Grease stains may seem quite challenging to remove. Unlike most other stains, they will not announce their presence straight away. What is more is that they are not as brightly coloured as a spaghetti and a tea stain, nor are they as obvious as a dirt stain. Instead, they tend to be very sneaky, and if you don’t use suitable materials, cleaning them will take a long time.
The oily nature of grease may at first make removal seem unlikely. However, it certainly does not have to be a laundry nightmare. There are a few proven methods you can try at home. Below are some typical household items that will effectively get rid of the stains once and for all.
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Using dish detergent
Try using liquid dish soap to remove difficult stains. Since dishwashing soap is formulated to break down oils, it works particularly well on grease stains as well. Here is what you need to have:
- Dish detergent
- Soft-bristled toothbrush (optional)
This is perhaps the easiest cleaning tip that you can try at home. It can remove any type of stain from cotton and poly-cotton fabrics. Simply follow these easy steps:
Step 1: Apply a small amount to the affected area
Apply a few drops of liquid dish soap to the stain as a pre-treatment and let it soak in, gently rubbing it in with your fingertips, a soft-bristled toothbrush, or just a cloth. Leave it there for a couple of minutes. You can also soak the whole item in soapy water for a few hours if the stain is tougher.
Step 2: Rinse with warm water and then wash it as usual
After applying the dish soap, wait a couple of minutes before rinsing with water. Wash the item in hot water with your regular liquid detergent and either bleach or a colour-safe laundry booster (for white items).
Step 3: Dry your item in the air
Since these stains are difficult to see on wet clothes, it is recommended that you wait for them to dry until you are certain the stain is gone. Repeat the dish soap procedure and launder in hot water if any stain persists after air drying. Do not dry your item in a tumble dryer because the high temperature will set the stain, making it more difficult to remove.
Using baking soda
Pre-treating even the worst stains with it is a great choice. It aids in the stain removal from the cloth. Why? Because the stain is trapped and retained in the paste. You will only need to have three things:
- Baking soda
In a small bowl, combine baking soda and water (in a relatively high temperature) in a two-to-one ratio. Now, we will show you how to get rid of those stubborn greasy oil stains right away, and we will take you through the process step by step below.
Step 1: Place a piece of cardboard on your item of clothing
Ideally, the cardboard should be placed directly behind the stain. It will keep the stain from spreading to the fabric’s backside.
Step 2: Blot the stain gently with a tissue or towel
Keep in mind that if you press or rub the stain too hard, you risk pushing it deeper into the fabric.
Step 3: Sprinkle the paste over the stain
Apply the paste on the stain so that it’s fully covered. That way you can be sure that every last bit of it will be removed during this process.
Step 4: Give it about one hour
This will allow the paste to absorb all the grease and work its way through the stain.
Step 5: Prepare for washing
Fill a sink or bucket halfway with water and add a few teaspoons of baking soda to the mix. If possible, use hot water. If hot water isn’t an option then go for warm or lukewarm water instead.
Step 6: Soak your cloth
Remove the cardboard from the fabric and soak it in the water. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. Swish the item around to dislodge some baking soda, then take it out when the timer goes off.
Step 7: Now wash your clothes as usual
If the item can be washed in the machine, toss it in with the rest of your laundry. If the fabric cannot be machine washed, wash it by hand in a sink with cold water and laundry detergent.
Using Aloe Vera gel
This ingredient is not only beneficial to your hair and skin but can also be used as a safe and efficient cleaning agent to get the grease stains out of clothes. These are the basics you should have:
- Aloe Vera gel (100% Aloe Vera)
- Water (warm temperature)
Here is how to do it by following these steps:
Step 1: Remove any excess stains
To start, use a towel or a cloth to remove any excess stains from your clothing. Also, at this stage, avoid wetting your clothes with water.
Step 2: Apply the gel
Now apply the Aloe Vera gel to the stain until it is fully covered. That way you can be sure that you’ll remove all of it.
Step 3: Treat the stain
Get an old toothbrush and treat the grease stain in a circular motion. Make sure you are not pushing too hard. Also, avoid using your fingers.
Step 4: Wash and dry
Give the Aloe Vera it at least five minutes and then carefully pick up the item and place it in the washer. Be sure to leave the Aloe Vera residue on the fabric. Wash your clothes in warm or hot temperature, depending on the fabric. Air-dry in the sun and enjoy your clean clothes again!
