Everyone has stained a favourite piece of clothing with something oily at some point. Oil and grease stains can be some of the most difficult stains to remove, especially on fabrics that are delicate and may not be suited to forceful scrubbing.
Thankfully, there is a handy solution for removing oily stains that only requires two ingredients that can be found in most household kitchens.
Chantel Mila (AKA Mama Mila) is a mum of two who has made her name sharing her home cleaning hacks with the internet. She has recently revealed how she manages to get stubborn, oily stains out of clothing using only baking soda and dish soap.
The way the hack works involves placing the stained part of the clothing on a dish and then soaking it in dish soap. Afterwards, the baking soda is added and the mixture is rubbed in with a brush. After ten minutes the clothes can be washed as normal in the washing machine.
“Oil stains disappear like magic. This method is my go-to for removing both old and fresh oil stains on your favourite clothing! This week my daughter put her lip balm through the dryer and it left oil marks on all our clothes. So this method has been our saviour this week,” Mila said of the hack.
After the clothes had dried, the oil stains were all gone. How handy!
@mama_mila_ Oil stains disappear like magic 🪄 this method is my go-to for removing both old and fresh oil stains on your favourite clothing! This week my daughter put her lipbalm through the dryer and it left oil marks on all our clothes 🙃 so this method has been our saviour this week! #oilstains #stainremoval #stainremover #cleaninghacks ♬ Originalton – speed up songs
Overall, Mila’s audience reacted positively to the hack.
“Omg I have this issue with all my kookai lounge wear. thank you!!!” commented one user.
However, she did not include a very important detail which had to be pointed out by another user.
“Don’t do this with black clothing it will forever have a pale white spot lol,” the user said.
In the comment section there were also other techniques that people shared for removing stains using common substances:
“Also spray WD-40 on the stain. No need to wait. Straight wash afterwards.”
“You can just use Dawn regular dish detergent. Work in, let sit a bit, then launder, even in cold water it works.”
“I use micellar water make up remover, works pretty good.”
“Or you can just spray dry shampoo on it and it does the same thing”
“Or you can just put baby powder on the oil stain and put in the wash. It works as well.”