Baby oil is one of the most used products in a household raising kid(s). Therefore, it can get on clothes very often, and it can be very irritating.
Instead of throwing out baby clothes, or your clothes, continue reading to learn everything about how to get baby oil out of clothes.
8 Ways To Remove Baby Oil Stains
In this article, you will find eight of the most effective and fast methods of getting baby oil out of clothes. You can choose one depending on what you have at home at the moment and what is the material and color of your clothes.
Make sure to also follow additional advice at the end of the article.
Dish soap may be an unconventional method of getting stains out of the clothes, but keep in mind that it is a powerful degreaser, so it doesn’t really matter if stains are caused by cooking or baby oil.
In this case, you will need a few drops of dish soap (depending on the size of the stain). Follow these steps:
- Put a few drops of dish soap on the stain. Make sure to cover every part of it so you don’t miss something.
- Add a few drops of water.
- Dab on the stain using your finger or a small piece of cloth. Do this for a few minutes.
- Leave the stained piece of clothing for around half an hour so the dish soap can do its magic.
- After half an hour has passed, wash the clothes as you normally would.
Dish soap is one of the safest bets when it comes to removing baby oil stains. You should see the final result after following the previous steps only once, but in case there is still a stain there, repeat the process.
Baking soda is one of the most amazing products you can have in your home. Apart from delicious recipes you can make using it, it is a great cleaning product for almost anything that can get dirty and/or stained – including clothes.
If some of the baby oil got on a piece of clothing, you only need a few drops of water and a pinch of baking soda.
- Make a mixture of water (preferably hot) and baking soda.
- Apply it to the stained part of the clothing. Dab for a minute or two using your finger or a cloth.
- Leave it to work for around half an hour.
- Wash the clothes regularly.
- Baking soda absorbs the oil from the clothes so it is a natural degreaser. If the baby oil stain is not removed, repeat the process or combine it with another method.
Vinegar is another common ingredient that is a powerful degreaser. The steps are similar to the other methods.
- Put a few drops of vinegar to the area of clothing that is covered with baby oil.
- Blot for a minute or two.
- Leave the piece of clothing so the vinegar can absorb the oil.
- If the stain is gone, wash the clothing normally. If not, repeat the process.
- You can use any type of vinegar you have at home, but if your clothes are lighter, it’s safest to use white vinegar.
Baking Soda And Vinegar
If neither baking soda nor vinegar works separately, it’s a good idea to use them together. The combination of the two will be more powerful and therefore more effective.
- Take a pinch of baking soda and mix it with a few drops of vinegar in a bowl.
- Apply the paste to the area that is stained by baby oil.
- Leave it for around 10 – 15 minutes and wash with water.
- Put the piece of clothing in a washing machine or hand-wash it.
- Don’t leave the mixture on the clothes for more than fifteen minutes as it can cause discoloration of the fabric.
Soap For Oily Skin
Soaps that are made for oily skin are a great option for removing baby oil from clothes. They are supposed to dry out the oil, so you can be almost sure that they will work.
What’s more, they are usually not strong enough to damage the clothes, so you don’t have to worry about that either.
- Wet the stained area of clothing with a few drops of hot water.
- Take soap (or just a piece of it, if you can cut it), and dab on the stain for four to five minutes. You can also rub the stain using circle movements if it’s easier for you, just make sure not to widen the oily area.
- Leave the piece of clothing for around ten minutes. That should be enough for the oil to get dry.
- Wash like you normally would.
- If the stain is still visible, repeat the process before drying the clothing.
This is another ingredient that you may already have at your home that can help you get baby oil out of clothes really quickly. Follow the next steps to make sure you do it correctly.
- Spray hydrogen peroxide on the stained part of your piece of clothing. If your bottle doesn’t have a spray, just put a few drops on the area of clothes stained by baby oil.
- Wait for around ten minutes to allow it to get absorbed by the fabric.
- Wash the garment regularly – either in a washing machine or by hand.
- It only takes around ten minutes for the hydrogen peroxide to work and remove the stain. However, if the garment is still oily, repeat the process before drying the clothes.
Stain Removal Detergent
There are many stain removal detergents that are very effective and strong enough against baby oil stains. If you act right away, chances are that a typical stain removal detergent will get the baby oil out of clothes without even leaving a stain.
Make sure to choose one that is suitable for the material and color of the oiled piece of clothing. Follow the steps written on the bottle so you don’t damage the fabric.
In case you got baby oil on some of your or baby’s clothes, chances are that you have baby powder around your house somewhere. If you do, you already have the solution for your problem.
- After you have removed all the oil you can from the clothes, sprinkle some baby powder on the stained area.
- Leave the garment for around half an hour to an hour. The baby powder will absorb the oil and leave the clothing dry.
- Wash with soap or laundry detergent and dry thoroughly.
Additional Tips On Removing Baby Oil Stains
You learned about the ways to get baby oil out of clothes. Here are some additional tips to make the process as effective as possible.
Test Product Before Using
Before you use any of the products on the stain, try them out on a small piece of fabric that is not visible when you or your baby wears it. If you see any changes to the fabric, don’t use it on the stain.
Try another method instead. This will prevent the product from damaging or discoloring your clothes.
When some of the baby oil gets on your or baby’s clothes, it is crucial to act immediately. If you wait, the oil will be absorbed and get set, so it will be much more difficult to get it out.
If you don’t have any of the possible solutions in your home, at least soak a piece of clothing in water, and make sure it is as hot as possible.
You can keep it soaked until you can get one of the things that can help you get the oil out, like vinegar or lemon juice.
Remove Excess Oil
Before you apply any of the methods listed above, make sure to remove excess baby oil from your clothes. You can do this by taking a piece of toilet or kitchen paper, and just putting it on top of the stain.
Leave it there for two to three minutes and remove it. Do not rub or move the piece of toilet/kitchen paper while it is on top of the stained area.
If you remove excess baby oil like this, it will be much easier to save the garment from stains.
Don’t Rub The Stain
It is very important to avoid rubbing the stain. It will only spread the oil to the unaffected parts of clothing, so it can get more difficult to clean it.
Instead, blot or dab on the stain. That way you are limiting the oil only to the part where it already is.
Use Hot Water
When soaking or washing the clothes stained by oil, make sure to use the hottest water possible. Check the label and see what temperature the specific piece of clothing can tolerate without getting damaged.
Hot water is more likely to decrease the oil so it will be easier to clean the stain.
Baby oil on clothes is a common problem for people who have kids. Good thing is, you probably have one or more products that you can use right away to get the baby oil out of clothes and prevent stains from happening.
Try to act right away and your clothes will be good as new!