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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 19th January 2010, 9:57 pm

I spilt a bottle of my Innocent Oils facial oil on my favourite jeans on Sunday. My fault, hadn't put the lid back on properly. Anyway, I put them in the washing machine on a normal 40degree wash with soap nuts but there's still a stain.
Any advice on how to get rid of it, please??
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Post by polgara on 19th January 2010, 10:11 pm

Try making a sandwhich with brown paper or kitchen roll & ironing the trousers, may at least get some of it off.
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Post by Sparhawk on 19th January 2010, 10:18 pm

Rubbing with shampoo may work as it does take natural oils out of hair...

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Post by Guest on 19th January 2010, 10:50 pm

A hotter wash - at least 60 degrees.

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Post by Compostwoman on 19th January 2010, 11:43 pm

Essential oil, such as eucalyptus or even lavender....leave to soak in then wash on a hot wash ( as hot as material can stand...) worked for grease stains on silk!! and also cotton-y things....

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 20th January 2010, 7:25 am

Thank you folks, will give all these methods a go Very Happy

CW, the oil is hemp oil with essential oils so will adding more essential oil work?? Confused by that one, but still willing to give it a go :scratch: It's quite a big mark on the jeans so don't want to go pouring a whole bottle of lavender oil on them.
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Post by Luath on 20th January 2010, 7:34 am

Ecover stain remove might be worth a try - I use it on occasion and find it very good for most things - has renmoved cooking oil from clothes for me, using a hot wash. Plsatic bottle, though........as
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Post by polgara on 20th January 2010, 8:20 am

My book says talc or cornflour, but I suspect you should do that before washing. Hot water comes into it as well.
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Post by Compostwoman on 20th January 2010, 8:31 am

AJB, I can only tell you, I have used it for base oil stains as well as food grease stains, so it does work...base oils ( hemp) are oil..but essential oils, on the whole are actually not oily.....

it wouldn't hurt to try other methods first and then use essential oil on any remaining stain, if you want...I have even got out "old" stains by this method...

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 20th January 2010, 11:43 am

Thanks for the explanation, CW.

I reckon I should have asked first before shoving them in the washing machine but, hey ho :geek:
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Post by Compostwoman on 20th January 2010, 12:22 pm

I have always thought essential oils is a misnomer, as one of the properties of EO's is they don't leave an oily residue on paper ( except for the resins, that is...which leave a colour...)

Anyway, any non resinous EO ( so lav, tea tree etc...would work..be aware a citrus EO may aslo take out dye, though.....

Good luck and let us know how it works?


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Post by Mike on 20th January 2010, 2:13 pm

To remove oils/greases use a base. A relatively weak base such as baking soda will not destroy jeans.

1) Mix a quantity of baking soda with water to form a soupy paste.
2) Rub in well that area of the jeans that have soaked up oil.
3) Let sit for a while, a day or two perhaps. Should be where the paste will remain moist (say in a closed bucket so that any water that evaporates can't escape and the relative humity inside will reach 100% preventing further evaporation).
4) Wash out paste (can be a hand wash in cold water). Then put through a wash.
5) Oil not all gone? Repeat. Where really bad may take several cycles.

During the wait time a chemical reaction will have taken place between the oil molecules and the baking soda ions resulting in "saponified" molecules one end of which is wettable -- the reason water won't wash away most oil is that the water molecules (very "polar") don't like being near the oil molecules ("non polar") -- the oil isn't "wettable".

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Post by AngelinaJellyBeana on 22nd January 2010, 5:15 pm

Hurrah :cheers:
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I used the Ecover stain remover and got some Ecover washing tablets too. Tried with just the stain remover and a hot soap nut wash but that didn't quite do the trick so resorted to washing tablets as well and some lavender oil in the rinse

Hopefully the same combination will work on the muddy paw prints on my pink sofa covers Rolling Eyes
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