Getting grease stains on our clothes is inevitable but to get rid of grease stains can be a difficult task.
There are many methods people talk about for removing grease stains from that beautiful shirt of yours. However, these methods that work for the other person might not just work for you.
Grease stains can look like they have been removed in just one wash, but the stain will still be visible even after the wash. The formulation of grease stains is one that when they stain a spot on your cloth, the place gets dark.
What this means is that the wetness of the cloth (after the wash, will conceal the leftover stains). This is why it is advisable to air-dry your clothes after washing off the oil stains rather than put it in a dryer.
The most common type of grease or oil stains are:
- Cooking oil
- Margarine or Butter
- Gasoline and
To get oil out of a shirt can be a tedious thing to do. Because you might not know you have a stain on your shirt and you will walk around with the stain on. Walking around with an oil-based stain on your shirt makes the oil penetrate into the shirt, and sets it into the shirt.
If you want to know how to get rid of grease stains or oil-based stains on any pretty shirt, pants or jean of yours, read on!
1. Hot Water And Dishsoap
Dish soaps are formulated with a powerful grease-cutting ability. They help to break grease down and allow it to get rinsed off using hot water. Dish soaps get grease stains out of that cloth that we adore in just one wash!
To get stains out of a shirt using hot water and detergent, You need to:
- Soak the stained part of the cloth before washing in boiled water appropriate for the fabric.
- Rub the liquid laundry detergent onto the stained area. This will help penetrate deep into the cloth and will help loosen the oil trapped in the cloth.
- After doing this, check for leftover stains and wash again till you are sure the stains are off.
You can also try this method:
- Place the stained side of the cloth facing down on a white paper towel.
- Apply some little amount of dishwashing liquid on the side that is facing up. Massage this dish soap till the stain gets soaked in it.
- Let it sit for about two minutes before you rinse off with hot water. (The water temperature should be according to the clothes’ specification).
- You can follow this up by washing again in the washing machine.
Note: You can use this method to get rid of grease stains or oil stain on any fabric.
Cornstarch is another effective method that gets out grease stains from either a shirt or pants. It helps to remove stains that have set and dried in on the cloth overtime in just one wash.
To use cornstarch to remove grease from pants or oil stain on fabric, you need to:
- Place the stained fabric- shirt or pants on a flat surface where it can be for about one hour.
- Add a reasonable amount of cornstarch to the stain, and you can go about doing whatever you want to do. (For an hour or more).
- After the one hour has gone by, brush off the cornstarch on the cloth using a wet sponge or a damp piece of cloth.
3. Lestoil Heavy Duty Cleaner
Clorox produces this heavy-duty cleaner. It removes oil, grease stains, tar and spots with ease. Lestoil Heavy Duty Cleaner is active and is easy to use. The only con to this product is the smell. It has a strong smell that is similar to that of paraffin.
- Pour Lestoil heavy-duty cleaner onto the oil or grease stain.
- Let it sit on it for 20 minutes before you wash.
- You can also add a little quantity to the wash water to make it more effective.
- Check the treated area before trying to make sure the stains have been completely removed.
- If there are still stains, repeat the whole cleaning process.
Note: You can also use this product to remove grease stains from sofas, fabrics, carpets, chairs and the concrete.
4. Baking Soda
Baking soda is another adequate remedy to get rid of grease stains. It does its work by drawing the stains out of the fabric, and the final addition of soap washes it away. Since the grease contains grease-breaking properties, it will help to remove the stains properly.
The grease-breaking properties in the soap then react with the wash water and allow it to penetrate through the stains and get them all out.
You Will Need:
- Baking Soda
- Dish Soap
- A Spare Toothbrush and
- Cardboard or a paper towel.
- Place the stained cloth on a flat surface with the cardboard or paper towel underneath it.
- If the stain is fresh, pour a little amount of baking soda onto the stain and if the stain is old, pour a significant amount of dish soap over the stain for 5-10 minutes.
- Scrub the baking soda or dish soap deep into the stain. (be careful as this can cause a change in the color of the fabric).
- After that is done with, scrape off the baking soda and repeat the process for the second time. You will notice the baking soda turning brown.
- For fresh stains, add detergent and wash off. For old stains, combine baking soda and detergent and scrub again with the toothbrush.
- Let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.
- Wash the cloth generally with hot water according to the cloth specifications.
- Check for residual stains before drying.
Note: You can use this method to get rid of grease stains on your favorite shirt or trousers.
As weird and funny as it may sound, our old-school friend helps to get rid of grease stains efficiently. It also helps to remove the around-the-collar stains.
- Rub chalk onto the grease stain and let it sit in for about 5-10 minutes.
- Then use a brush to brush the particles out gently.
- If the stain is still visible after doing this, rub the chalk all over again before you wash normally.
For around-the-collar stains:
- Rub the chalk on the stains- be generous with the rubbing.
When the chalk particles have absorbed the oil stains, wash normally.
How To Get Grease Out Of Jeans
It is pretty much easy to get grease stains on your jeans. When the deed is done, you might be tempted to wash immediately or probably scrub with a brush; but this is somewhat wrong.
We have been told at one point or the other never to wash our jeans in order to keep those jeans looking new every time.
If you are on the verge of throwing your jeans cloth away because of any stain- ink, grease or any stain at all, DON’T throw it away just yet. Read this post to the end!
1. Don’t Wash With Water And Don’t Scrub
This is, particularly for grease or oil-based stains. We all know that oil does not settle or mix in water, so using water on a grease stain is a NO-NO!
And as for scrubbing, scrubbing will only make the stain penetrate deeper into the jeans. This will, therefore, make it harder to get the stains right out. The best thing to do after getting the stains on your jeans is to blot.
Blot the place where you have the stain with a dry cloth or paper towel so it can soak it all out of your jeans.
2. Baby Powder
Baby powder or talcum always come in handy whenever there is a grease stain on the jeans.
- Just sprinkle some talcum onto where you have the stains and let the grease soak in the powder. It will prevent the oil from getting deep into your jeans.
- Let the powder stay on for some time and after you are done,
- Gently brush off using a dry material and check if the stains are gone.
Coca-Cola is not just for washing hair alone; you can use it to cut out grease stains from your jeans. If you have a can of coca-cola lying helpless in your fridge and there’s a stain n your jean, do this right away!
- Mix a bottle or can of coke with regular detergent.
- Use the mix to wash your jeans as usual.
Note: This also works best for bloodstains.
4. Salt And Water Soak
This is a wonder-working mixture. It helps to remove any stains from jeans easily.
- Mix 2 tablespoons of salt in a cup of water.
- Put on your jeans and let it soak overnight.
- Wash as you would normally the next day.
This method is safe because it won’t wash off the color of your jeans.
So, there you have it! Amazingly easy ways to wash off oil stains from your clothing permanently.
Don’t put on the sad face because you ruined your favorite dress in the kitchen, at a party, when feeding your kid, and so on. Any of these washing tips would bring your dress back as new.