How to Remove Stains with Coconut Oil

Coconut oil is becoming well-known as a heart healthy source of fat. If people aren't cooking with it, they are using it to moisturize their skin and hair. But there's yet another use for that greasy, white tub of coconut oil in your cupboard: You can use it to clean up stains. Coconut oil makes a frequent appearance on the ingredient list of environmentally friendly stain removers targeted specifically for greasy, waxy or fat-based stains. You can make a stain lifter at home by using coconut oil and few other typical household ingredients.

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Step 1

Mix one part coconut oil to eight parts of the dry cleaning solvent in a cup to create the dry spotter solution.

Step 2

Wash the stain using a sponge saturated with the dry cleaning solvent.

Step 3

Wet the stain using the dry spotter solution.

Step 4

Blot the stain with the absorbent pad. Saturate the stain again with the dry spotter solution. Rinse with the dry cleaning solvent. Repeat this step until the absorbent pad no longer picks up the stain.

Step 5

Using a medicine dropper, add several drops of detergent and a few drops of ammonia to the stain. Repeat until no more stain is being removed.

Step 6

Rinse well with water.

Step 7

Apply bleach with the second medicine dropper. Wait no more than two minutes before rinsing well with water. Repeat this step until the stain is gone.

T.R. Miller

After graduating in 1999 from the University of Kansas with a degree in journalism, T.R. Miller began her journalism career. Her work has been published in the "Vail Daily," the "Vail Trail" and the "Santa Maria Times." She has won numerous journalism awards, including second place from the Colorado Press Association in 2006 for a piece about launching a community radio station.