How to remove grease from clothes

How to remove grease from clothes
James Jennings

It can happen to anyone: when tinkering with your car, your bike, or just pulling up to a gate... suddenly that outfit you love is smeared with grease.

Don't despair, it is possible to solve this problem. The technique for removing grease will depend on the type of stain - whether wet (fresh) or dry (old) - and also on the type of fabric.

There are specialized products and services for this, but before you resort to them, check out the homemade recipes to remove the grease stain with simple ingredients that you probably have at home. Here, you check it out:

  • How to remove grease from clothes by product
  • How to remove grease by type of clothing
  • How to remove wet grease from clothes

How to remove grease from clothes by product

Before applying any product, remove all excess using a spoon if the stain is thick and pasty, or a paper towel if it is liquid. Do it carefully so as not to spread the dirt further. In the case of the paper towel, place a sheet on each side of the stain to absorb the excess, without rubbing.

The ideal is to clean the dirt at the moment it occurred, so you do not give time for the grease to soak into the fabric. But it is also possible to "soften" the stain if it is already dry. See which products can help you in this possible mission:

How to remove grease from clothes with washing powder and talcum powder

This tip works best on recent, still "fresh" stains.

Step 1: remove the excess fat with the paper towel or a spoon

Step 2: cover the stain with talcum powder without rubbing and leave it on for 30 minutes. The talc will suck the grease out of the fabric. If you prefer, use salt or cornstarch for the same function.

Step 3: After 30 minutes, remove the talc by gently brushing it off with a dry brush.

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Step 4: then apply a paste of washing powder or your favorite liquid soap to the stain, let it act for 10 minutes before adding hot water. The hot water will soften the grease and the soap will help it to come off the clothes.

Step 5: Rub gently, if it's not gone yet, apply the soap paste again and repeat the process.

Step 6: When the stain is out, you can wash the laundry as normal in the machine.

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How to remove grease from clothes with washing powder and margarine

This tip sounds unusual, but that's exactly what you read: you can use margarine or butter on your clothes to remove grease. This is because, by affinity, the fat in margarine (or butter) attaches to the grease, making it easier to remove. Here's how to do it:

Step 1: apply a spoonful of margarine to the grease and rub gently.

Step 2: remove excess and rinse with warm water.

Step 3: apply the soap powder or liquid soap to the area and rub it in.

Step 4: when the stain is out, you can wash the clothes as normal in the machine.

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How to remove grease from clothes with detergent and hot water

Yes, the same detergent you use to wash dishes can help get the grease stain out of clothes too. In this case, prefer those without artificial dyes. If it is a colored fabric, test it first in a less apparent spot.

Step 1: cover the grease stain with drops of detergent and leave it for 5 minutes.

Step 2: use hot water to scrub gently taking care not to damage the fabric.

Step 3: repeat the process if necessary.

Step 4: when the stain is out, you can wash the clothes as normal in the machine.

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How to remove grease from clothes with stain remover

The name of the product says it all. Stain removers are designed to remove the toughest stains from fabrics, and grease, even after drying, is among them. You can find liquid and powder options for colored and white clothes, or exclusively for white.

Follow the instructions on the packaging. The guidelines you find here are for Tixan Ypê stain remover products:

Step 1 for powdered stain removers: mix 15 grams in 100 ml of warm water, apply to the stain and leave for 10 minutes before washing as normal.

Step 1: for the liquid stain remover: apply 10 ml (1 tablespoon) of the product directly on the stain. Leave it on for a maximum of 5 minutes, avoiding the product drying on the fabric, and proceed with the washing as normal.

Step 2: For more stubborn stains, you can soak your clothes in stain remover. In this case, dissolve one measure (30 g) of stain remover in 4 liters of warm water (up to 40 °C). Or if you use the liquid version, dilute 100 ml of the product in 5 liters of water.

Careful when dressing Leave white garments to soak for a maximum of five hours. For colored clothes, the time drops to a maximum of 1 hour, ok? If you notice changes in the color of the sauce, remove and rinse the garment immediately.

Step 3: wash the laundry as usual in the machine. Here you can also mix the stain remover with your favourite soap. In this case, use 100 ml in case of liquid or 60 grams (2 measures) for the powder.

