Say Goodbye To Greasy Clothes!

Say Goodbye To Greasy Clothes!

You won’t ever have to throw out a piece of grease-stained clothing again thanks to these great cleaning tips.

There are many ways to clean grease stains off clothes, using natural and store-bought cleaning products. Some of the best techniques to remove grease from fabric include using baking soda, dishwashing liquid, shampoo, WD-40 and spot remover with hot water.

Stubborn and detectable stains on furniture and carpets are everyone’s worst enemy – and they’re especially frustrating when they are on your favourite items of clothing. Nowadays, most individuals know what the solution is to remove red wine stains from carpets or white shirts or grass stains on kids' jeans. Rather than throwing these items away, spraying a bit of stain remover over the offending mark often works a treat! However, removing splotches of grease is a whole new ballgame.

Molecules in water and oil don’t mix which makes you wonder how we are meant to get stains out as we wash our clothes using water. While it’s difficult to remove grease from fabric, it’s not impossible. Simply try some of these helpful tips using natural and store-bought cleaning products.

How to remove grease from fabric

The first rule you need to remember when getting grease out of fabric is to act fast, if possible. Grease or oil stains that have set in will take more effort to get out. By using a mixture of natural and store-bought cleaning products, your favourite piece of clothing can look almost brand new! Here’s how:

Baking soda to remove grease from fabric (with a bit of dishwashing liquid and white vinegar)

  • Blot out the excess grease with a paper towel

  • Cover the stain with a thick layer of baking soda

  • Let the baking soda sit for an hour, then scrub it out with an old toothbrush

  • Pour some dishwashing liquid over the baking soda, and leave for a few minutes

  • Wash the item of clothing in a small tub or bucket by itself. While hot water helps to remove grease stains, first check the instructions on the tag to see how it needs to be washed in e.g. cold hand wash

  • Add 1 cup of white vinegar to chosen washing method

Hot Tip: If you want to use a dryer, make sure the stain is completely gone, otherwise, the heat will set the stain into the fabric.

We are forever impressed with the versatility and effectiveness of baking soda when it comes to tackling chores around the home. So much so that we have created guides on how to clean your tile grout, shower floor and fridge!

Dishwashing liquid or shampoo to remove grease from fabrics

  • Cover the entire area with dishwashing liquid or shampoo

  • Work the foam into the stain using your thumbs until the foam dissolves

  • Rinse the area with water thoroughly first, and then rinse with white vinegar

  • Wash the clothing alone with laundry detergent, and then leave to air-dry

If the stain is persistent, repeat these steps

Try removing grease using WD-40

  • Instead of using detergent, simply spray a little bit of WD-40 onto the clothing

  • Let the fluid set into the clothing for up to 20 minutes

  • Soak clothing in warm water and wash out the WD-40

  • Wash the clothing alone, using laundry detergent. Then, air-dry

The spot remover method (store-bought grease remover)

  • Using your favourite store-bought laundry stain remover, spray over the grease generously and scrub with a toothbrush

  • While the stain remover is soaking into the clothing, bring a large pot of water to boil

  • Place the item of clothing into a tub or wash basin, and carefully pour the water onto the stains from up high

  • Wash the clothing alone using laundry detergent, and air-dry afterwards

  • Repeat the steps for each area of grease

  • Don’t forget to turn the garment inside out

The higher you hold the large pot of hot water to pour, the more forceful the water will hit the stain. This may help to break the grease bonds, however, be careful not to spill any hot water on yourself whilst pouring the water.

Final tips on how to get grease stains off clothes

The faster you act to remove the stain, the higher your chances of success. The most important thing is not to panic and to avoid rubbing the stain, as this will spread the grease into the fibres.

As always, before using any cleaning solution, do a test sample on the smallest stained part of the clothing before you attempt to clean the entire area. You might also want to consider using non-allergenic disposable gloves or face masks to prevent contact with skin or inhalation when using products such as WD-40.

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