with only a light wash and air drying required in cases of mild stains.

• Shampoo is regularly used to rid sticky oils present on the scalp and performs a remarkably similar job with oil stains in clothes, helping to remove some of the toughest of oil stains.

• Aloe vera gel is known to remove oil stains in certain cases. Rinsing the cloth in cold water first and then rubbing it vigorously with aloe gel should get rid of the stubborn stains.

• Of the many delightful uses of coca cola, one of the lesser known ones is that it can be used to remove oil stains from clothes. Just apply generous amounts of coke on the oil stained area, let it rest for a couple of hours and wash, to obtain clothes that appear brand new!

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