Get to know the Tixan Ypê Stain Remover, for colored and white clothes.

How to remove grease from clothes with baking soda

Grease stains on hard-to-wash items such as a carpet, shoes or sofa? In this case, it is worth resorting to the most frequent homemade mixture available: baking soda and vinegar.

Step 1: mix in a spray bottle 100 ml of white vinegar in 1 liter of warm water and add a tablespoon of baking soda.

Step 2: spray on the spot of the stain and rub gently.

Step 3: remove excess with a damp cloth and repeat if necessary.

Step : when the stain is gone, let it dry in the shade.

How to remove grease from clothes with soap

White soap from the sink can help you tackle light stains on the spot.

Step 1: wet the stained area with hot water;

Step 2: rub the soap into the grease stain with a soft brush and leave it on for a few minutes.

Step 3: Rinse with hot water and repeat the process until all the grease stain is gone.

Step 4: when the stain is out, you can wash the clothes as normal in the machine.

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How to remove grease by type of clothing

Before applying any product, it is important to read the label of the garment to see if it can withstand hot water and brushing.

By the way, do you know what each symbol on clothing labels means? Check it out in detail in this text.

It is not recommended to use any of these techniques on fabrics with viscose, elastane, wool, silk, leather, wood, embroidery or metallic parts.

How to remove grease from white clothes

If it is not any of the contraindicated fabrics, all the tips you saw earlier can be applied to white clothes.

It is also possible to use specific stain removers for white clothes or even for colored clothes, without any harm.

White clothes can be soaked for up to five hours to loosen the grease well, if necessary. When washing, take care not to mix with colored garments.

Read also: how to wash clothes in the washing machine

How to remove grease from colored clothes

Before applying any product to colored clothing, especially if new, it is important to test that the color is well fixed.

How to make: moisten a small less visible area of the garment and apply a drop of the product diluted in warm water on the fabric and let it act for 10 minutes. Rinse and let dry. If there is no change in color, the product can be used.

In general, it is not recommended to use hot water on colored items, but in the case of grease stains, it may be necessary.

It is not recommended to leave colored clothes to soak for more than 1 hour, always observe the color of the soaking water. If you notice that it is releasing a lot of ink, remove and rinse.

How to remove grease from jeans

Denim is a hard-wearing fabric, so all the tips you've seen here can be applied to jeans without prejudice. Just avoid products exclusively for white clothes.

The thicker the jeans, the more difficult it can be to clean encrusted dry stains, in which case the margarine tip followed by the soap and hot water techniques are more promising.

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How to remove wet grease from clothes

Ideally, you should clean the grease while it's still wet to increase the chance of success. In this case, use the paper towel to absorb the excess (without rubbing). And talcum powder (or salt or cornstarch) to suck up the grease. Then, remove the powder and wash using hot water and soap.

For some stains, especially drier ones, it may be necessary to repeat or alternate the chosen process. But it is important not to put the garment out to dry before the stain has been removed. If it dries with grease residue, it will be even more difficult to remove afterwards.

Home remedies are not 100% guaranteed for all cases. If in doubt, bet on specially made products.

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James Jennings
James Jennings
Jeremy Cruz is a renowned author, expert, and enthusiast who has dedicated his career to the art of cleaning. With an undeniable passion for spotless spaces, Jeremy has become a go-to source for cleaning tips, lessons, and life hacks. Through his blog, he aims to simplify the cleaning process and empower individuals to transform their homes into sparkling havens. Drawing from his extensive experience and knowledge, Jeremy shares practical advice on decluttering, organizing, and creating efficient cleaning routines. His expertise also extends to eco-friendly cleaning solutions, offering readers sustainable alternatives that prioritize both cleanliness and environmental conservation. Alongside his informative articles, Jeremy provides engaging content that explores the importance of maintaining a clean environment and the positive impact it can have on overall well-being. Through his relatable storytelling and relatable anecdotes, he connects with readers on a personal level, making cleaning an enjoyable and rewarding experience. With a growing community inspired by his insights, Jeremy Cruz continues to be a trusted voice in the world of cleaning, transforming homes and lives one blog post at a time.