A Step-By-Step Guide On How To Clean Spilled Olive Oil

Almost all dishes taste much better with some olive oil in the recipe, right? But when it ends up anywhere but in your food, it can be a pretty greasy and slippery texture! So, were you preparing food with oil and accidentally spilled it on your floor, countertop or clothes? Don’t worry; we are here to help and show you how to clean spilled oil from every possible surface!

chef pouring olive oil in to the pan

Cleaning up any spill in the house is a mess no one particularly wants to deal with. And while some spills are easy to clean, like water or tea stains, oil is not one of them! If you’ve spilled it in your kitchen, you already know how tough it can be to clean up if you follow the same way you would for any other liquid. Oil tends to leave a slick, sticky residue behind, and you want to remove it as quickly as possible! Removing the spill or stain can be done with a few inexpensive household items. Follow the easy DIY cleaning progress for each surface the oil has landed on and make your surfaces look like nothing happened to them!

Safety first 

The first thing to think about before you proceed to the cleaning process is ‘’Where did the oil come from?’’ The answers to this can be various, each one having its own safety measures. 

Did you drop off the oil while transferring a pot or a fryer from one place to another? Or did it fall in the form of droplets from a skimmer or cooking spoon? Either way, the oil was probably hot. In this case, you should delay the cleaning until it cools down. Cleaning with hot oil is dangerous and also ineffective

Did your oil leak because you dropped a glass bottle? Then you might have broken glass all over your floor. For a safe and effective cleaning process, you must first remove the glass. Pick up the large pieces wearing thick shoes, garden gloves, and using some tongs or a dustpan. For any leftover shards, you should dampen a kitchen towel and carefully press it down. Any piece of glass that comes in contact with it will immediately stick onto its surface. Then wrap the glass in a newspaper and dispose of it. 

oil salad dressing spilled on table

How to clean cooking oil spills off of countertops and floor

Did your oil bottle drop, or you accidentally spilled some drops? After you follow the safety precautions, here are the steps you should follow in cleaning the area.

Step 1

Cover the stained area with an absorbent material. You may use salt, kitty litter, sand, corn starch, or oatmeal as porous material. Pour your material over the entirety of the spill and allow it to sit on the spill for about 15 minutes. Before applying the absorbent material, you can blot up some of the spills with paper towels

Step 2

Scoop up the material using kitchen towels or a spatula until the oil is gone. Don’t use a vacuum cleaner or mop at this point. 

Step 3

Wipe up the leftover oil residue using paper towels or slices of bread. Don’t worry if the floor is still a bit sticky when you’ve removed most of the residue.

Step 4

Mop up your floor using a grease-fighting dish detergent. Combine your detergent with water and go over the area where the spill was until your floor is clean. You’re done! Below you can find more detailed instructions about cleaning oil spills on specific surfaces, clothes and carpets, so keep reading!

How to get olive oil spills out of clothes 

Oh no! Have you spilled oil on your favourite shirt? Don’t worry; everything’s going to be okay. Olive oil stain removal from clothes is a small but vicious issue you can easily combat. All you’ll need is to dab the stain with a dry kitchen towel to absorb the oil, rub some baking soda to brush off the stain and then rub liquid dish soap on it. Let it sit for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly with hot water

Tip: Don’t put the stained clothing in your washing machine or dryer. If the stain isn’t gone all the way out, the dryer’s heat will set it into place. It’s best to stick to air drying

close up dirty stain of black olives on clothes

Removing oil spills on concrete

Did you spill oil on your concrete patio or driveway? Here’s how to get rid of it!

Step 1

Sprinkle baby or talcum powder over the spill. If the spill is large, use cat litter. Spread it over the spill with a broom and allow it to sit overnight.

As an alternative, use a concrete cleaner or strong degreaser. Alkaline cleaners are beneficial for cleaning up oil spills.

Step 2

After you have the powder sit overnight, sweep up the residue using a broom. Most of the oil will be absorbed in this point. To blot up any remaining residue, use kitchen towels.