Using baby powder
Baby powder can fill the crevices in the fibres of your clothing, and absorb the grease, which makes it an excellent stain remover. The baby powder works similarly to baking soda as it prevents grease from sinking deeper into the fabric fibres. It always proves successful and here is all the material that you need to have:
- Paper towel
- Baby powder
The key to removing the stain is to always act quickly and treat it as soon as possible before it dries out. Here is how to get started:
Step 1: Remove excess grease
Use towels to dab as much of the excess grease as possible. Then place towels on both sides of the stain and pinch your hands together to prevent the stain from spreading to the clean section of the cloth.
Step 2: Apply baby powder
Add baby powder to the stain and let it sit for a couple of minutes. Then, draw out what is left from the powder. Repeat the process to absorb even more grease by adding more powder to the stained area.
Step 3: Washing
Once you’re done with the above step, dust off your cloth from the powder and then wash it as you do in the washing machine.
This powdery carbohydrate is extracted from corn, which is then packaged in boxes. It is yet another excellent home remedy for grease stains, and it works well even on older, more stubborn stains. It sucks all the grease and cooking oil out of the clothes. It is naturally abrasive, which helps with cleaning, and it is also very absorbent. Here is all the materials you need to get started:
- Warm water
Check out below how to make your favourite clothes look good as new and restore them to their original glory with the help of cornstarch.
Step 1: Blot your cloth and apply cornstarch
Start off by blotting as much as you can with a clean white cloth. Then add a good amount of cornstarch on both sides of the stain. Allow 10 minutes for the powder to settle before shaking it off and dabbing any residual grease.
Step 2: Washing and drying
Wash right away at the highest temperature allowed by the manufacturer’s label. Always check for stains before placing clothes in the dryer. Or else, the stain will set.
Using mechanic soap
Mechanic soap is known for being extra scrubby. It is usually made of pumice and walnut shells and is not overly scratchy. Mechanics use this kind of soap on a daily basis but perhaps little is known that it can be used on clothes too. The exfoliants help remove fresh grease stains. This is what you need:
- Mechanic soap
So how exactly can you use this soap to effectively get rid of tough stains? Check it out!
Step 1: Prepare your piece of clothing
Make sure your clothes are completely flat on a clean surface. Then, cover the stain with an old towel or cardboard.
Step 2: Treat the stain
Scrub the stain with the mechanic soap in a circular motion. Set aside for 15 to 30 minutes to allow the soap to harden.
Step 3: Washing and drying
To prevent any further damage, wash the item separately in a washing machine. If you mix it with other items then your whole load of laundry would have this certain soapy odour which might not be your thing. Dry your clothes according to the instructions on the care label of your item.
Remove grease stains by ironing your clothes
Perhaps this could be the simplest of all, yet quite an effective way of wiping out the stains on your clothes. All you need is three things:
- Paper towel
- Cloth rag
You can lay your clothes on a wooden surface or simply an ironing board. Follow these steps below.
Step 1: Blot the stain with a paper towel
Lay your piece of clothing and then use a towel to gently blot the surface. Make sure not to press very hard to avoid making it worse.
Step 2: Iron your piece of clothing
Make sure that you use your iron in the lowest setting. Overheating and moisture can harm your fabric so make sure to keep that in mind. To ensure that the steam is turned off, you may need to empty the water compartment of your iron.
Step 3: Cover the grease stain with a cloth
Make sure the fabric you are using is clean. It is also a good idea to make sure you are not using something valuable, as the grease stain can transfer to it. An old t-shirt or a rag are suitable options. It is safer to use a white or light-coloured fabric. Fabric dye can bleed onto the surface if there is any moisture in the grease stain.
Step 4: Iron the stained surface
Carefully run the iron over the fabric and be sure to go extremely slowly. Before you pick the iron up, make sure it has fully covered the stain. Remove the cloth and inspect the grease stain to make sure that it is completely soaked into the fabric that you used. If not, go over the steps again. If you have to repeat the process, fold the fabric in half or turn it over so that the stain is covered by a new, clean surface.
There you have it. There is no need to worry about grease stain removal anymore, as all the items that you’re going to need are already in your home. The whole process is indeed simple and effective once you understand how to do it correctly with these easy steps. Most stains can be removed without causing any damage or discolouration to your clothes, regardless of the type of surface you are trying to clean. So, go ahead and give these methods a try! Happy cleaning! Once you know how to clean grease stains, you can try to clean spilled diesel. It will be a walk in the park.