How do I get car oil off my skin?

I was changing my oil for the first time in my garage to save some money. I did it successfully—yay! However, it's definitely a dirty job and I got a whole lot of motor oil on my skin. I scrubbed at it in the shower, but there's still some residue on my skin, and I'm not sure how to get rid of it. How can I get the car oil off my skin?

Eric Schad · Updated on
Reviewed by Shannon Martin, Licensed Insurance Agent.
“Congrats on successfully changing the oil—and on discovering one of the most common side effects! Luckily, this is a common issue, and the most effective way to get car oil, or motor oil, off your skin is to create a solution by mixing together dish soap, baking soda, and water.
This mixture acts as a degreaser, which should get rid of the oil.
While changing your oil is an important part of a basic
car maintenance schedule
, make sure to be careful! Oil can irritate your skin and may even be carcinogenic. Wear clothes you don’t mind staining, and even consider wearing gloves and a mask.
If you’re thinking of other ways to save on car ownership, evaluate your car insurance policy to make sure you’re getting the best deal. If you want to automate this process, the licensed agents at
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Congrats again on changing the oil, and hope everything cleans up well!”
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