After enjoying an oily meal like pizza, you may feel irritated when you notice that your jeans have oil stains on them. Since oil stains are quite difficult to remove, you may be afraid that they will stay permanently. Fortunately, there are several ways you can follow to remove oil stains from jeans.
Part 1 of 3: Absorb Oil from Fabric
Step 1. Absorb any excess oil from the pants
Carefully press a paper towel, tissue, or cotton swab against the stain. Thus, the remaining oil that has not hardened into a stain can be absorbed. Remove the oil as soon as possible after it hits the jeans.
Step 2. Coat the stain with baking soda
After removing the excess oil, sprinkle baking soda on the stain thoroughly until it is covered. Place the jeans on a flat surface and let them rest for at least 1 hour. If the baking soda appears yellowish, it's possible that the baking soda has effectively removed some of the oil from your pants.
Sprinkle cornstarch on the stain if you don't have baking soda
Step 3. Sweep off any remaining baking soda or corn starch
After letting the stain sit for at least 1 hour, carefully buff off as much of the baking soda or cornstarch as possible. You can remove any remaining baking soda or cornstarch using a damp sponge or trust cloth, but it will be more effective if you brush it off with a large, thick-bristled makeup brush.
Part 2 of 3: Dealing with Stains Before Washing Trousers
Step 1. Spray WD-40 anti-rust lubricant on the oil stain
Make sure the spraying straw is installed on the WD-40 bottle beforehand to make the product easier to use. Spray the product all over the stained area. After that, let stand for 15-30 minutes.
Step 2. Use a spray product if you don't have WD-40
Hair spray can be used like WD-40 to remove most oil stains. Point the nozzle at the stain and press to spray the product until the stain is completely covered. Let the pants sit for a few minutes afterward.
Step 3. Coat the stain with dish soap
Because it's formulated to break down grease and oil on cutlery, dish soap like Sunlight can remove grease stains from jeans. Just rub a little soap all over the stained area.
Step 4. Cover the stain with shampoo if you don't have dish soap
Most shampoos, especially those formulated for oily hair, can remove natural oils for a cleaner looking hair. Thoroughly coat the stain on the pants with shampoo to remove any adhering oil.
Step 5. Brush the stain using a toothbrush
While the dish soap or shampoo is still on, brush the stain to remove as much oil as possible. Rub the stain in a circular motion.
Step 6. Rinse the cleaned area with hot water
After brushing, take the jeans to the sink or soaking tub, and open the hot water tap. Place the pants under running water and rinse the cleaned area until all the soap or shampoo suds are carried away by the water.
Part 3 of 3: Washing Jeans
Step 1. Put the jeans, detergent, and vinegar in the washing machine tub
Place the pants in the tube and add your regular laundry detergent. After that, measure and pour 120 ml of vinegar into the washing machine. Vinegar can remove excess oil that remains on the fabric of the pants.
Step 2. Wash the pants using hot water
While some stains are best removed with cold water, oil stains are easier to remove if you use hot water. Use the heat setting on the washing machine and press the “Start” button.
Step 3. Dry the pants to dry
Drying using a dryer actually makes the remaining stains stick more firmly to the fabric fibers. This means the oil will be much more difficult to remove. After the wash cycle is complete, remove the pants from the washing machine and hang them on a clothesline or clothes rack.
Step 4. Repeat the cleaning process if necessary
After the pants are finished drying, pay attention to the area that was previously stained. If the stain is still visible, repeat the washing process. Do not dry the pants in the dryer until there are no more visible stains after the pants are dried.