Grease stains are a nightmare. Whether you’re a mechanic, a fry cook, just cook with oil at home, or work in any other greasy environment, you know what I’m talking about. It seems like I’m always wearing a favorite shirt when my cooking oil (or bacon grease) decides to “pop” on the stove and hit my shirt.
Grease is notorious for being one of the most difficult substances to remove from clothing (next to ink stains). If you’re at home and have an unfortunate grease/fashion emergency, try using these 5 tricks for how to remove grease stains from clothes to save you time, money, and frustration and get rid of those stains. Let’s get scrubbing.
*Before we jump in, I need to say I have tried all of these and have not had a problem with color bleaching, staining, or otherwise ruining my clothing. If you have concerns about this, test one of the methods on an inconspicuous area of the garment before going crazy on the stain.*
No, not the musical. The beauty product. Saturate the grease stain with hairspray (with a paper towel liner underneath the garment) and let it sit for about 30 minutes. This step alone should start to show an improvement. Regardless, pop your clothing in the washer for a full cycle and then air or hang dry. Don’t dry your clothing article until you’re sure the grease stain has been removed. Otherwise, drying to set in the stain.
Rub the shampoo into the grease stain like you would with any detergent pre-treatment. The shampoo works in much the same way that it removes the oils and grease from our hair. Wash the clothing like normal afterward.
Although this might seem odd to get rid of a stain by making a stain, you can use WD-40 to get rid of an oil stain. Be sure to use a piece of cardboard under the stain to keep the WD-40 from staining additional sections of your clothes.
Saturate the grease stain with WD-40, sprinkle with baking soda, and use an old toothbrush to scrub the baking soda into the WD-40. Wash by hand with blue Dawn dish soap to remove the oils from the grease and WD-40 and then wash the garment as directed on the tag.
Pour Coke liberally onto the grease stain and let it soak in for an hour or two. Toss it in the washer like business as usual, and air dry. No sign of the grease stain and no stain from the Coke either.
Aloe Vera Gel
Soothe your sunburn and your grease stains all at the same time! Soak the garment in water, scrub the aloe vera gel into the stain in a tight circular motion. Wash the clothing as directed and air dry or hang dry.
Laundry is enough of a chore as it is. Trying to get rid of grease stains just makes it worse. Use these 5 tips to remove grease stains from clothing next time you find yourself going toe to toe with a difficult stain.
Did your favorite method make the list this time? let me know in the comments if you have any additional tips for getting grease stains out of your clothes.
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