Vegetable oil in carpet....any suggestions?

Yukon, OK(Zone 7b)

Does anyone know who to get vegitable oil out of carpet? My lil 2 year old grandson just dumped a half a bottle on my kids carpet. Any suggestions would ve appreciated!

Pleasureville, KY(Zone 6a)

Try soaking it up with kitty litter. Leave it on for a good while, then vaccum. Then try a laundry pre-treat product. Then, regular carpet shampoo.

Yukon, OK(Zone 7b)

Thank you, I will give them this information.

Wesley Chapel, FL(Zone 9a)


I use a product called SpotShot to clean stains. It's amazing stuff - it cleaned up dried paint out of my carpet. Might be worth a try. It's available everywhere.


Baytown, TX(Zone 9b)

You could also use and iron warm with a towel under it.
I would also try some of the hand cleaners from automotive with orange oil. It cuts grease.

Someone told me simple green, but the one sold at the auto parts store is alot better than one at walmart.

Goo Gone may work.

EDITED to say try anything on a spot not noticible.

This message was edited Jan 16, 2006 1:48 AM

SW, WI(Zone 4b)


My ex DH once got motor oil on a frilly little girl baby sock....I used shampoo and it entirely removed it.

Vegas,NV Filbert, SC(Zone 7b)

Brinda, if you have a wet/dry vac, try to saturate the area with soapy water and pull it out. My nephew was helping bring groceries in my house a few years back and dropped a gallon bottle of veggie oil on my carpet. It was fairly close to an inside corner of a wall, so I pulled the carpet up and cleaned the foundation, the carpet pad and the carpet from below. I still didn't get it all out or I managed to leave some soap residue in the carpet because that was the spot that would tell me that it was time to get the carpets cleaned again. I tryed, all the different products above except the SpotShot and I still had the problem. I didn't have a carpet cleaner or a wet vac at the time either.

Best of luck to you.


Newcastle, ON(Zone 5a)

I was going to suggest hair Shampoo too.

and then rinse with some vinegar..and keep at it a few times if it all doesn't come put the first time.

Pinellas Park, FL(Zone 9b)

Dawn dish detergent

Baytown, TX(Zone 9b)

Dawn is a great product, but the only thing with the protiens in it, it will also eat any glue on the back of the carpet. I learned that when I painted ceramics. It would actually eat the glue that held in the bristles.

I guess that is glue on the back of carpet.

Did you get this oil out?


Sandy ^9^

Pinellas Park, FL(Zone 9b)

You don't want to leave it sit on it a long time. just mix with some water, scrub with a brush,
blot up with towels and then steam clean right after to remove residual.
I have cleaned paint brushes with it but I rinse well right away and dry. Don't leave them sitting in it.

Yukon, OK(Zone 7b)

Hi everyone and thanks so much for all you help!

I just realized that I never responded to anyone on here. And yes, things are much better with the carpet. They ended up using kitty litter.....probably about 5 or 6 times. They would put it down and then take it up in 3 or 4 hours.....and then put more down. It really helped soak up the oil. Then they used SpotShot on the stain. I was extremely impressed how it looked.

My DIL ran out and purchased a large rug to place over it, thinking that it would never come out. I'm guessing that is why I forgot about this thread. Now I see a beautiful rug there....and no spot! LOL You all were great! And my son really thanks you too! He was so impressed that I got answers as fast as I did! LOLOLOL Now he doesn't think I'm so 'nuts' when it comes to DG. Hahahaha...I told him that you could find out anything you needed to know here!

Thanks again!!!!

Here's a pic of the little angel that dumped all that oil! LOL

Thumbnail by Brinda
Clovis, CA(Zone 9a)

Ahhh. .how can you get mad??? He's a cutie. At least your spot was cooking oil. My grandson drug a gallon of bleach with a loose lid through the living room on a dark blue carpet. It came out looking lavender where it splashed. My DD bought a coverup rug just like you did to cover up one huge spot. Worked like a charm.

San Diego, CA

If it happens again in the future or anyone else needs to get out grease, I used Capture. I had my carpet cleaned by Stanley Steamer and they told me about it. They couldn't remove a spot of black grease and told me to try it. They sell it at Home Depot (it's in the carpeting department, not with the regular cleaning products) and other stores or you can buy it online. You just mist the area first with their prespray, then sprinkle the Capture powder down and brush it in. Wait for 30 minutes and vacuum. Everything came up and I had tried every commercial product out there.

kettering northampto, United Kingdom

i would have sprinkled it with bicarbonate of soda first to suck it up, then vacuum, then clean any residue with carpet shampoo, or soda crystal solution which shifts grease like magic, great stuff for drains too!

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