Like it or not, grease stains are a part of life, whether they’re from cooking splatter or car oil. Now, we’ve uncovered some simple ways to get rid of them, so we can stop tossing our grease-stained clothes or using them as rags—and actually salvage them. Plus, the best news? You probably have all these grease stain remedies laying around your house already, so it’s a win-win.
1. Club Soda
We’ve probably all heard of pouring club soda on a wine stain, but on a grease stain? Yep. Put some on and then scrub. You can also try this on carpet grease stains and clean the grease stains in your pots and pans with club soda, too. Pour some into the pots and pans while they’re still warm, or try lightly boiling the water like I do.
2. Baking Soda
Baking soda is amazing in that it can remove just about any kind of stain there is, including gasoline stains. Sprinkle said stain with baking soda and let it set (each type of stain requires a different length of time, so check this link for specifics). Then, brush it off and use a stain remover; however, the baking soda should have done most of the heavy stain-lifting for you. Next, wash and air dry the item.
That’s right, chalk. Either borrow some of your children’s chalk or keep a box of white chalk on hand for yourself in the laundry room. Instead of carrying a Tide pen in your purse, try chalk for those accidental dining-out stains. Just rub it in right afterwards, then wash the item when you get home. Simple!
4. Baby Powder
Just cover the grease stain with baby powder and let it sit for 5-10 minutes. Then, the more you brush it off, the more the stain will disappear before your very eyes. Magic!
Cornstarch is great as a stain removal tool. Sprinkle it on, then let it be overnight. The next day, wash the item and it should be as good as new.
6. Dishwashing Detergent
Yes, dishwashing detergent is good for more than just your dishes. Put it onto the stain, then wash the item of clothing as you normally would.
7. Hair Spray Or Lysol
Yes, go get your hair spray or bottle of Lysol and spray your grease stain away! Then, throw it in the wash and your clothing item should be back to normal in no time.
While we’re talking about hair products, you might as well keep some shampoo on hand, too. Add some to the grease stain as a pre-treatment, then wash.
9. Aloe Vera Gel
First, soak the item in water, and then rub in the aloe vera gel. Simple enough, yes?
Okay, I know these remedies are getting more and more unusual, but the coloring in the Coca-Cola will help lift the stain away. Who knew soda was so versatile, right?
11. Cheez Wiz
And the most unusual grease stain remover award goes to… Cheez Wiz! Rub some into the stain (yes, I know this sounds counter-productive, but stay with me), then throw the item into the wash. That’s it!
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