It's wash day and some of your clothes are a mess. Maybe you changed the
oil and there is a grease stain on your favorite jeans. Perhaps
you were cooking and spilled some oil on one of your shirts. It may
look hopeless, but it is possible to REMOVE GREASE STAINS FROM
your CLOTHES. Here are some tips.
First, collect all the items of clothing in your house that have
grease stains. Is there a grease stain on a silk blouse? Are
there some items of clothing that have grease stains that have been on
the clothes for a while? Removing old grease stains can be
a little trickier, but it is possible.
Once you collect all the garments, group them in piles. In one pile,
put all the clothes that have older grease stains. In another, put
clothes with delicate fabrics, such as silk or cashmere. In another, group the
clothes together whose grease stains are fairly new and the fabric
durable, such as cotton or denim.
After the garments are separated, it is time to pre-treat the fabrics
before washing. This will amount to putting a spray (Pre-Laundry Stain
Spray), liquid (Pre-Laundry Stain Remover Liquid), or spot remover on
the fabric and let it set for a few hours. If the stain is older, you
will need to let it sit longer. If you arenít sure which kind of product to
use, check the product information. Usually one type of product will
exist for a specific purpose. Some products, however, are all-purpose. You
will just need to read the directions so you can understand how to use
it for maximum benefit. Keep in mind that delicate fabrics may require
more specialized stain-removers. But, an all-purpose stain remover
from a reputable company should suffice.
I use a clear shampoo to remove grease stains from all
clothes. It removes any grease stain remarkably. I tried commercial stain
removers and found them ineffective. The shampoo even removes old
Next, consider the best method to wash it and the best soaps to use.
Different types of fabrics and different colors will have different
requirements. If the stains were already pre-treated, it probably isnít
necessary to do anything different for this step. Just wash the
garments as usual. More delicate fabrics should probably be washed by hand, but
this is no different than what you would normally do. Keep in mind
that it is hard to remove grease unless you use at least warm water.
What happens if you pretreated and washed the garment but still
couldnít remove the grease? Before putting it in the dryer or letting the
garment air dry, begin the process again. Add some pre-wash treatments.
Maybe try a new brand or let it soak into the fabric longer. Then
wash again. You may have to continue this process a few times before
the entire stain comes out. Remember that if you treat the fabric shortly after the stain happens,
you have a greater likelihood of successful stain removal. If you are a
way from home and canít change right away, try to find a restroom and
use hot water and soap to try and remove as much of it as you can.
If there is a lot of grease, blot the excess off before you wash it. If
you follow these steps, your stubborn grease stains should disappear.
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