The oil from emus can be removed from clothing with a few household products.

How to Get Emu Oil Out of Clothes

by Candice Mancini

Emu oil, derived from the fat of these flightless Australian birds and used to treat a variety of ailments such as coughs, the flu, muscle aches and gout, can be removed from clothes in the same manner as other greasy stains, such as from French fries. The most important tip to removing oil stains is to act quickly.

Washable Fabrics

Pre-treat stains with a liquid laundry soap that is fortified to remove grease. Or, if you prefer, apply a different cleaning agent such as liquid hand soap. Whichever product you choose, use enough so it pools slightly over the stain.

Allow to soak for 30 to 60 minutes.

Rinse with cold water and, if the stain is gone, wash in a washing machine with grease-fighting laundry soap. If the stain is not gone, repeat the process with an alternate cleaning agent.

After the stain is removed, hang the item of clothing from a clothesline or place in a dryer.

Dry-Clean Only Garments

Sprinkle the stain with baby power or cornstarch.

Place a handkerchief on top.

Iron over the handkerchief for a few seconds on high heat without steam. If the stain remains, repeat one more time. Do not iron for more than a few seconds at a time, as doing so can ruin your delicate clothing. Once the stain is removed, brush off the cornstarch or baby powder, and dry clean as normal.

Items you will need

  • Grease-removing liquid laundry soap
  • Cleaning agent (liquid dish soap, etc.)
  • Baby powder or cornstarch


  • When you are working with delicate fabrics such as silk, do not attempt to remove an oil stain more than a couple of times. If the stain does not come out after two tries, take the item to a professional dry cleaner. Overworking a stain on a delicate garment can ruin the fabric.

About the Author

Candice Mancini has always loved matching people with career paths. After earning her master's degree in education from the University at Albany, she spent a decade teaching and writing before becoming a full-time writer. Mancini has published articles and books on education, careers, social issues, the environment and more.

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