Laundry

How to remove grease stains

Don't worry if you get a grease stain on your clothing, it can easily be removed! These simple tips will help you remove grease stains from clothes.

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

 You’ll need:

  • Regular dish detergent. If you have it available, colourless is 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 to 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 are 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:

  1. Lay out the garment and cover the entire stained area with dishwashing detergent.
  2. Using your fingers, gently work the detergent into the fabric. You will see the stain begin to dissolve almost immediately, as most dish detergents are able to absorb grease directly.
  3. Rinse the detergent off using neat white vinegar.
  4. Rinse the whole garment in water, and wash normally.
  5. Particularly resistant stains can be removed by repeating applications of dishwashing detergent and vinegar. As counter-intuitive as it seems, this simple process will, with 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!

Top Tip


Any stain removal process should be followed up by a normal wash with a good quality washing detergent, to remove any stain residue and to prevent stain removers from damaging your garments. Something like Surf excel liquid detergent will clean off remnants of grease and can even by used as a stain pre-treatment itself.