How to Remove Oil Stains From Pillows

It is a disappointment when makeup or other oily stains mar your favorite pillow or pillow covering. If the pillow is one of a set it can be expensive and difficult to replace. Treat oil stains as soon as you discover them and you may be able to save both money and time.

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Don't let a stain ruin your favorite pillow.

Step 1

Remove the covering from the pillow if possible. Treat both items if needed.

Step 2

Blot the stain with paper towels. Press paper towels against the oil stain until oil no longer appears on the towel.

Step 3

Soak the pillow or covering in cool water for 30 minutes.

Step 4

Wring out any excess water and work a drop or two of shampoo or dish washing detergent directly into the oil stain. These products are specifically formulated to remove oil and grease. Use a soft brush, such as a toothbrush, to gently scrub the detergent into the stain. Let the detergent set for 15 to 30 minutes. Or, treat the stain with a laundry stain remover specifically formulated for removing oily stains according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 5

Wash the pillow in the warmest water that is safe for the fabric type.

Step 6

Air-dry the pillow and check the stain after it is dry. If the stain is still evident, lightly sponge the stain with a commercial grease solvent. Let the pillow air outside until the odor of the solvent has dissipated and wash it again.