Oil-based stains can be alarming when they strike; however, the goopy residue that is left by petroleum jelly, Vaseline, and the like can be removed without a trace.

Apply product: Our Wash & Stain Bar is ideal for removing oil-based stains.

Work the stain: Create a lather using the soap and gently work it into the material. Make sure to use hot water. If any oil or residue is still left behind, don’t give up! Apply Stain Solution directly to the affected area and work the stain.

Pour water on the stain: For added cleaning power, put the affected area under the faucet and let the pressure of the hot water help work the stain.

Soak up to 30 minutes: Soak the item in a basin filled with hot water and 1 capful of All-Purpose Bleach Alternative.

Reapply or repeat as needed: If the stain is not completely gone, repeat this process until satisfied.

Remove odors: Stains and odor often go hand in hand. Soak the item in a basin of hot water mixed with ¼ cup of Scented Vinegar.. Launder the item: Wash according to our instructions.


Our recommended stain and odor removal methods are solely intended for use with The Laundress products. Our products are safe for colors, darks, and whites. We cannot guarantee the safety or success of products from other brands.

We don’t recommend using chlorine bleach on stains or odors, ever.

Remove all stains before putting items in the dryer.

Do not iron stained items.