How to Remove Grease From Clothing

Remove grease stains from your clothes.
Remove grease stains from your clothes. (Image: James Woodson/Digital Vision/Getty Images)

Grease stains can be hard to remove, as they adhere to clothes rapidly. Mayonnaise, oil and greasy foods can all leave stains on clothes if they are not treated correctly. Old stains will be harder to remove, according to the University of Illinois Extension Stain Solutions website. It is important to treat your clothes as soon as you notice a grease stain and try different methods until you are able to remove it.

Things You'll Need

  • White chalk
  • Borax
  • Warm water
  • Cloth
  • Sponge
  • Laundry stain remover
  • Oxygen bleach
  • Plastic container
  • Heavy-duty liquid detergent

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Rub white chalk into the grease stain, as it will absorb the grease. Let sit for about 5 minutes.

Mix 1/2 cup of borax with 1 qt. of warm water. Rub on stain with a cloth or sponge. Wipe off with a clean cloth.

Saturate the stain with laundry stain remover. Wait 1 or 2 minutes for the fabric to absorb the stain remover.

Soak clothes in a plastic container with oxygen bleach. Fully cover the garment with the solution.

Wash clothes in regular cycle using heavy duty liquid detergent.

Verify the stain was removed before drying the garment, as drying will adhere the stain to the clothes permanently. If the stain was not removed, repeat Steps 1 to 5 to remove the stain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Aerosol stain removers work best on grease stains, according to the University of Illinois Extension Stain Solutions website.
  • Keep all cleaning products away from children and pets.


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