How to Get Rid of Grease Stains on Clothing

Salvage your favorite sweater by treating grease stains promptly.

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The oily nature of grease makes stain removal seem impossible at times. Whether you dripped grease from that delicious cheeseburger onto your favorite pants, or you splatter grease on your sweater while cooking, it is important to treat grease stains on clothing at first sight. Use the right products and methods to remove grease stains from clothing so you don't spread the stain further, or worse, ruin the garment.


Dab the stain with a dry paper towel to absorb as much grease as possible. Avoid rubbing or you risk spreading the stain.


Sprinkle cornstarch or baby powder onto the area. Let it sit for several hours, then shake out the clothing to remove the powder. The powder will help to absorb the grease.


Place a few drops of grease-cutting dish soap directly onto the stain. Use your fingers to work the soap into the grease spot.


Put the garment into a bucket with warm water. Let it soak for 30 minutes, then launder as usual. Let the clothing air-dry after washing to make sure all of the grease is gone. Putting the clothing in the dryer will only set in the grease stain.


Spray the grease stain with household lubricating spray if it is still present after laundering. Let the lubricating spray sit on the clothing for 30 minutes. Repeat Steps 3 and 4.

Things You'll Need


1.Paper towel

3.Grease-cutting dish soap

5.Household lubricating spray

2.Cornstarch or baby powder



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