How to Make Your Own Easy and Versatile Oil Stain Cleaner

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by Hometalk Highlights

Alright, let’s talk about that moment when you discover a grease stain on your couch or carpet—cue the frustration, right? But don’t stress. I’ve got a great versatile oil stain cleaner using rubbing alcohol and salt.

Rubbing alcohol's degreasing properties break down oil stains, while salt adds a scrubbing effect, making the combination effective in lifting and removing grease from carpets, upholstery, and even grimey marks on your stove.

Let me show you how to use this concoction.

Oil stain cleaner

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Combining rubbing alcohol and salt to create a potent oil stain cleaner

1. Mix Your Cleaning Combo

Begin by mixing four parts rubbing alcohol with one part salt.

Applying the alcohol and salt mix to the grease stain

2. Apply to the Stain

Gently apply the prepared mixture to the grease stain. Here I used it on marks on my sofa cushion.

Rub the mixture into the stain

3. Scrub Away the Stain

Rub the stained area vigorously until you notice the grease coming away.

Once the grease has been successfully eliminated, wait for the solution to dry, and then use a vacuum to clean up any remaining salt.

Wipe the area with a damp cloth

4. Wipe Away Any Residue

In case there's any residue left behind, take a moist cloth and gently wipe the area.

Stain removal using common household items

And we’re done. The marks should be eliminated or significantly lightened. This will depend on how old the stain is.

Greasy mark on carpet

I had enough mixture left over to clean a mark on a rug. Here you can see the fresh grease mark.

Carpet cleaning hack

After a scrub with the oil stain cleaner, it was completely gone.

Rubbing alcohol and salt cleaning hack

There was still a bit more mixture, so I thought I would show you the versatility of this natural cleaning agent.

How to remove grease stains

I used it to freshen up my gas hob burners. The dirt peeled away and I was left with a sparkling stovetop.

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DIY natural cleaning

Say Goodbye to Grease Stains

And there you have it – a no-nonsense way to kick grease stains to the curb.

From upholstery and rugs to stovetops and even bathroom surfaces, this dynamic duo effortlessly cleans and sanitizes.

I would love to hear if you have any DIY cleaning recipes. Let me know in the comments below.

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