How to Get Motor Oil Out of Shoes? (Tested Ways)

Motor oil leaves a stubborn mark on our shoes that takes much effort to go off.

But not with the tips that I am going to share with you in this post!

If the stain is from grease, I would recommend using gasoline dipped in a rag and then rubbing the grease off.

But if the stain is from the by-product of combustion (usually that blackish tar like thing), you need to rub the area with soap and then wash it completely.

The shout advanced aerosol spray is also a great solution that worked great for me in removing oil stains from my running shoes (which I happened to get on my shoes while cleaning my car).

But if the oil has dried on the shoes, you might need to use the Dawn washing liquid and then dry out the shoes and then apply the Shout advanced aerosol spray.

But every material demands a particular treatment or else they will get damaged. So, let’s explore them before you make the wrong move for your shoe and ruin them…

Getting motor oil out of shoes (the tried and tested ways)

Shoes are made of various materials and for that purpose no one stain removing way will be applicable to every shoe material. The products are all different for each material of shoes. Let’s have a look at them:

How to remove motor oil stains from suede shoes?/how do you remove motor oil from suede shoes?

You can remove oil from suede using cornstarch. Just sprinkle a little amount of cornstarch on the stain area and let it sit overnight.

How to remove motor oil stains from suede shoes

The next day, spray the area with water and use a toothbrush of a lint free cloth to rub off the stain. You can also use suede stain remover and then spray with a suede protectant. 

How to remove motor oil stains from white canvas shoes?/ How do you get grease out of white shoes?

Remember not to use bleaching agents on white shoes as it can turn the white color into yellow spots.

The best oil stain remover for white shoes is a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and water (all the 3 ingredients in equal ratios).

How to remove motor oil stains from white canvas shoes

Apply the solution over the stained area in a thick consistency. Let the paste set over to become a hard shell.

Once dry, crack the shell and rub with a hard bristled toothbrush. Do not forget to clean the whole shoe with a gentle shampoo and then dry it.

How to clean motor oil stains from leather shoes?

Baking soda works great for grease stains on leather shoes. Make a paste of baking soda and water in thick consistency. Let the paste set over the greased area for half an hour.

Rinse off with soap water solution using a wet cloth or a soft bristled toothbrush. Dry the leather shoes and then spray with a leather protectant.

Do motor oil stains come out?

Yes, motor oil stains will come out easily (in case the oil has not dried out completely on the shoes making a permanent mark) with the help of a laundry detergent.

But, if a previous stain that you intended to take off after days, you might need a degreaser or bleaching soda for it.

Let the decreaser or the baking soda sit on the stain for 10 to 20 minutes and then rub it off with a damp cloth. Do not use bleaching agents on dark leather shoes or any dark colored canvas.

How do you remove motor oil from leather shoes?

Leather is a delicate material and using harsh cleaning agents might damage the leather forever.

So, you need to be very careful about the product that you are using on leather and also the amount of time that you are letting the product stay in leather.

Bleaching agents are a complete no for leather and so are concentrated alcohol.

Sprinkling baking soda on the oil or grease and letting it soak the oil for 15 minutes served the most effective in my case.

How do you remove motor oil from leather shoes

Afterwards, I used a damp cloth to take off the baking soda and then washed my leather shoes with a soap-water solution (do not wash leather shoes under running water or never dip the leather shoes in water) and then again used a damp cloth to take off the soap residue.

Lastly drying the leather shoes with a hair dryer or a boot dryer is a must.

What takes grease out of shoes?

Sprinkling the shoes with cornstarch is a great option. Then use a soap water solution to clean the residue with a toothbrush.

How to get motor oil out of work boots?

The best and the age-old way to get any oil stain from work boots is using detergent or dish wash soap. Also, you can use rubbing alcohol, stain removers, magic erasers, as spot treatments. Baking soda is another useful trick. 

What is the best stain remover for oil?

The best stain remover for oil is baking soda and rubbing alcohol. Those are however home remedies. You will get many stain products in stores and in online as well for particular materials like leather, suede and canvas.

But after all the treatments, you have to wash the shoes in the washer with a mild detergent for removing all the stains completely.

Do tide pens work on oil stains?

Tide pens will work best for the stains that you get from foods but they will not be able to remove oil stains that has come from motor oil.


How do you tide pen on shoes?

The best way to use tide pens on shoes is the first clean the stained area of any residue and then use the tip of the pen on the spot to erase the stains. Release the required amount of liquid until the stains have been removed entirely.

How do you remove oil stains from rubber?

You can remove oil stains from rubber using rubbing alcohol or baking soda. And for that matter you can go harsh with rubber with any cleaning agent you want to try. At last wash the rubber shoes in detergent.

How do I get oil off my Timberland boots?

Timberland boots are mostly made of leather and using the trick mentioned above for leather shoes will work the same for Timberland boots as well (using baking soda).

Are oil stains permanent?

Oil stains will not become permanent if you clean them ASAP! That said, it’s not possible to clean the stain immediately I understand.

So, the best and the earliest you can do is as soon as you come back, remove the stain with a stain remover and then clean the area using a soap water solution with a damp cloth.

And it’s a wrap!

I hope this post was helpful for you. If you enjoyed reading it, please stay tuned to the site for more exciting pieces of my write ups.

Till then, stay healthy, stay happy and have a great day ahead!

Stephen Luettgen
I have 12+ years of experience in construction, inspections, handy work, and currently working as a Construction Site Manager. In today’s day we spent a significant part of our time at workplace and a right work gear can have significant impact not only on your safety but also work quality.

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