How To Get Coconut Oil Out Of Clothes: Quick And Easy

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I’m a big fan of coconut oil – it has so many great, natural uses. However, the more you use coconut oil, the more likely it’s going to end up on your clothes. It’s definitely happened to me more than once!

The first time I panicked. I’ve had oil stains in my clothes before that I had not been able to get out and I didn’t want my coconut oil stain to become one of them. It’s easy to stress out if it’s your favorite piece of clothing, but thankfully there is zero reason to stress. I experimented and found out that the answer to how to remove coconut oil from clothes is quite easy.

So don’t stress, we are going to get that coconut oil out of your clothes!

Keep reading for exact details whether you want a paid or DIY answer to how to get coconut oil out of clothes.

Note that the instructions below work not just for clothes but are the solution to how to get coconut oil out of fabric whether its clothes, sheets or other types of fabric. However, they are general answers and you should always refer to care instructions for your particular garment.

Exactly How To Get Coconut Oil Out Of Clothes


Does Coconut Oil Stain Clothes?

But first, will coconut oil stain clothes? The answer, unfortunately, is yes. If you can act super fast doing everything recommended below then you can avoid this and you also can fix any problems you do encounter.

If you are wondering does coconut oil deodorant stain clothes, yes it can in much the same way depending on what concentration of coconut oil is in you deodorant.

Coconut oil is obviously made from coconuts which have a high amount of saturated fats. For this reason, so does coconut oil. It’s the fats in the oil which causes problems. This isn’t just for clothing but any fabric like sheets, curtains, carpet and more.

coconut oil
Coconut oil

While coconut oil is quite thick, it can absorb into clothes or other fabric and this is what can cause stains. Coconut oil stains look like darkened spots and don’t shift with washing. This is because coconut oil is not soluble in water so water will not help.

In fact, if you are asking does coconut oil stain your clothes, you no doubt have already got coconut oil on your clothes. In this case, don’t wash your clothes! It can make it harder to get out although I also have information below about how to remove old coconut oil stains from clothes.

The good news is that fresh stains can shift quite easily with baking soda, detergent and hot water. Below, I step you through while fixing a stain of my own.

Let’s get started.

How To Get Coconut Oil Out Of Clothes

coconut oil stain in clothes
Oops my last coconut oil stain

The secret to quick and easy coconut stain removal is to act as soon as possible after getting coconut oil on your clothes or other materials. While there are definitely answers to how do you get coconut oil out of clothes that you’ve already washed or you haven’t acted on fast (see below), the quicker you act, the easiest it is.

Step 1: Don’t Panic

Take a deep breath, think “oops” and don’t stress. Take off the clothing item or get the fabric ready to de-stain!

Step 2: Get Out The Oil Stain Remover OR Use The DIY Baking Soda Method

There are two choices here.

Using Oil Stain Remover

If you are already have some oil stain remover, get it out! Follow the directions that come with it and, hopefully, your oil stain is no more.

I have used Carbona Stain Devil for cooking oil and fats. If you have this, you simply have to squirt some on to the stain. Easy.

If you chose this method, skip to step 3 below!

DIY Detergent Method

Paper towel and baking soda
Paper towel and baking soda can achieve a lot

For this method, you need:

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Baking soda (can also be substituted with arrowroot powder or cornstarch)
  • Plain white towel or paper towel

If you don’t have baking soda or any of the substitutes, you can try just using dishwashing liquid. In this case, squirt some liquid on the stain in a thin layer, leave it to absorb into the fabric and then wash on a high setting. This can work nicely but isn’t as effective as the following method.

Part 1: Put a piece of cardboard between the layers of fabric if necessary

The first time I went through this process to remove a coconut oil stain, I made a classic mistake.

It was on a t shirt and I didn’t put anything between the back and the front of the t shirt – so the coconut oil ended up being a stain on both sides of the t shirt!

Make sure you put a piece of cardboard between the layers of your clothing item if it’s not easy to access the stain without anything behind it.

Part 2: Blot the Stain

Blotting the coconut oil stain
Blotting the coconut oil stain

Use a white towel or paper towel to blot the stain. A colored towel isn’t recommended as the color may shift into the stain making your problems worse.

Simply dab the towel into the stain and absorb what coconut oil you can.

Do this until you have blotted all parts of the stain.

Part 3: Add baking soda

Placing baking soda on the stain
Placing baking soda on the stain

Put the clothing item on a flat surface and add plenty of baking soda on top of it. Don’t be tight here, add plenty! The stain should be completely covered and you should rub in the powder.

