Having baby oil around the house is a pretty common thing especially when you have a little one — it actually comes as a traditional gift and you can even make a homemade bubble bath with baby oil that is beneficial for your little one’s skin compared to the commercial ones which contain harsh ingredients.

If you love using baby oil for massaging your baby or for your own skin, you also need to learn how to get it out of clothing especially because it easily drips and spills. If you’ve already spilled baby oil on your clothes or your baby’s, you know how frustrating the stain removal can be — there are many moms who don’t even bother to try and give up as a lost cause.

In fact, it is true that baby oil is one tough stain to remove from clothes because of its slickness, increasing its ability to repel water and making it even harder to remove from fabrics. In addition, its stain also spreads out with even the slightest amount of rubbing.

Now, here are a couple of effective tips on how to get baby oil out of clothes and other fabrics too:

1. Get baby oil out of clothing using dish soap

First, create your baby oil stain remover recipe by mixing baby oil, laundry stain remover, and hot water. Then, use an old toothbrush to rub the mix into the stain, before rinsing the clothing with warm water. For pretreating, spray the stained area with a laundry stain remover that is baby-friendly before throwing the item into the washer.

For washing, use the hottest water setting because this helps break up the oily stain. It is important not to dry the garment until the stain is gone.

This tip can also work on old oil or chocolate stains on the fabric.

2. Remove baby oil out of clothing using baby powder

Absorbents such as baby powder work well in removing baby oil from fabric and is safe for treating stains on newborn clothes too. First, blot up excess oil using paper towels but keep in mind not to rub the cloth because the oils stain quickly spreads.

Second, sprinkle baby powder generously onto the oil stain. The powder will absorb the grease making the rest of the stain removal process easier — allow the baby powder to sit for at least 30 minutes before removing it. Then, use warm or cold water to rinse the cloth, depending on the care instructions.

It is important to read the clothing label for care instructions — if the label states “dry clean only” do not try to remove the stain and take it to a dry cleaning service directly. Another important thing to keep in mind is that delicate fabrics need handwashing, you should check the label for water temperature requirements too.

For machine washing, pretreat the cloth and use an old toothbrush to rub the stain remover recipe mentioned above. Rinse again and proceed with the washing cycle.

Check out this homemade oil stain remover video tip from Naturally Nerdful a.k.a Krys

If you ever end up having baby oil stains on your clothes or your baby’s clothes, these simple tips work excellently to save you time and keep your clothes in tip-top shape!