My husband is a mechanical engineer and he’s working with all sort of chemical substances and oils. The result? A lot of stains, and I’m sure that you don’t really know what a lot means! His overalls are a real mess and his clothes make no exception.

And the hardest stains to remove are oil stains! They get impregnated deep in the fabric and, most of the times the only solution to remove those oil stains is with the scissors.

Anyhow, after trying all sorts of stain removal methods, the next one does real wonders for oil-based stains. Sometimes I have to repeat the process, because there are some stubborn stains that won’t come out (must be because of the oil composition), but, generally, they are removed after the first use.

You need:

– baking soda
– Castile soap
– water
– oxygen active bleach (color safe)
– old toothbrush

How to:

Well, first of all place the stained garment on a flat surface and apply several drops of Castile soap over the stain. Take an old damp toothbrush, and gently rub the stained area.

Now, sprinkle baking soda over the stain and start brushing again the entire stained area. You may add more baking soda over the stain until it will form a paste-based cover over the stain.

Leave the paste to act for 1 hour, and then you can remove the baking soda completely.

The next step is to soak the garment in warm water in which you’ve poured half a scoop of oxygen active. Let it soak for another hour, and then put the stained clothing item in the washer and start a normal washing cycle.

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