How to Remove Olive Oil Stains

Whether you splash olive oil on your clothing while cooking, spill it on the floor, or drip it on a tablecloth, you must quickly take steps to remove olive oil stains successfully. The stain created is quite unappealing, and if the stain is not properly treated as soon as possible, getting rid of it can prove quite troublesome.

Olive Oil Cleaning Tips

Removing Olive Oil Stains from Fabric

The key to removing olive oil stains from fabric is baking soda, since baking soda helps to absorb the olive oil, leaving you with less olive oil to remove.

To remove those offensive olive oil stains from fabric, you will need:

  • a water source (warm and hot)
  • baking soda
  • mild dishwashing detergent (liquid)
  • heavy-duty laundry detergent

Now proceed as follows:

  1. Sprinkle baking soda over the olive oil stain. The baking soda will help absorb the oil, leaving you with less oil to remove. If baking soda is not available, you can use cornstarch, baby powder or flour. Allow the baking soda to remain on the fabric for 5 minutes, then gently brush off the excess baking soda, then wash the area with warm water.
  2. Pretreat the stain by applying a generous amount of undiluted mild dishwashing liquid, since dishwashing liquid contains detergents that remove grease. Allow the dishwashing liquid to penetrate the stain for 5 to 15 minutes.
  3. Add a few squirts of dishwashing liquid to a sink of warm water, then place the fabric in the soapy water and allow to the fabric to soak from 4 hours to overnight. 
  4. Remove the fabric from the soapy water. Wash in a washing machine using heavy-duty laundry detergent and the hottest water allowed for the fabric (refer to the manufactureer's care instructions). 
  5. Hang the fabric to dry. It is often very hard to see an olive oil stain on wet fabric. As such, do not place the fabric in a clothes dryer, since if the stain is not completely removed it could then become permanent. 
  6. Once the fabric is dry, inspect it carefully for any remaining stain. If the olive oil stains remain, repeat steps 2 through 6. You may find that you need to repeat the process several times to completely remove the stain. After the stain is removed, you can wash and dry the fabric as normal. 

Removing Olive Oil Stains from Upholstery

An olive oil spill on upholstery should be quickly treated to prevent dirt from settling into the stained area. The attracted dirt may result in a harder to remove stain. Removing the stain completely can also help prevent the stain from transferring onto clothing, throws, or upholstered pillows. 

To remove those offensive olive oil stains from upholstery, you will need:

  • paper towels
  • baking soda
  • clean, white towels
  • dry cleaning solvent

Now proceed as follows:

  1. Gently place paper towels over the stained area to absorb any standing olive oil.  Apply light pressure to avoid pressing the oil deeper into the upholstery.
  2. Sprinkle baking soda over the area to absorb the excess olive oil. Leave the baking soda on for 15 minutes, and then remove it by vacuuming.
  3. Apply a generous amount of dry cleaning solvent to a clean, white towel. Gently sponge the olive oil stains with the dry cleaning solvent, then blot using a dry towel until all of the dry cleaning solvent is removed.
  4. If the olive oil stains have been removed, you are finished. Otherwise, repeat steps 2 through 4 until the olive oil stains are completely removed.

 

Removing Olive Oil Stains from Carpet

To remove those offensive olive oil stains from carpet, you will need:

  • baking soda
  • cold water 
  • clean, white towels 
  • mild dishwashing liquid

Now proceed as follows:

  1. Place paper towels over the olive oil spill to absorb any standing oil from the surface of the carpet.
  2. Dust a thick layer of baking soda over the stain, being careful not to work the baking soda into the carpet. Wait 15 minutes, and then vacuum to remove the baking soda. This will remove as much excess olive oil as possible before proceeding.
  3. Apply a thin layer of mild dishwashing liquid to the stained area, working it into the carpet with a toothbrush. Allow the dishwashing liquid to remain on the carpet for 3 or 4 minutes.
  4. Rinse the stained area with cold water, then blot the area with a clean white towel.
  5. If the stain on the carpet has been removed, you are finished. Otherwise, repeat steps 2 through 5.

Removing Olive Oil Stains from Wood Flooring

To remove those offensive olive oil stains from wood flooring, you will need:

  • paper towels
  • white vinegar

Now proceed as follows:

  1. If you have just spilled olive oil onto the wood floor, wipe it up with paper towels. Chances are that simply wiping it up will be sufficient.
  2. Clean the area you just wiped up as you normally would, adding any specialty floor cleaner that you usually use on your flooring.
  3. If the olive oil has been removed to your satisfaction you are finished. Otherwise, proceed with the step 4.
  4. Spray the olive oil stains with white vinegar, allowing the vinegar to penetrate the stains for 1 minute, then wipe the area clean.
  5. If the olive oil stains have been removed to your satisfaction you are finished. Otherwise, proceed with step 6.
  6. Repeat steps 4 through 6.

Removing olive oil stains from fabrics, upholstery, carpet, or wood flooring is not difficult if you remember to address the stain as soon as possible. The removal processes outlined above allow you to quickly address any olive oil stain, allowing you to resume your cooking or finish enjoying your meal.