How to Remove Grease Stains - Simple Tricks That Actually Work

Don't throw away those grease stained clothes just yet! We have a few tricks that will help you remove grease stains and save your clothes.

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Simple, Natural Way to Remove Grease Stains

Using Dish Soap

4 different brands of dish soap on a white table

Most of the time people only recommend using products for their intended use, however, dish soap is great for removing stubborn grease stains. This is especially true for cooking oil stains. Plus, dish soap tackles stains fairly quickly.

For this method, you are going to want to lay your item out flat and cover the stain with dish soap. You may want to dilute it with some water; however, you do not have to. Make sure you are using liquid dish soap such as Dawn.

Next, simply use your fingers and rub the dish soap into the stain. The stain should be disappearing right before your eyes almost as soon as you start rubbing at it. This happens because dish soap is designed for absorbing grease quickly and directly. Lastly, rinse out the dish soap and wash it normally with your normal laundry detergent.

Use an Absorbent

a roll of paper towel on a kitchen counter

For this method, you are first going to want to blot the stain. You can use a paper towel for this. This helps remove any excess grease. Paper towel is the best option for removing extra grease. If the stain is not new, you can skip this first step.

Next, you want to cover the grease stain with an absorbent. An absorbent is a dry material that works to pull excess liquid. Some of the best absorbents are talcum powder, salt, baking powder, and cornstarch.

A bottle of Johnson's baby powder on a table to help remove grease stains

Let the absorbent sit for at least an hour. You can let it on for longer if you would like. After the hour is up, brush off the absorbent. You can vacuum it up, use your hands, or even use a brush. It may take some time to remove all the absorbent. This is especially true if the absorbent used was finer-grained. If you can, use a damp rag to help speed up this process.

Once you have done this, the stain should be gone and you can wash as normal. However, if the stain still is there, you can repeat the steps. If your stain is really persistent, you can apply a dry-cleaning solvent. You should follow the directions on the label for using this product. This is the best way to remove stains even after using other methods and absorbent. However, it should be your last resort.

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