Step 3

Wash with a grease-fighting dish or laundry detergent. Combine your detergent with water. If any residue remains, you can let the detergent sit on the spill for about an hour. Then wash the area with a mop or a cleaning brush.

Step 4

Rinse off the detergent and remaining oil with water. Repeat steps if any oil remains!

How to get spilled oil out of carpet

Do you have a carpet on your kitchen floor, and you’ve spilled oil on it? Don’t worry! Although removing all kinds of stains from the carpet is not so easy, you can get your flooring back to normal by following the steps below. There are various approaches to do so, so choose the one that works better for you.

Step 1

Use bicarb, cornstarch, or baby powder to absorb the oil. Work the powder into your carpet using a toothbrush or utility brush. 

Step 2

Let the product sit for 15 minutes and vacuum it up afterwards. 

Step 3

Follow with a dry cleaning solvent to spruce it up.

Step 4

If this doesn’t work for you, you can use rubbing alcohol on the stain. This will act as a solvent. All you need to do is press the alcohol into the affected area and let it set. Then, use a fan to dry the area and rinse with water. We don’t recommend using chemical deodorisers as they add moisture to the area, making the stain worse.

Woman cleaning carpet wearing yellow cleaning glove

How to get oil off of floor tiles

Were you preparing food with oil and ended up with some of the oil on your floor and tile grout? Either you have a few drops or a large olive oil spill, you should remove the oil as quickly as possible. It can be done with a few inexpensive household items, and we will show you how.

Step 1

Absorb the spilled oil from your floor or countertop using paper towels, dish towels or even a white cloth that you use for cleaning. Also, clean any dust from your surface.

Step 2

  • If you’ve spilled oil on your linoleum floor, use dish soap, baking soda, warm water and a scrubbing brush to lift the stain from the affected area
  • Wipe down your vinyl flooring with water before you treat it with vinyl floor cleaner.
  • To remove oil stains from ceramic tiles, you should mix white vinegar and hot water in a bucket. Then gently buff the surface using a rag or chamois mop.
  • To get oil stains out of slate, make a mix of lukewarm water and dish soap into a bucket. Wet a nonabrasive household sponge in the soapy mixture and scrub the slate to remove the oil stain. Then saturate a clean cloth with warm water and wipe your slate to rinse off the detergent. If there is any remaining oil, add 1/2 cup of baking soda and 1/4 cup of water to a bowl and stir to create a paste. Spread the paste evenly over the stain with a rubber spatula. Then, cover the poultice layer with plastic wrap and seal the plastic with tape. Leave it covered for 24 hours to absorb the oil. When the time has passed, moisten a clean cloth in water, and scrub the poultice off your slate. Finally, wipe the slate with a dry towel and you are done!

How to prevent future spills

The nightmare is gone, and your clothes, floors or countertops are free of excess oil stains. It’s like nothing ever happened, but are you afraid that you’ll have to deal with this problem again? Are you wondering how you can prevent something like this from happening again? Well, although there is no foolproof way, here are a few tips to keep in mind while using a bottle of olive oil!

  1. Never leave the oil on the edge of your table or counter.
  2. Store your oil in a cabinet or pantry that is below or within arm’s reach. You know it’s only a matter of time to spill it if you have to struggle to catch the bottle.
  3. When you have oil bottles or containers out in the kitchen, keep kids out of it, or teach them not to play with these items.
  4. Watch your elbow moves! All it needs is a good swipe to spill oil on the floor.
  5. Avoid situations in which you are rushing around while cooking. This will make any kind of spills less likely to happen.
  6. Always keep track of the oil bottle’s cap. You know that if you don’t, this increases the chances of you or someone else making future spills.

olive oil glass bottle and olives on wooden table
That’s all you need to know! Now, the next time you find yourself facing an oil spill, you don’t need to panic, but attack! Start the process immediately, be patient and let each step have its time to give the best results. And remember, oil is ancient wealth in the ground, but not on the floor!

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