Olive Crazy: All About Olives and Olive Oil
Aug 052011

In my article, EVOO Hunt in Napa: St. Helena Olive Oil Company, I confessed to dribbling a lot of olive oil on myself. Since I was out of town I wasn’t too sure what to do to get the stains out and didn’t want to ruin my clothes. Of course this meant that I whittled my wearable travel wardrobe down to mismatched tops and bottoms, but I decided to just go with it rather than buy more clothes. Mr. Olive Crazy was happy about that.

Now, after being home for over a week, I finally tackled the dreaded evoo stains. I looked on the web and found some suggestions for products I could buy, but thought I’d use the items I have at hand. Here is the olive oil stain removing advice I followed. The actual advice was longer and involved another step that I didn’t use, but my stains came out. I’ve included the link so you can see the advice in it’s entirety. Oh yeah, one last thing – my stained clothes were mostly cotton with a little something synthetic thrown in.

Sandylyn on Yahoo Answers posted the following advice from “The Queen of Clean’s Complete Cleaning Guide” by Linda Cobb. Sandylyn said this is her handbook for  most of her cleaning emergencies. I don’t have a copy, but obviously should get one.

“Grease and oil must be removed thoroughly, otherwise a semitransparent stain will set and will turn dark from all the soil it attracts. To treat a grease stain, it helps to know what kind of oil. To remove a grease stain, first remove as much of the greasy substance as possible without forcing the grease farther down into the fabric fibers.

Use a paper towel to blot and absorb all the grease that you can. Next, apply a drawing agent such as baking soda, cornstarch, or talcum powder. Rub it in gently, and let it sit for 15-30 minutes to allow the agent to absorb and draw the grease out of the fabric.

Brush the powder off thoroughly and check the stain. If it looks like you can absorb more grease, repeat the process.

Then work in undiluted dishwashing liquid and work well between your thumbs. Flush with the hottest water you can for the fabric, pretreat, and launder as usual. Do not use this method on silk or crease-resistant finishes.”

May the sun shine through your branches.


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