If your clothes smell like cooking oil, then, it’s most likely they have been stained by it. In this article, we will look at all the tips on how to get cooking oil smell out of your clothes without washing.
First, you will need the following supplies to get started;
- A scrub brush (You could opt for an old toothbrush if you don’t have a scrub brush.)
- Baking soda
- Washing liquid (Preferably the one you use for washing your cutlery and kitchen tools.)
Now that you have the above supplies ready, let’s see how you can get the cooking oil stain out, by getting the stain out, you can get rid of the smell from your clothes without washing.
How to get cooking oil smell out of clothes without washing
1. Start by pressing the towel against the area with the oil stain. Apply enough pressure to the stained spot.
That way, the towel gets to absorb the excess oil. If you do not have a towel, you could also work with a roll of tissue. Just go with any absorbent material that will not stain your clothing.
2. Next, get your jar of baking soda and then, drizzle it across the area stained with oil. Ensure that you apply the powder generously to the surface. Allow the powder to sit on the stained surface for about thirty minutes.
3. Pick up your scrub brush or toothbrush and then, work it gently in circles across the surface of the stained spot. This process will integrate the baking soda deep within the fibers of the cloth.
That way, the constituents responsible for the stain can become disintegrated.
4. The more your scrub the powder in, the more its form should change. The reason for that is because it absorbs the oil in the cloth. The absorption should lead to the formation of tiny clumps.
The powder should also not look as white as it looked initially.
5. Dust off the excess powder from the surface before proceeding to the next stage. Meanwhile, if you can still pick out the oil stain, you can reapply another layer of baking soda. Then, repeat the brushing procedure.
6. Next, you have to get the white powder off the surface of the material. This is where you will need your dish washing liquid.
Squirt some on your palm and then, use the pad of your fore-finger to rub the jelly liquid into the white patch. As you spread the soapy jelly, the white powder should automatically loosen up.
The thicker the powder you worked with, the more you may have to work the soap into the fabric.
7. The lasts stage is to get rid of the soap from the fabric. You could dip a towel into water and then, blot the ring until the soap is completely gone.
However, the recommended option is to toss the cloth into your washing machine. That way, other smells and invisible stains can be dealt with.
8. Air-dry the cloth when you are done washing it.
The technique that will be discussed now requires that you immerse your cloth in a bowl of soapy water. In a situation where you don’t notice the oil stain until a long while later; here’s what you can do.
Meanwhile, note that we will work with a special spray that will help to loosen the oil patch. You can check any store near you for any spray of that nature.
1. Lay the cloth on a smooth surface and then, tuck in a thick piece of paper through the sleeves. The paper should sit just below the oil patch.
This technique will prevent the oil from sinking to the other part of the fabric, and consequently worsening the stain.
2. Work the oil disintegrating spray onto the spot. Ensure that you keep the nozzle of the spray fixed at the area where the oil is fixed only.
3. The next thing to do is to work with the baking soda. Smear some of the powder to the oil ring and then, use your old toothbrush to work in the baking soda into the fabric.
If you scrub the right way—best done in circles—you would notice that the powder forms lumps across the surface of the fabric.
You might also want to leave the baking soda for a while so that it can do its magic!
4. Dust off the first layer of baking soda and then, work another layer onto the smeared surface. Use a brush to work in the powder into the fabric.
At this point, the powder shouldn’t form too many lumps. That shows that most of the oil held within the fibers of the cloth has been blotted out.
5. Squirt the washing liquid across the surface of the stain and then, use the pad of your fore-finger to work it into the fabric in circles.
Ensure that the soap is generous enough for you to see the foamy bubbles across the surface of the fabric.
6. Next, toss the fabric into your washing machine. You can add some vinegar to the washing solution in order to get a better result. You could also choose to work with your regular detergent if you wish.
You do not need to rinse off the soapy feel in the fifth step prior to this though.
7. Before having the cloth dried, ensure that the oil stain is gone. If it isn’t, you may want to repeat the procedures described above.
Applying heat to the cloth may only end up fixing the oil stain deeper into the fabric.
In all the techniques described in the above text, baking soda was named as the disintegrating agent. If you cannot lay your hands on a jar of that, you could also try working with cornstarch.
It works as a great absorbing agent, but then, you may have to leave it to sit on the stain for about half an hour. For the spray, you could also work with anything that has alcohol has one of its constituents.
The function of that is to dissolve the oil.
Check out the other options you can work with;
- Aloe Vera and dish washing liquid
- Hydrogen peroxide and dish washing liquid. (Ensure that the fabric will not get bleached by the hydrogen peroxide by testing it against a small portion of the fabric.)