Do you need to know how to remove grease stains from clothes? We have all been there. The kebab that seemed such a great idea at 3AM when you were stood outside the nightclub with gnawing hunger pangs. You weren’t convinced the kebab was actually “lamb”, but it still tasted great. Unfortunately, after fifteen bottles of WKD, the journey from hand to mouth was somewhat precarious and you ended up with nasty grease stains all over your new white dress. Thankfully, help is at hand and you can soon learn how to remove grease stains from clothes with the minimum of fuss.
Once upon a time, grease stains were a real problem, and if the man in your life was a motorcycle enthusiast who thought nothing of rebuilding his beloved machine on the kitchen table, you probably had to resign yourself to the fact that clothing marred by grease stains was usually fit for nothing but the rubbish bin.
These days, times have changed and detergents have vastly improved. Soap flakes have been resigned to the museum and modern washing powders can generally tackle most stains, including grease. However, some grease stains are worse than others and if you have spilt a greasy meal on your shirt or brushed up against an oily bicycle chain, you will probably find that the stain still remains, even after a boil wash.
Ideally, the best way to deal with grease stains is when they are fresh and the first step in the stain removal process is to mop up any excess grease on the garment. Talcum powder or cornstarch can be used to soak up the grease. Apply liberally to the affected area and brush away the excess. If the garment is extremely oily, use paper towels to soak up the oil.
The next step in the process is to take some diluted dish detergent and rub it into the stain liberally until the entire area is soaked in soap. Dish detergent contains strong grease obliterating ingredients, so within a few moments you should see the grease dissolve. It is worth noting at this point that brightly coloured washing up liquids are quite likely to stain pale or white garments, so either make sure the detergent is heavily diluted, or use a clear detergent instead.
Eventually you will be left with a soapy patch and no grease. In order to remove the excess soap from the garment, rinse the area in white vinegar. It will smell nasty, but it will get rid of the detergent prior to a wash cycle.
Lastly, place the item in the washing machine and wash according to the manufacturer’s recommended settings. If the grease stain still persists, repeat the process until the stain has been 100% removed. This method will also work on garments that have already been through a normal wash cycle, but the original grease stain was not removed.
An alternative method of removing grease stains from garments is to try a laundry treatment spray especially designed for grease stains. Spray the garment and then wash it as normal.
For delicate or dry clean only clothing, avoid all of the above and take the garment to your local dry cleaners for treatment.