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How to Remove Motor Oil Stains

Sometimes you need a little elbow grease to get the car working properly. But when some of that motor oil ends up leaving greasy patches your t-shirt, it can be as much of a headache as fixing the car.

Tide can help you get rid of motor oil stains in a few easy steps, so you can get on the road again!

Step 1


Using a bucket, a sink or a bowl, create a soaking solution by adding 1 ounce or 1 ? ½ tablespoons of Tide Ultra Stain Release Liquid per gallon of warm water. Allow the garment to soak for up to 5 minutes, weighting the item with a white towel to keep it totally submerged.

Step 2


Use the cap to ensure you use the right amount of Tide Ultra Stain Release Liquid detergent. Just fill it with the correct dose of detergent and pour it into the detergent dispenser if you have an HE machine, or directly into the drum before loading the clothes if you have a non-HE machine.

Step 3


Without rinsing off the detergent, place the garment into the washer with other items. Leaving the detergent on the stain will give your wash that extra boost of cleaning power.

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Step 4


Wash on the usual cycle, on the hottest wash temperature indicated. Always check the instructions on the garment’s care label.

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Select the wash cycle and water temperature on your washing machine
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Step 5


When the cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

If the stain persists after washing, repeat the previous steps before tossing in the dryer, as drying will set the stain.

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