How to Remove Motor Oil From a Canvas Shoe

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Things You'll Need

  • 2 tbsp. baking soda

  • 1/2 tsp. vinegar

  • 1 tbsp. powdered detergent

  • Small cup

  • 1 cup warm water

  • Old toothbrush (no longer used)

  • Wash cloth or towel

White canvas shoes

Nothing could be worse than getting a big motor oil stain on your favorite pair of tennis shoes. The thick, black goo can stain just about any type of clothing, but when it gets on your best or brand new pair of white canvas tennis shoes, it is especially stubborn. But, motor oil does not have to win. It can be defeated and the stains can be removed.


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Step 1

Mix the baking soda, vinegar and detergent together in the small cup to make a paste.

Step 2

Spread the baking soda paste on the stained area(s) of the shoe and let it set for at least two hours. The longer you allow the paste to set on the stain, the more the stain will be broken down and the easier it will be to clean.

Step 3

Scrub the stained area(s) vigorously with the old toothbrush. The stain should be visibly diminished and scrubbing should remove it completely.


Step 4

Rinse the stained area(s) with the warm water.

Step 5

Dry the shoe with the washcloth or towel.



Jeremy Cato

Jeremy Cato is a writer from Atlanta who graduated with Phi Beta Kappa honors and an English degree from Morehouse College. An avid artist and hobbyist, he began professionally writing in 2011, specializing in crafts-related articles for various websites.