How to Remove Oil Stains

Oil stains are a common occurrence when cooking up a storm in the kitchen or simply when you’re eating a tasty dinner. A splatter out of the frying pan is all it takes to ruin your clothes – but that doesn’t have to mean that your favorite item is destined for the bin. With, Vanish Oxi Action in your cupboard, you can take the hard work out of removing persistent cooking stains made by oils, butter or fat from a range of materials.

For optimum results, we recommend pre-treating your garments first with Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Removal Gel. Then wash the item as usual with your regular detergent and add an extra measure of Vanish gel for a flawless finish.

Read on to find out advice on how to remove oil from a range of fabrics.



How to remove oil stains from clothes

To remove oil from fabrics that are machine washable, you need to tackle the stain quickly. To stop the stain from spreading through to the other side of the garment, take a clean paper towel or cloth and dab the oil stain, being careful not to spread the stain.

Pre-treating your oil stained items is important for best results. So, to effectively remove oil from clothes, you should use Vanish Gold Oxi Action Stain Removal Gel and follow these simple steps to see great results:

Step 1 – Pour 2ml of Vanish Gold Oxi Action gel onto the stain

Step 2 – Gently rub the gel into the stain using the underside of the cap to work the Vanish into the stain

Step 3 – Leave for 10 minutes (max)

Step 4 – Wash as usual with detergent and add 60ml of Vanish gel for best results  

Important: Always follow the usage instructions on the packaging.


How to remove oil stains from silk

You can get stains out of silk the same way you would with normal clothes, so treat your silk items like a regular load of washing and add Vanish Gel. Prevent the spread of the oil and dab the stain with a clean cloth and follow the instructions above.

Important: Only use Vanish gel on delicate items like silk and wool. While our stain removers work on various fabrics, to remove oil stains from leather and oil stains from suede, please seek professional advice.



Avoid water: when dealing with cooking oil stains, it can be tempting to try and tackle them with water. However, oil stains are hydrophobic which means they repel water molecules. So only add water to the stain if you are treating it immediately with Vanish.


Related articles:

If you were looking for how to remove industrial or motor oil from your garments, you can read more in our article about how to remove grease stains.


General Advice

  • Always follow washing instructions on garment or fabric care label.
  • Before use check for colour fastness by testing a hidden area of the fabric.
  • Rinse and allow to dry.
  • After washing or treating garments with Vanish Gold, dry away from sources of direct heat and direct sunlight.
  • When using Vanish to pre-treat, use lukewarm water.
  • For best results it may be necessary to repeat parts of the process.
  • Do not use on garments requiring dry cleaning.
  • Do not pour the product on any metallic parts of the garments (e.g. buttons, zips).
  • Do not expose pre-treated or soaked garments to sources of direct heat or direct sunlight before washing or rinsing thoroughly.
  • Do not leave the product to dry on garments (maximum 10 minutes contact time).