If you are a coconut oil fanatic and use it for practically anything and everything, then there is a strong likelihood that you will spill some on your clothing, the carpet, or possibly even your favorite microfiber chair!
Aaack! A coconut oil stain! What should you do?
When it comes to coconut oil, it is pretty easy to avoid a permanent oily mark. The quicker you can deal with it the better but typically, you can even get older stains out if you do it right!
For new spills
- Blot the excess coconut oil out with towels. Use plain, white towels, as coconut oil can remove dyes from towels or paper towels if the dyes are of a poor quality and not set into the fabric of paper correctly.
- Apply baking soda, arrowroot powder, or cornstartch to the stain. Sprinkle it generously over the stain. No – sprinkle more. More I said!
- Let the baking soda/arrowroot powder/cornstarch sit on the stain for a good 10 minutes. It should turn light brown as it soaks up the oil.
- If you are dealing with a really deep spill or bad stain you may need to add more baking soda/arrowroot powder/cornstarch. If the stain/oil spot turns brown within a couple of minutes, add more baking soda/arrowroot powder/cornstarch. Repeat until it takes almost 10 minutes to turn brown.
- Scrape the baking soda/arrowroot powder/cornstarch off with something like a credit card or a thin but sturdy piece of cardboard.
- Wash the clothing in the clothes washer on the hottest possible setting. Hot water helps to “melt” the oil. If you have Oxygen Bleach (like this one from my affiliate partner Tropical Traditions) then you will want to add that to the load.
- Dry as normal. The stain should be gone!
For stains on carpet or upholstery or even wood floors, vacuum up the excess baking soda/arrowroot powder/cornstarch and use a towel soaked in warm water to wipe up the area that was soiled. Allow to air dry.
Now what should you do if you discover an “old” coconut oil stain?
Well – it isn't 100% guaranteed but I have had luck with this method which is suitable for stains on clothing, carpets, and upholstery.
- Add 6 ounces of Oxygen Bleach powder to 1 gallon of hot water.
- Stir until completely dissolved.
- Place stained clothing in the bucket of solution and completely immerse it.
- Allow it to soak for two hours.
- After soaking, the stain should be gone. Follow by washing the clothing in the clothes washer on the hottest possible setting.
- To adapt this to use on stains on carpet and upholstery, simply mix the solution and soak the stained area with it. After an hour, rub vigorously and the coconut oil stain should be gone.
- Allow to air dry!