Have you ever gotten an “oily” stain on your clothes that you just can’t get out? Well that’s what happened to my husband this past weekend while I was out of town. His favorite pair of dress pants had gotten 4 oily spots on them – that seemed to be permanent. I used my DIY stain removal bar – nope! Then my eye make-up remover – nope! Maybe soda with salt would “soak” it up I thought – nope again!
So, what did I do? That’s right, I looked on the internet and found what seemed to be a stain removal method too easy to be true. Dish Soap. That’s it. Plain old dish soap. So, what did I have to lose? I rubbed the dish soap into the oil stains and let them sit an hour like the post advised. They lessened but they did not disappear. So I went back to the post and read the comments and some dear soul had added that if you use the newer, eco-friendly plant-based dish soap it won’t work. You have to use the old-school petrochemically based dish soap (oil/petrochemical – made sense to me!). So I tried again with some old dish soap that I had on hand. Again, I rubbed it into the spots and then left it overnight this time.
The next day I washed the pants in cold water – adding a half cup of vinegar to the rinse water to cut any residual dish soap and voila – the stains were gone! Oh, I left out the most important step – I PRAYED! Yep, I sure did – I believe more and more that God is interested in ALL aspects of our lives, so I asked Him to give me wisdom and help me get that stain out of my husband’s favorite pants – and He did!