How to Treat Grease Stains in Clothes

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How to Treat Grease Stains in Clothes
Remove grease stains with baking powder and laundry detergent. (ink stain image by Dmitri MIkitenko from

Grease stains come in different types. Grease can splash onto clothes from cooking, or oil can spill on fabric when working on cars. Whatever type of grease stain you encounter, it can be a stubborn stain to remove. Grease absorbs into fabric, and the longer it remains, the more permanent it becomes. Grease stains can be removed, provided you work on the stain as soon as possible.

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Things you need

  • White paper towels
  • Baking soda
  • Powdered laundry detergent
  • WD-40

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  1. 1

    Blot any fresh grease stain from clothes with white paper towels. Remove as much of the grease as possible. Try not to spread the stain as you blot it away.

  2. 2

    Sprinkle baking soda over the entire grease stain. Turn fabric over and sprinkle baking soda on the opposite side of the stain. Leave the baking soda on the clothes overnight. Baking soda absorbs grease from the fabric. Shake baking soda from clothes before applying the cleaning paste.

  3. 3

    Make a paste with 3 tbsp powdered laundry detergent and four to five drops of water. Apply the paste to the grease stain. Cover both sides of the clothing where the stain lies. Allow the paste to work on the stain for 30 minutes.

  4. 4

    Launder the clothes according to their care instruction labels. Inspect the grease stain before placing in the dryer.

  5. 5

    Spray WD-40 on any lingering grease stain remaining on the fabric. Allow the WD-40 to remain on the clothes for 30 minutes. Launder clothes normally.

Tips and warnings

  • Test a hem or other hidden area before applying the WD-40 to the grease stain to ensure it does not discolour the fabric.

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