How to Remove Baby Oil Stains

Baby oil is used on more than just babies skin and it is pretty easy to spill leaving people thinking how to remove baby oil stains. Baby oil is a slippery substance that will find its way on your clothes, carpet, and furniture. Since it is an oily substance it may be a little more difficult to remove.

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How to Remove Baby Oil Stains From Fabric

What you will need:

  • Prewash stain remover

To remove baby oil stains from fabric you will need to try and work as quickly as possible. Like most stains it is easier to remove a stain the quicker you can get to treating it. Another great tip for removing oil based stains it to never wash and dry the stain right away. You will always need to pre-treat the stain in some way to make sure that the stain will not set any further into the fabric. Although there are very little steps to this stain removal process you will still need to pay attention to the details of the tips.

  1. First, you will need to go to the store to purchase a prewash stain remover. There are many brands and many different uses for each product. To ensure you are getting the right product read the back of the product carefully. Normally the best products to use on an oil stain is an aerosol prewash product.
  2. Use the prewash stain remover as directed on the back of the bottle.
  3. Allow the prewash to sit for at least 1 minute. This will allow the chemicals to penetrate the stain.
  4. Launder the garment as you normally would with the hottest water the fabric can handle.
  5. Inspect the clothing. If the stain still exists you will need to repeat the processes until the baby oil stain has been removed. Remember do not put the garment in the dryer if the stain is still on the clothing. The heat from the dryer will only set the stain further into the fibers.

How to Remove Baby Oil Stains From Upholstery

What you will need:

  • Baking soda or cornstarch
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Clean white cloth
  • Vacuum

Many people use baby oil on their baby's skin and even on their own. This is one of the reasons why these stains can end up on your upholstery. Many people put too much baby oil on their skin or on their baby's skin, which transfers to their furniture. Oil stains are more difficult to remove, but with the right tips you will be able to rid yourself of those nasty baby oil stains.

  1. For this first step you will need to decide if you would like to use baking soda or cornstarch on the stain. Both products are known for drawing out and absorbing stains so which ever you have on hand is just fine.
  2. Once you have located or chosen the baking soda or cornstarch you can sprinkle a generous amount on the baby oil stain. Ensure you have completely covered the stain.
  3. Allow the baking soda or cornstarch to sit for about 10 to 15 minutes. This will give the baking soda or cornstarch time to absorb the stain.
  4. Vacuum up the baking soda or cornstarch. Ensure you have sucked up all of the remaining residue.
  5. Next, you will need to apply a small amount of dry-cleaning solvent to a clean white cloth. Do not apply the dry-cleaning solvent directly to the upholstery.
  6. Blot the baby oil stain with the dampened cloth. Do not rub the stain. This action will only make the stain worse.
  7. Continue to blot the stain with the dry-cleaning solvent until the dry cleaning solvent has been completely absorbed.
  8. Inspect the stained area. If the stain remains you will need to repeat steps 5 through 7 until the stain has been removed. You can change the white cloth if it becomes too soiled. Using a clothed that is heavily soiled will only spread the baby oil stain further.

How to Remove Baby Oil Stains From Carpet

What you will need:

  • A Dull knife
  • Clean white cloth
  • Baking soda or cornstarch
  • Dry-cleaning solvent
  • Liquid hand dishwashing detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Warm water
  • Cold water

Removing baby oil stains from your carpet is a little more complicated than removing it from your furniture or your clothes. Remember to try and treat the baby oil stain as soon as possible.

  1. Try and scrape off as much of the excess oil as you can with a dull knife. Do not scrape too hard to ensure you do not damage the carpet. Also try and keep the baby oil contained, meaning not to spread the stain.
  2. Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda or cornstarch over the stain ensuring that you cover the entire area.
  3. Allow the baking soda or cornstarch to sit for about 15 minutes. You can allow the baking soda or cornstarch to sit for a little longer if you have a stubborn stain.
  4. Vacuum the baking soda or cornstarch from the carpet. Make sure that you have sucked up all of the baking powder or cornstarch.
  5. Apply dry-cleaning solvent to a clean white cloth. Do not apply the dry-cleaning solvent directly to the carpet.
  6. Blot the carpet with the dry-cleaning solvent. You should continue to blot the carpet until the dry-cleaning solvent has been completely absorbed.
  7. Inspect the stained area. If the stain remains you can try and repeat steps 5 and 6 until the stain is removed. You may want to change the white cloth as you repeat the steps.
  8. If you have a heavily stained area on the carpet you can try to remove the baby oil stain by moving on to step 9.
  9. Mix 1 tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 2 cups of warm water.
  10. Completely soak a clean white cloth with the solution.
  11. Blot the baby oil stain with the dampened cloth.
  12. You should continue to blot the the stain until the solution on the cloth has been absorbed.
  13. Inspect the stained area. If the stain remains you will want to repeat steps 9 through 12.
  14. Once the baby oil stain has been removed, flush the area with clean cold water. This will allow you to ensure all of the excess cleaning products have been removed from the carpet.