What is the best stain remover for motor oil?

@lynnchua (3416)
Singapore
January 30, 2009 3:08am CST
I got this motor oil stain on my shirt accidentally, and can't remove it by just washing with washing powder. What is the best stain remover for it??
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
30 Jan 09
Two things I use on stains and oil stains. One is Oops or Goof Off. The other is dishwasher soap. Yep, the stuff you use in your dishwasher. It's a trick I learned from a caterer a few years ago. It works on all kinds of stains, including blood. It doesn't have to be an expensive brand, but for some reason the chemical combination in the stuff really works, yet it doesn't hurt most colored clothing. You should soak the shirt in the sink in warm water with about a half a cup of the dishwasher soap. I haven't tried it on motor oil stains that have been dried in a dryer, but I would think that it might work. It's worth a try.
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• United States
30 Jan 09
As an old hand at the "Febreeze and its practically new again" kind of college laundry expert, Dishwasher Soap has saved many a shirt for me for errant ketchup or pizza sauce stains. But, being a bit of a grease monkey, I have to stand behind Lestoil for motor oil.
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@Loverbear (4928)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I just finished saving a friends sheet from set in blood stains from her husband by using dishwasher soap. My friend had washed it hot water and bleached it and the stains had set in. I couldn't believe it when I got it out of the washer and the stains were gone. I have even used it on stains that have been set into my work shirts for months, and they came out clean. I have used it too on motor oil stains, although it isn't on clothing. I will try the lestoil that you recommend. Providing I can find it in my area, we can't seem to find stuff that isn't the norm. I worked in a dry cleaner/laundry for many years and learned a lot about stain removal. Although it has changed with the changing of the kind of products that are used in the dry cleaners. If I still worked in the dry cleaning industry I could recommend more stuff that you can use for removing stains. Thank you for the hint about the lestoil, as I said I will try it.
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@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
31 Jan 09
Thanx and I will try that out too.
@Esbatty (58)
• United States
30 Jan 09
I'd recommend using Lestoil as a great stain remover for motor oil blotches. Just lay the piece of clothing down on a sturdy surface, literally drench the stain with a good amount of Lestoil, and then simply lightly scrub the stain. Over time, and with a little patience, the stain will begin to lift off the material. If its a really stubborn blotch add more Lestoil and just let it soak for about 12 to 24 hours before attempting to scrub it once again. Hope that helps
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
31 Jan 09
Thanx for that, but I have another question. Will the color of the cloth fade if I use Lestoil??
• United States
31 Jan 09
Lestoil is petroleum based so usually you have to give it a wash afterwards to remove any smells from the product itself, but no it doesn't contain any bleach to remove the colors of the material, but if you scrub too hard it might wear the material thin. Thats why I suggest just light scrubbing. Trust me this stuff is spectacular for stains like tar and motor oil and machine grease.
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@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
30 Jan 09
Just wash it with Petrol first then wash it normally
@lynnchua (3416)
• Singapore
31 Jan 09
Will it smell if I wash it with petrol??
@cupid74 (11394)
• Pakistan
31 Jan 09
Yeah it will smell thats why i am saying just wash the Stain part with Petrol, remove the stain and after that when its dry Wash it with some nice and good smell soap or detergent Take care