Tips for Removing Chicken Grease Stains

Grease splatters from frying chicken shouldn't be allowed to sit on countertops or clothing.
Grease splatters from frying chicken shouldn't be allowed to sit on countertops or clothing. (Image: Media Bank/ Images)

Frying chicken on the top of a stove can be lead to chicken grease stains on clothing and aprons. Whether the target of the oily stains is your stove top, countertop, flooring or clothing, it's important to remove the stain. Left to sit, chicken grease attracts other dirt and other stain-causing materials. It also can develop an odor. While many commercial household cleaners are made to clean up chicken grease stains, basic supplies at home can save you money while still effectively removing them.

Things You'll Need

  • Paper towels
  • Baking soda
  • Cornstarch
  • Mild dishwashing detergent
  • Clean cloths
  • Heavy-duty laundry detergent

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Blot grease stains on kitchen surfaces and other hard surfaces with paper towels. Change to clean paper towels, as needed, while blotting the stain. Don't smear the stain by wiping it.

Absorb a grease stain on a hard surface by sprinkling baking soda over it. Use cornstarch to absorb chicken grease from clothing or tablecloths. Cover the stain with cornstarch and leave it for 20 minutes.

Place a few drops of mild dishwashing detergent on a clean, wet cloth and scrub hard surfaces to remove remaining grease. Rinse the spot by wiping up with a clean, damp cloth. Dry with another cloth.

Dampen grease-stained clothes with warm water. Place a few drops of dishwashing detergent directly onto the chicken grease stain and rub the fabric together to work the detergent into the fibers. Leave the detergent on the garment for 10 minutes.

Wash clothing and linens in hot water. Use a heavy-duty liquid laundry detergent to help remove any traces of grease. Check fabrics before placing them in the dryer to make sure the stain is removed.

Hot water helps remove grease stains from fabric.
Hot water helps remove grease stains from fabric. (Image: laundry image by timur1970 from

Tips & Warnings

  • Baking soda, cornstarch and baby powder are options for absorbing a grease stain on any surface.
  • Wipe a stick of white chalk across a chicken grease stain on fabric to pick up the grease.
  • If you can't get the residue, flavor or smell out of cookware, soak and clean it in club soda.


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