Stain Removal

How to Get Rid of Grease Stains

Did you bring home more than a full tummy last time you went out to eat? Did you slop some butter onto your shirt, or accidentally splash your favorite blouse with grease? Maybe you’re just trying to clean baked-on grease from your cookware. Whatever the reason, the answers you seek are here! Read on.

Removing Grease and Butter Stains from Clothing

As usual, your first step should always be to check the care instructions for the article you will be cleaning and make sure that none of the following steps will damage it. If you’re not sure, either test it out on a hidden area or take the article to the dry cleaners.

Grease Stain Removal from Fabrics

  1. If the stain is old and has set, moisten it back up with a squirt of WD-40
  2. If the stain is fresh and there is a lot of grease or butter in the material, cover the area with a dry, absorbent material like cornmeal or cooking flour and gently rub it over the grease stain so it absorbs as much as possible from the fabric.
  3. Apply a grease solvent directly to the stain. The solvent you choose for this step should be dependant on the size of the stain and the material that you’re working with. Be careful not to destroy your fabric. Most laundry spot-treatment solutions contain grease solvents and are generally the safest way to go (follow the instructions on the bottle), but if you need something stronger you can also use industrial strength solvents such as goop or automotive hand cleaners (apply directly to the stain and gently work it in and let it sit).
  4. If the stained fabric is a piece of clothing, run it through a wash cycle. If it’s furniture then you can either clean the area using an upholstery cleaner or blot it dry with towels and re-clean with a spot cleaner. (More tips on how to clean upholstery)

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Grease Stain Removal from Carpets

  1. If it’s an old stain, saturate it with WD-40 to bring it back into solution.
  2. If you’re facing a lot of grease or butter, first soak up the excess using cornmeal or flour (any absorbent particulate will work).
  3. Use a spot cleaner that is safe for your carpet and also lists ‘grease stains’ on it’s label. Follow the instructions.
  4. Follow that up if needed with a carpet shampoo.

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Grease Stain Removal from Cookware

Don’t break your back scrubbing baked-on grease from cookware – work smart, not hard:

  1. Place all of the items you wish to clean inside of a large, strong garbage bag.
  2. Pour ½ cup ammonia into the bag and tie it off tightly.
  3. Place the bag outside overnight (at least 12 hours).
  4. Remove the items from the bag and the stains will just wipe away! If you have a couple of tough spots, just repeat the process.

Good luck!

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Nicole Harding

7 Comments

  • I deal with grease stains on a daily basis working for the USPS! I use Dawn, liquid dish soap! Put cold water on your clothing or shoes, where the grease stain is, put a small amount of liquid dawn dish soap on, pat a little more cold water on and scrub fabric together until stain is removed, rinse and wash as normal! For shoes, put a little dawn dish soap on a wet paper towel or old wash cloth and scrub! Wipe off with a clean damp cloth and you WILL have shoes that look virtually new! It really works well and is so cheap! It does’nt damage you clothing or shoes!
    Tracy VanZee

  • I use baby powder. Rub and pad into the stain until it becomes white and let it absorb the grease/oil for a couple of hours. Then wash as usual.

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