How To Remove Baby Oil Stains From Clothing

Have you ever spilled baby oil and found out just how difficult it is to remove?

Have you ever tried to just wipe it up with a rag only to find that the stain only spreads even more as you wipe?

If you have, you may want to read on and find out how to remove baby oil stains from clothing.

Baby oil stains can happen very quickly.

Baby oil has many more uses around the home, other than moisturizing babies’ skin.

We are all careful when using the stuff but somehow it always ends up dripping a couple of drops on some type of clothing. (Having three kids of my own, I have seen it happen many times.)

It’s not if we spill it, it’s when we spill it.

Many times people will not even try to remove the stain.

They will just wad the article of clothing up and throw it in the trash.

This is because baby oil, like any other type of oil, is very slick and it repels water rather than allowing it to soak in.

This is why when you try to rub it or wipe it with any kind of rag, it will oftentimes spread to twice the size of the original stain.

Also, baby oil contains mineral oil and a fragrance that some people don’t like.

For this reason, it is sometimes more difficult to remove baby oil stains in ways you would normally try.

What you can do, is to learn how to remove baby oil from clothing.

Read on to discover the two best methods to remove baby oil from clothing and everything that you’ll need to use to make it happen.

How To Remove Baby Oil From Clothing Using Dish Soap 

How To Remove Baby Oil

Some people have great success using this method. However, if this doesn’t work for you for whatever reason, try our next method below or even any other approach that you feel will work. The main goal is to remove that stain!

What You Will Need

In this section, we will go over what you need to successfully remove baby oil stains using dish soap.

You probably have these items and use them daily but if you don’t and need to go shopping, they are available at a low price.

Laundry Stain Remover

The first thing you will need is some type of stain remover that you can use to treat the area.

Make sure it is a good product with a great success rate such as Shout Spray and Wash Advanced Action Stain Remover for Clothes.

Dish Soap

Next, you’ll need the dish soap.

Make sure you use a type that is reputable and you have had success washing dishes with.

Hot Water

The hottest water you can stand is the last ingredient in this method.

I know you’ve already got this.

And this is it, all the ingredients to successfully remove baby oil stains from clothing.

You probably already have these things in your home, bringing your cost to ZERO!

Step By Step Instructions On Removing Baby Oil Stains From Clothing Using Dish Soap

Here, we go over the few steps needed to get those stubborn baby oil stains out of your clothes.

#1. Treat The Stain With Laundry Stain Removal

Make sure you spray the stain down good with your laundry stain removal product.

Just use your product recommendations on how long to let it sit, before moving to the next step.

#2. Rub Your Dish Soap Into The Stain

You can use your finger to do this or even better, use a toothbrush to get the dish soap into the stained area.

Let it sit like this for 5 minutes or so.

#3. Wash With Hot Water

Make sure that you wash using the hottest water that is allowed for the fabric.

This hot water will break up the oil in the stain.

Make sure the stain is out before putting clothes in the dryer or hanging to dry.

Pro Tip:

If you accidentally shrink the clothing, try soaking the clothing in shampoo or conditioner and warm water.

Rinse them clean, stretch out the clothes, and then allow them to air dry on some type of rack or clothesline.  

How To Remove Baby Oil Out Of Clothing Using Baby Powder

Baby powder can be an excellent absorbent and can successfully remove some of those baby oil stains if done the right way.

What You Will Need

As with the above method of removing the stain with dish soap, you probably have the items needed in your home

Paper Towels

Just make sure to use a brand that does a good job of soaking up liquids.

Baby Powder

If you have baby oil in your home you probably also have baby powder.

However, if you have run out, you can pick some up at the nearest store or order a good product online such as this baby powder option.

Dish Soap

Dawn or any other type of reputable dish soap will be fine to use.

Make sure that your soap or detergent doesn’t have any added moisturizers in it.

Step By Step Instructions For Removing Baby Oil Stains From Clothing Using Baby Powder

#1. Start the process, by soaking up any excess baby oil using your paper towels.

Remember not to wipe the oil as that will just smear it and make it larger and more difficult to remove.


After step 1 read the label for instructions. If it says dry clean only, do not attempt to remove the stain yourself.

Take it to the dry cleaners and have them remove the stain.

#2. Sprinkle the baby powder generously over the stain.

Allow the powder to sit for at least 30 minutes.

It will act as an absorbent as it sits and the oil will absorb into the powder.

This will make the rest of the process of removing the stain much easier.

#3. After letting it absorb for 30 minutes or more, scoop or brush off the powder.

#4. Look at the instructions for the specific clothing and use either warm or cool water to rinse the area.

#5. Use your dish soap or bar soap to pre-wash the stain with either an old toothbrush or your fingers.

Pro-tip: Don’t use any dish soap or bar soap that has added moisturizers.

#6. Rinse again with water and then wash the item in the washing machine with your regular laundry detergent.

#7. Allow the clothing to air dry then check to see if the stain is removed.


Now you know a couple of methods that are used to remove baby oil stains.

Using one or even both of these can save you money, time, and possibly even save an article of clothing.

Happy stain removing and Good Luck!