How to Get Grease Stains Out of Clothes
It’s happened to us all at one point or another, whether it’s from cooking or eating: food will end up on your clothing. When it does, Murphy’s law will also make sure it’s always the particularly greasy stuff, and that it will land in the most conspicuous place possible. While some may think that this sort of travesty would spell the end of their favorite garment, we’ve been there, and we’ve got a quick and cheap solution for you. All you need is a little bit of liquid grease-fighting dish soap and a couple minutes to get your clothes back to pristine condition, whether the stain is old or new. So give this a try before throwing away your favorite shirt after a bad encounter with bacon grease.
1) If the stain is fresh, take a paper towel and dab as much of the grease out as possible. This will help reduce the number of attempts it takes to remove a particularly deep-set stain.
2) Apply a liquid grease-fighting dish soap directly to the stain, such as Dawn or Palmolive, and let it sit for about 5 minutes. Be careful with colored dish soap, however, as dyes could lead to further stains on light-colored clothes.
3) Soak the piece of clothing in warm water for 15-30 minutes, depending on how bad the stain is.
4) Wash the garment with laundry detergent as you would normally.
5) Check to see if the grease stain is still present. Avoid drying it, as this could set the stain in further. If it’s still there, repeat steps 2-4 until it’s gone. Generally, you won’t need to repeat this process more than once before the stain is gone for good.
That’s it! As a total slob, I can assure you that it works like a charm. Just try and be less messy next time you’re eating nachos.