Grease and oil stains can sometimes be quite tricky to remove from fabric, especially from clothing. We all can get those nasty stains that seem so stubborn to get out with washing. Whether we got a little bit carried away when we deep fried something or we weren’t careful when we changed the oil when we were working on our car, we know that those oil stains can be quite a challenge. They can be removed though. Pay attention to the steps presented in this little article because here are 7 effective grease and oil stain removal tips that you should consider:
1. Use Dishwashing Detergent
This is one of the most amazing ways to remove grease and oil stains. Just rub a dab of dishwashing liquid detergent into the stain and then simply allow it to sit for at least 24 hours. Then wash the clothes as you would normally and you’ll notice that your dishwashing detergent has worked wonders on your grease stain.
2. Use Some Hair Spray
Even if you don’t use hair spray when you style your hair, you could buy some and use it as a stain remover. Just spray the grease or oil stain with a lot of hairspray and it should take quite a bit of it out instantly. Then wash that piece of clothing with your other clothes, and voila, your stain is removed.
3. Use a Little Bit of Shampoo
Well, shampoo is naturally designed to get grease and natural oils out of your hair, so why not also use it on your clothes? If you are trying to remove an oil stain, grab a little bit of shampoo and rub it into the stain. Then wash your clothes as normal and you will notice that your shampoo completely removed that nasty oil stain.
4. Use Some Commercial Cleaners
If you need to remove an oil stain, you could also use some commercial cleaners like Greased Lightning, M-30 or Awesome that you can purchase at your local dollar store. But before using them, make sure that you test the cleaner on an inconspicuous part of the clothing to make sure that it won’t ruin the fabric.
5. Use Some Baby Powder
First, you should blot away any excess grease or oil with a paper towel and then cover the grease or oil stain generously with baby powder. If you don’t have baby powder, you can use cornstarch or even salt. Then remove the baby powder from the clothing with a spoon or a paper towel, put some dishwashing detergent on the stain and then wash the clothing alone with laundry detergent.
6. Murphy's Oil Soap
Even if this is a cleaning product normally used to clean and polish horse tack or wood surfaces, it’s also one of the best stain removal products. Apply a little of this product on the stain and wash your clothes as normal. While it will get your stain out, your clothes might end up smelling like Murphy's Oil Soap, so you should wash them again with laundry detergent to remove the smell.
7. Use Some Coca-Cola
There are a lot of amazing uses of Coca-Cola and stain removal is one of them. Just pour some Coke onto the stain and let it soak for an hour or two (not more though because there is some caramel food coloring in Coke). Then simply wash that piece of clothing with laundry detergent and air dry it and voila, stain removed.
There are quite a few tricks you can use to remove grease and oil stains. I just mentioned a few in this little article, but I’m sure that there are many more I could add to this list. Do you know any other effective grease and oil stain removal tips? Please share your tips with us in the comments section!