How to Get Mineral Oil Out of Clothes: A Step-by-Step Guide

If you’ve ever spilled mineral oil on your clothes, you know how stubborn and unyielding it can be. Removing mineral oil from clothes can be a tricky process, but don’t worry; this article will provide you with a simple step-by-step guide to get your clothes looking clean and oil-free

Step-by-Step Guide

Before we start, here’s a list of the materials you’ll need:

  • Paper towels
  • Dish soap
  • Baking soda
  • Washing machine with hot water

Here’s how to get mineral oil out of clothes:

Step 1: Blot Away Excess Oil with Paper Towels

The first thing you need to do when you have a mineral oil stain is to remove as much excess oil as possible. Use paper towels to blot the stain gently until no more oil comes out. Don’t rub the stain as this will make it worse.

Step 2: Pretreat the Stained Area with Dish Soap and Water

Next, pretreat the stain with dish soap and water. Mix a little dish soap with some warm water and apply it to the stained area. Let it sit for 10 minutes so the soap can penetrate the stain and break down the oil. After waiting, gently rub the stained area with a soft brush or your fingers. Rinse the soapy area with warm water and blot it with the paper towel to remove the excess water.

Step 3: Launder the Clothes Properly

Finally, launder the clothes properly to remove all traces of oil. Use hot water and a regular amount of laundry detergent. Don’t use extra detergent as this can damage the clothes. Let the clothes dry naturally or lay them flat to dry. Avoid applying heat or putting them in the dryer because heat can cause the oil stain to set in permanently.

Dos and Don’ts

When trying to remove mineral oil stains, there are some dos and don’ts to keep in mind:


  • Blot excess oil immediately when the spill happens
  • Pretreat the stained area with dish soap and water
  • Launder the clothes in hot water with regular detergent
  • Use alternative methods like baking soda or cornstarch to remove oil stains


  • Use hot water on the stain as this will cause the oil to set in even more
  • Use bleach or any other harsh chemicals to remove the oil, as it can damage the fabric
  • Apply heat to dry clothes as this can also cause the oil stain to set permanently

Household Items for Cleaning

If you don’t have dish soap available, you can use baking soda or cornstarch to remove the oil stains. Here’s how:

Baking Soda Method

  1. Sprinkle baking soda over the stained area and leave it for 10-15 minutes
  2. Gently rub the stained area with a soft brush or your fingers
  3. Wash the clothes in hot water as usual with regular detergent

Cornstarch Method

  1. Apply cornstarch directly to the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes
  2. Brush off the cornstarch and blot the stained area with a paper towel
  3. Wash the clothes in hot water with regular detergent

Images of the Process

Here are some images and/or videos to help you better understand the process of removing mineral oil stains from clothes.

Preventive Measures

The best way to avoid mineral oil stains is to wear protective clothing or avoid oil spills. Here are some tips to prevent future staining incidents:

  • Wear gloves or an apron when handling mineral oil
  • Keep mineral oil containers tightly sealed
  • Use a funnel when pouring mineral oil to avoid spills
  • Clean up any mineral oil spills immediately


Mineral oil stains can be challenging to remove, but following the steps outlined in this article should make the process manageable. Remember to blot away excess oil gently, pretreat the stained area with dish soap and water, and launder the clothes properly. Use alternative methods like baking soda or cornstarch if you don’t have dish soap available. Follow the dos and don’ts carefully, and take preventive measures to avoid mineral oil spills. With these guidelines, you should be able to successfully remove mineral oil stains from your clothes.

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By Happy Sharer

Hi, I'm Happy Sharer and I love sharing interesting and useful knowledge with others. I have a passion for learning and enjoy explaining complex concepts in a simple way.

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