UH-OH: How To Safely Remove Oil Perfume From Clothing
Written By: MOODEAUX
So, you had a *little* mishap and accidentally spritz/spilled oil perfume on your clothes. It's happened to the best of us (raises hand). Although a sucky situation, rest assured there's steps to banish tricky stains for good — plus ways to help prevent them in the future.
Step 1: Act Quickly
Time is of the essence! As with any stain, the sooner you treat it, the better the chance of removing it completely.
Step 2: Blot, Don't Rub
Next, grab a clean paper towel or non-colored cloth to blot away as much of the excess oil perfume as possible. Be gentle and avoid rubbing, as this can spread the stain and make it harder to get out.
Step 3: Apply An Absorbent
If you have some handy, sprinkle an absorbent substance (like cornstarch, talcum powder, or baking soda) onto the stain. Allow it to sit and work its magic for a few minutes, then gently scrape it off. This should lift some of the oil perfume with it, especially if the stain is pretty large.
Step 4: Pre-Treat The Stain
After that, apply a small amount of a stain remover or pre-treatment solution directly onto the stained area. IMPORTANT: Double, triple-check the care label on your clothing and the remover/treatment itself to ensure it's is safe for the fabric.
Step 5: Throw It In the Wash
Launder the clothing item as usual, following the care instructions on the label. This includes taking it to be professionally dry cleaned if necessary!
Step 6: Check Before Drying
Before putting the clothing item in the dryer, make sure the stain is completely gone. Drying the garment can set the stain, making it even more difficult to remove later. IMPORTANT: Even worse, fabrics saturated in oil perfume (and oil in general) can spontaneously combust in your dryer, even after they've been washed. So, use caution and consult your dryer manufacturer's guidelines for drying items exposed to oils.
Step 7: Repeat 2-7 If Necessary
If the stain persists after the first wash, you may need to repeat the process or consider using a different stain removal method. Again, you also might want to take the clothing item to a professional cleaner, especially for delicate or special fabrics.