How to Remove Popcorn Oil

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Popcorn is a snack recognized for its convenience, nutritional value and taste. According to The Popcorn Board, American men, women and children each consume an average of 52 quarts of popcorn per year. Popcorn oil helps transfer heat consistently through popcorn kernels and adds flavor. Transferring oily popcorn or popcorn oil onto fabric can leave stains that appear dingy. The longer oil stains remain on fabric, the more difficult they are to remove. Fortunately, simple solutions can effectively remove popcorn oil from fabric.

Blot the oil spot with a paper towel. Constantly use a clean section of the paper towel to prevent reapplying oil to the fabric. Remove all oil from the fabric.

Apply detergent-based pretreatment stain remover to the remaining oil stain. Follow the manufacturer’s directions on the product’s label. Keep the stain remover on the fabric for the recommended amount of time.

Blot the stain with a soft non-dyed cloth to work the pretreatment stain remover into the fabric.

Dampen another soft non-dyed cloth with warm water. Blot the fabric with the damp cloth to rinse away the pretreatment stain remover.

Launder the fabric in a washing machine with hot water and laundry detergent. Read the care tag to ensure hot water is safe for the fabric. If hot water can damage the fabric, use warm water. Add the amount of laundry detergent to the wash recommended by the detergent manufacturer.

Allow the garment to air-dry. Repeat the process if any trace of oil remains on the fabric.