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Remove Grease Stains from Clothes
by Vincent Platania

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.

Reader tip:

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 grease stains...Carol

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. Visit

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