The powder should start to turn brown as it soaks up the oil. If this happens quickly, you need to add more powder. The quicker this happens, the more oil that is in the stain. Keep adding more powder until this color change slows down.

You can then let it sit. Approximately 15-30 minutes all up should do it. If the baking soda starts to clump, remove it.

For bad stains, you may need to keep adding baking powder or do this process again.

You should remove the baking soda if it starts to clump.

Part 4: Scrape off the baking soda

Scraping off the baking soda with cardboard
Scraping off the baking soda with cardboard (I used part of a cereal box)

Simply scrape all baking soda off the surface with a piece of cardboard or credit card.

Part 5: Add some dishwashing liquid

Adding detergent to coconut oil stain
Adding detergent

Add a small amount to the stain and rub it in.

Step 3: Wash With Hot Water

Finally, wash the garment in your washing machine on the hottest possible setting. Hot water will help shift the coconut oil.

Note the instructions above are generic. It’s a good idea to check the washing instructions for your particular garment to ensure you don’t do anything to harm it.

Step 4: Dry As Usual

And that’s it! Simply dry your item as usual. The stain should be gone.

How To Get Coconut Oil Out Of Clothes After Washing

Sometimes, you may not notice your coconut oil stain until after the clothes have had a wash or two. Unfortunately, washing the coconut oil helps set the stain rather than helps remove it unless you have followed the process above.

If you notice a stain, you may be wondering how do I get coconut oil out of my clothes when the stain is old? Is it possible?

Yes, it is. But it is harder and it’s too late for the process above.

Thankfully, however, there is another process you can follow. Below, I walk you through how to remove coconut oil stains from clothes.

Step 1: Use Stain Remover

Stain remover on the coconut oil stain
Using stain remover

At this point, it’s time to bring in the stain remover. Ideally, a specialized cooking oil remover is the way to go. These expertly remove any oil stains that have absorbed into cloth.

Carbona Stain Devil for cooking oil and fats is the perfect way to go. You can find it on Amazon here.

Follow the exact directions on the stain remover. Some may require you to just spray and then leave for a certain number of minutes. Others may require you to add water. Just do whatever it instructs and try to keep the stain remover only on the oil stain.

Step 2: Wash The Item

Wash your clothing item as normal.

Step 3: Dry The Item

Dry as usual.

Delicate Fabrics

As I stated above, when it comes to how to get coconut oil stains out of clothes, the above are generic instructions and you should always check the care instructions for individual garments to check you won’t damage them.


Silk or luxury fabrics may not work well with baking soda. Substituting baking soda with baby powder in the instructions above and carefully rubbing with a finger can be a better way to go.

Dark, Colored and Polyester Fabrics

Dark and colored fabrics may struggle with a hot water wash which can fade the fabric. So can baking soda. Hot water is also not recommended for polyester.

For all these cases, wash in cold water and for dark and colored fabrics, you can switch baking soda with cornstarch.

Air dry to prevent the stains setting (which can happen in the dryer) and consider doing the same process again for a round two if the stain is bad.

How To Get Coconut Oil Out Of Sheets

There is no difference in how to get coconut oil out of clothes than sheets. Simply follow the process above depending on the fabric type. If the sheets are made of silk, make sure you follow the silk clothing instructions above.

How To Get Coconut Oil Out Of Fabric Sofa

If it’s stressful getting coconut oil on clothes, this is even worse with a sofa. However, it doesn’t have to be.

The faster you can act on the stain, the easier it will be to get rid of it. If the sofa stain is on a removable cover, check if you can wash it. If you can, you can follow the processes described above. You may also be able to take it to a professional cleaner.

The process to follow is similar to the DIY baking soda method above.

Follow part 1 and 2 where you blot the stain and then add baking soda. If there are any solid bits of coconut oil, make sure you remove them.

Once the baking soda is ready to be removed, use a vacuum cleaner to suck it up.

You can then add a small amount of dishwashing liquid above which I recommend rubbing in with a clean cloth. Then keep rubbing this until the stain is gone.

Next step is to wash the detergent out with cold water and then to keep blotting the area with a dry cloth or paper towel until you remove all water. It’s important to ensure you do get rid of all water or you risk leaving a watermark.


While it may be scary when you first notice a coconut oil stain, there is no reason to stress. Getting rid of a coconut oil stain is usually straight forward. Just follow the process above.

Read more articles about useful coconut oil and more here. You can also read how to get rid of head lice using coconut oil here.

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