How to Get Hamburger Grease Off of a Shirt

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A juicy hamburger can quench an appetite. With that juicy burger comes the risk of incurring on your shirt the somewhat-devastating hamburger-grease stain. Fear not. Hamburger-grease stains are protein stains, and knowing how to deal with this type of stain helps to make its removal possible. The result will be a shirt that lives to fight another hamburger-grease stain.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Laundry stain remover
  • Laundry detergent
  • Talcum or baby powder
  • Bucket
  • White towel

Cold-Water Pretreatment

  • Leave the shirt on. Place a folded paper towel inside the shirt, under the grease stain. Wet another paper towel with cold water. Blot the hamburger grease and allow the cold water to penetrate the stain.

  • Remove the paper towel from under the shirt. Take off the shirt.

  • Lay the shirt on a flat surface. Apply a laundry stain remover directly to the hamburger-grease stain. Launder the shirt with detergent according to the care label in the hottest water that the shirt's fabric will tolerate.

Talc or Baby-Powder Pretreatment

Laundry-Detegerent Pretreatment

  • Fill a clean bucket with 1 gallon warm water. Add 5 tsp. laundry detergent to the water.

  • Place the grease-stained shirt in the bucket, pushing it below the water's surface. Place a clean, white towel on top of the shirt to weigh it down and let soak for 30 minutes.

  • Remove the shirt from the bucket, gently wringing out excess water.

  • Launder the shirt with detergent according to the care label in the hottest water that the shirt's fabric will tolerate.

Tips & Warnings

  • Always use cold water on a fresh hamburger-grease stain.
  • Applying warm or hot water directly to a fresh stain will set the stain.

References

  • Photo Credit Digital Vision./Digital Vision/Getty Images
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