Natural Oil Stain Removal Methods

Oil stain removal requires a different method depending what kind of oil it is and where the stain is. Oil can easily mar the surfaces, furniture and clothing in your home.


For an oily stain on carpet, dab with some alcohol and a paper towel. Blot instead of rubbing. Dry cleaning solvent can be used for a tougher stain. Dampen a paper towel with the solvent and blot the stain. Start at the outside and work in to avoid spreading the stain. Let dry and inspect the stain. You can repeat the application a few times if necessary.


For a patio or other concrete floor that has an oil stain, spray with water. Sprinkle with baking soda to let it absorb some of the oil. After ten to fifteen minutes pour boiling hot water over the stained area and scrub with a firm brush. Rinse the area and let it dry. If you still have a stain you can repeat this process.

Wood Floors

If a wood floor has an oil stain it may be removed with mineral spirits. Another option is to use paint thinner but you should test this to be sure it won’t harm the floor.

Natural Stone

Granite or marble countertops give an upscale and natural look to a kitchen. One of the disadvantages of this material is that it can be stained with a number of things including oil. One solution is to apply a poultice. Make this by mixing together hydrogen peroxide with a cup of flour. Put this mixture on the stained area and let it sit overnight. Wipe off the mixture and the stain should go with it. If using these home solutions doesn’t work there are commercial products that are made specifically for an oily stain on natural stone. These are citrus-based and formulated to be safe around food preparation areas. They work on numerous materials such as slate, limestone, and tile.


Removing oil stains from clothing or upholstery can be challenging. But there are many methods to try and one is likely to be successful in getting out the stain. When the stain first appears blot it carefully with a clean cloth or paper towel. Blot only, as rubbing will spread the stain. For clothing take white chalk and rub it into stain before laundering. This is a great tip for teachers and students who may be away from home when they notice an oily stain. At home you can put a paste of baking soda and water mixed together in equal parts. Cornstarch is also a good absorbent. After the fabric is pretreated then soak it in washing powder meant to soften the water. If you want to presoak in the washing machine add a couple of tablespoons of baking soda to the washing machine along with the regular detergent. Rubbing alcohol dabbed on the stain may help to release a tough stain. Another pretreatment option is dishwashing liquid made especially for breaking up grease. It can be put on the stain full strength. Be sure not to set the stain by drying it with a hair dryer or washing it and drying it in your dryer. This can mean that the stain will not be able to be removed at all.

Knowing how to remove natural oil stains from your home, clothing and household items will extend the life of those things and give you a sense of satisfaction to boot.