Effective Methods for Removing Motor Oil from Clothing and Footwear?

QuestionsCategory: Ask An ExpertEffective Methods for Removing Motor Oil from Clothing and Footwear?
Charles Gabriel Jones asked 5 months ago
I recently had an accident with motor oil, and it ended up staining my clothes and shoes. I've heard various suggestions on how to remove these stains, but I'm unsure which method is the most effective and least damaging to the fabric. Could you provide some expert advice on how to tackle this problem?
1 Answers
Zack Norman Staff answered 5 months ago
Hey there, Charles! Thanks for reaching out with your question about removing motor oil stains from clothes and shoes. Dealing with such stains can be tricky, and they can be super-stubborn to remove, but here are several tried and tested methods that I've used in the past (and they work rather well!):
  1. Dawn Dish Soap: A classic and effective remedy. Apply it directly to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wash as usual.
  2. Brake Cleaner: This is a potent solution. Spray it on the stain, scrub with a clean rag, then apply detergent before washing. Note: Skipping the detergent step might leave a ring.
  3. White Chalk: Rub white chalk (like gym or sidewalk chalk) into the stain before washing. White chalk is preferable for better results.
  4. All Brand Liquid Laundry Detergent: Pre-treat the stain with this detergent, leave it for 20-30 minutes, and then wash in warm water.
A word of caution: Always check the care label on your clothes and shoes before using any of these methods. Some fabrics or materials may not react well to certain chemicals. We hope this helps! Feel free to reach out if you have any more car-related questions. Zack - Motor Verso Mechanics Team