How to remove grease stains from clothes

Dear Home-Ec 101,

Okay dames, got a good one for you…how on EARTH do you get those little grease splatter stains off of your favorite shirt?!? I’ve tried everything, but my fave sweater still sits shelved…waiting to be worn…poor sweater. Thanks.

Signed,

Swearing at my Splattered Sweater

WinkIvy says:

Oh, don’t swear, dear, it’s unbecoming. We can’t have that, now, can we?*

My husband is a restaurant manager, so we face the grease splatter dilemma all the time. Now, you say you’ve tried everything, so I will give you several different things that have worked for me.

Dawn Dishwashing liquid has worked miracles in getting grease off many surfaces. I’ve thrown some in my wash to miraculous results! It needs to be the original, blue Dawn. You don’t need sour apple or lemon fresh when getting out grease stains, stick with the plain stuff for best results.

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The thing I have found to work the best, however, is Simple Green. After your washing machine has filled up with water, add a quarter cup (No more than 1/4 cup!) of Simple Green in addition to your normal laundry detergent. You can also put a 50/50 mix of Simple Green and water directly on the spots. This has never failed me when dealing with grease stains.

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If you have tried all this to no avail, you might try some OxiClean, though I’ve not ever had to try anything else once I’ve used the Simple Green.

*I swear as an art form, I’m just kidding with you, Swearing!

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Comments

  1. knitaddict says

    Thanks! I’ve never tried the Simple Green before…now I’ve got a new weapon to introduce to the fray!

  2. deneicer1 says

    I know this is a really really old post….but I thought maybe someone would look it up sometime.

    I have heard people use cornstarch or baby powder to remove grease stains. Apply DRY powder to DRY garment. Let sit overnight. Wash per usual.

    I use Grease Lightning. I literally spray it directly onto the stain. (I figure if it takes the color out it doesn’t matter ’cause I wouldn’t have worn it anyway covered in grease spots!)

    My mother uses Murphy’s Oil Soap. Apply full strength Murphy’s to oil stain. It is a bit thick so spread it around. Wash garment as usual in the hottest water possible for the fabric. DO NOT DRY IT IN THE DRYER. Hang garment to dry. Once it is dry repeat the process. (My Mom swears it comes out the second wash.) And, in case you are wondering, its a case of like vs. like. The oil in the Murphy’s absorbs the oil from the shirt.

    ALSO ~ Note about the fibers: IF your oil stain is on polyester GOOD LUCK getting it out of the garment! Polyester is made from petroleum products so when you get oil on it the fibers can literally merge the new oil making the stain a permanent fixture of your garment.

    I still give it a try myself, just in case that greasy polyester stuff hasn’t absorbed my bacon grease! LOL