How to Remove Olive Oil Stains From a Mattress

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Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels

  • Plastic utensil

  • Baking soda

  • Dry cleaning solvent

  • Clean cloth


Avoid the use of harsh chemicals and abrasives that may damage your mattress.

Do not cover or store your mattress until the area is dry to avoid mold and mildew.

Though sleeping with an open container of olive oil may have seemed like a good idea at the time, stains on the mattress can leave incriminating evidence. When olive oil has found its way into your bedroom, the stains are not only unsightly but stubborn in their resistance to removal. However, armed with the right information, you can remove olive oil stains from your mattress and leave it looking as though you had left the lid on after all!


Step 1

Blot up or scrape away as much excess oil as possible. Use paper towels for blotting and a plastic utensil for scraping.

Step 2

Sprinkle baking soda liberally over the affected area, making sure to cover the stain completely.

Step 3

Allow the baking soda to sit on the area for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 4

Vacuum up the baking soda with the brush attachment of the vacuum cleaner.


Step 5

Apply dry cleaning solvent to a clean cloth, and gently wipe the area with it.

Step 6

Blot the area with a clean dry cloth to remove the dry cleaning solvent and eliminate the stain. Continue to apply the dry cleaning solvent and blot it up until the stain is gone.



Melynda Sorrels

Melynda Sorrels spent 10 years in the military working in different capacities of the medical field, including dental assisting, health services administration, decontamination and urgent medical care. Awarded the National Guardsman’s Medal for Lifesaving efforts in 2002, Sorrels was also a nominee for a Red Cross Award and a certified EMT-B for four years.