You’ve planned a meal at home with your family and, lo and behold, an oil splash ends up on your favorite tablecloth. Let’s face it, these stains are really our nightmare as we always fear that we will never be able to remove them again and will, therefore, have to throw away our tablecloth. But this is not the case at all! In fact, know that it is possible to remove these stains by resorting to natural ingredients that you surely have in your pantry. So, let’s see how to do it!
In case of a fresh stain
Of course, oil stains are not all the same. It may happen, in fact, to notice the stain instantly and provide its removal immediately, just as it may happen to notice it much later when it is already dry by now. Of course, we would like to remind you that acting promptly almost always guarantees the total removal of the stain. Therefore, let’s first see how to intervene in case of “fresh” stains that have just formed!
The first remedy we propose is to use baking soda, a pantry ingredient that boasts multiple properties, including a strong absorbent function. All you will need to do, then, is to sprinkle the fresh stain with some baking soda until it is totally covered, leave it for a while and then proceed with the removal of the product. After that, wet the stain with a solution of water and vinegar and proceed with the ordinary washing: there will be no trace of the stain left!
As an alternative to baking soda, talcum powder can also come to your rescue! This white powder that is usually used to soothe skin irritations, in fact, proves to be very effective in absorbing grease. Not surprisingly, it is also used for dry hair washing, since it absorbs excess sebum. In this case, too, you have to proceed as seen already for baking soda, that is, you will just sprinkle the stain with talcum powder, leave it for a while and remove, then the talcum powder. At this point, first pass a little vinegar on the stain so as to rinse and proceed, then, with the common washing.
Finally, here is one last ingredient that can absorb grease: cornstarch. Again, you need to proceed as seen above with baking soda and baking powder: cover, then, the stain while still fresh with a handful of cornstarch and leave it for a few minutes so that the oil is absorbed by the powder. After that, proceed with removing the starch with a brush and rinsing and washing the tablecloth. In addition, cornstarch is also suitable for cleaning carpets!
Once you have seen how to absorb fresh stain right away, let’s see instead what to do when the stain is now dry. Of course, at that point, you might think that it is no longer possible to remove it, but know that this is not the case! Here, then, is how to proceed!
Organic soap or yellow soap
Your tablecloth have that greasy halo, we recommend that you use a product that can degrease, such as Organic soap or yellow soap, which boast cleaning and stain-removing properties. We remind you, in fact, that they are a godsend for pre-treating stains on your garments!
So, moisten the bar of soap and run it directly over the stain, trying to rub it in gently. After that, use a toothbrush to scrub further. Finally, all you have to do is rinse and proceed with the usual washing. If you want a stronger remedy, you can also use a drop of dish detergent, making sure, however, that it is always the environmentally friendly and non-polluting one.
N.B This remedy can also be applied to stains that are still fresh.
Baking soda and vinegar
Vinegar and baking soda are known precisely for their stain-removing and degreasing properties. Cover, then, the halo with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar and leave it on for about 10 minutes. After that, scrub and proceed with the common washing of the tablecloth. You can also repeat the operation several times if the stain does not seem to go away.
Finally, let’s look at one last remedy, which although not exactly natural, still has an ecological approach, so it can be used in such cases. We are talking about denatured alcohol, which has a whitening, stain-removing and cleaning function. All you need to do, then, is to pour two drops of denatured alcohol on the oil stain and let it sit for 10 minutes. After that, soak the tablecloth in a basin with water and a few flakes of organic soap for an hour-the stain will be completely gone.