Getting grease on clothing can be an easy mistake to make. It can be as a result of a splashing of grease from the frying pan, or a greasy stain on for example work overalls. Contrary to popular belief that getting grease stains out of clothing can be a nightmare, it is in fact much simpler than dealing with a lot of other types of stains for example ink. Let me tell you how to get rid of grease out of clothes through simple steps with a science behind it. Oily substances such as grease can be broken down with simple products have for example washing up liquid. There are a number of different methods for tackling grease stains some of which will be outlined shortly. Let’s face it one thing about cooking is it can be very messy. Even when you are wearing an apron, it is still possible to end up with splatters all over our sleeves.


One of the first things to consider when tackling any stains on clothing is the washing instructions for that particular item. Some items may be too delicate for some methods that may be used when dealing with grease stains. A further point of good practice is to also test any product you are going to use on the stain on a hidden area of clothing. If there are any issues this can therefore be identified before taking it further and potentially ruining clothing by further staining a product or discolouring it.

How To Get Rid Of Grease Out Of Clothes ?

There are a number of products that can be used to remove grease stains these include

Washing detergent 

– (Liquid form not powder). This works by:

  • Apply the washing detergent to the stain and rub gently
  • Check the washing instructions of the clothing and wash on the hottest setting that is deemed suitable for the fabric or clothing
  • Ensure the stain has been completely removed before attempting to dry. If the stain is still visible the process should be repeated.

Dish-washing Detergent

Although not necessarily a product to use for cleaning clothes, dishwashing detergent or washing up liquid can be effective and has grease removing properties .Especially for things like cooking oil and occasions where you need to tackle a stain quickly. Artists are known to use dishwashing detergents to remove oily paints and splatters from clothes. Some of the the methods used are:

  • Lay the clothing flat and cover the stain with a diluted solution of the chosen dishwashing detergent or washing up Liquid of required choice.
  • Using your hands (wearing gloves if required) the solution should be gently massaged into the fabric. You will notice the stain beginning to dissolve almost immediately. Most dish detergents are able to absorb grease quickly and directly.
  • Rinse the washing up detergent off, and then wash as normal laundry.

The use of dishwashing detergent or washing up liquid has also been known to be effective on old stains, even ones that had been washed and dried repeatedly to no avail. The reason is seemed to be effective was primarily due to the grease busting properties of the product.

Despite the above being two different methods there is a fairly generic approach that can be adopted in the quest to tackle a grease or engine oil stain. Some common items that can assist the process of removal include the following:

  • Paper Towels
  • dish-washing liquid
  • Water
  • Nail brush or Toothbrush
  • Baby Powder
  • Laundry Detergent
  • Washer
  • Plastic spoon

An example of procedures to follow and simple tips for a start to finish attempt at a grease stain removal can be described as follows:

  • Scrape off or blot as much of the grease stain as possible but without damaging the fabric or clothing. A paper towel can be used to blot at the grease stain, using a lifting motion, until no more of the stain comes off onto the paper towel
  • The stain can be sprinkled with baby powder and it should be allowed to set for 5 to 10 minutes to absorb some of the stain. Flour or salt may also be considered as effective alternatives as well
  • If baby powder is used then it should then be removed using a paper towel or nail brush, taking care not to spread it onto other parts of the clothing
  • If dish-washing detergent or washing up liquid is used then this should be applied to the stain with water and it should be gently worked into the stain or fabric. A nail brush can be utilized to help rub the stain or massage the solution into it on both sides of the fabric
  • Upon completion of the above methods and processes then the item should be washed as normal as per directions stated on the clothing tag
  • Once washed as normal, clothing should be air dried by either placing on a clothes line or lying the item flat. Items should not be put in a dryer until there is certainty that a stain in completely gone. Heat from a dryer could potentially set a stain making it more difficult to remove

Most of the aforementioned methods involve everyday household items and simple techniques that are combined together to tackle grease stains. Aside the household items there are products available in the shops that are specifically designed for this purpose and there are a large range of them available. Regardless of what product or technique is used to remove grease stains from clothes, there should always be accompanying safety considerations and tips that should be followed:

  • Clothing labels should always be read for appropriate instructions regarding washing
  • When using any product it is important to always read and follow all directions carefully
  • Removing a fresh grease stain is easier than removing one that has set in or been there for a while
  • It is always a good idea to test a small  area of the fabric or clothing before applying any type of solution or remedy to make certain no damage or discoloration will occur
  • It may be an idea to where gloves when performing any of the techniques or using certain types of products in order to protect your skin.

I hope I have given contented information on the topic how to get grease out of clothes. If you know some other methods that can help us to improve this post, please leave your comments below.

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