A splash of grease from the frying pan or a greasy stain on work overalls needn’t be a laundry nightmare. Removing grease stains can often be much simpler than dealing with other types of stain, as oily substances can effectively be broken down with washing up liquid. This article will explain the process of how to remove grease stains from clothing and the products needed to do it.
Products to Remove Greasy Stains
Regular dish detergent. If you have it available, colourless is the best because this will prevent the cleaner from re-staining the garment. If you do not have access to colourless washing up liquid, use a dilute solution of whatever you have in hand.
White vinegar. This will help to dislodge more stubborn stains, but also serves to remove detergent after the cleaning process.
Rubber gloves. Although neither of the products you’ll be using here is particularly harmful, you’ll need to vigorously rub the garment.
How to Remove Grease Stain from Clothes
Compared with the process for removing other substances, this method for removing grease stains is relatively simple:
Lay out the garment and cover the entire stained area with the dishwashing detergent.
Using your fingers, gently work the detergent into the fabric. You will see the stain begin to dissolve almost immediately as most of the dish detergents are able to absorb grease directly.
Rinse the detergent off using white vinegar.
Rinse the whole garment in water and wash normally.
Particularly resistant stains can be removed by repeating the applications of dishwashing detergent and vinegar. As counter-intuitive as it seems, this simple process will. Between one to five repetitions, eliminate all greasy and oily stains.
As always, remember to check the washing instructions for each item of clothing to ensure that they are not too fragile to withstand the kneading required to complete this process. When dealing with vinegar, try not to let it get too close to your eyes and remember to test your dishwashing detergent on a hidden area of the fabric – like a cuff or hem – to make sure that it will not discolour or stain your clothes.
So there you have it, with a bit of persistence it’s simple to remove grease stains from clothes – and you don’t even need to buy specialist stain removal products!