How to Remove Most Food and Grease Stains from Clothes

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Stains make clothes look sloppy and dirty, and can be difficult to get out without knowledge of proper removal techniques. Removing grease and oil stains from food or non-food sources requires different strategies than removing other food stains. Correct stain removal for food stains also varies depending on whether the stain is protein-based or from fruit and most beverages. For example, stains from wine, berries, coffee and jam require different stain removal techniques than stains from protein-based egg whites, pudding, baby formula, gelatin and sherbet.

Things You'll Need

  • For grease stains:
  • Paper towels
  • Dry cleaning fluid
  • Pretreatment stain remover
  • Hot water
  • Laundry detergent
  • For fruit and beverage stains:
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Warm water
  • Vinegar
  • Sponge or rag
  • Alcohol
  • Enzyme presoak product
  • Bleach (optional)
  • For protein stains:
  • Cool water
  • Ammonia

Grease Stains

  • Set the stained area of the fabric on top of absorbent paper towels if the fabric has a severe stain.

  • Apply dry cleaning solvent to the stain over the absorbent paper towels.

  • Let the stain dry.

  • Rinse the stain.

  • Soak the stain with a pretreatment stain remover and let it sit for about a minute.

  • Wash the garment as usual using the hottest water safe for the fabric, as Ohio State University experts suggest.

Fruit and Beverage Stains

Protein Stains

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not attempt to rinse a protein stain in hot water, because the hot water can cook the protein and make it set into the fabric.

References

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