How to Get Bike Grease Out of Clothing

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How to Get Bike Grease Out of Clothing
Get bike grease out of clothing with a pretreating process. (bicycle image by Chepko Danil from

An unfortunate occurrence that goes along with biking is bicycle grease on clothing. Accidentally rubbing a trousers leg against your bike chain will leave that unsightly stain on the fabric. Grease is often challenging to remove because it clings stubbornly to fabric fibres. The key to getting bike grease out of clothing is to wash it promptly.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Large towel
  • Pretreating stain product
  • Heavy-duty washing powder
  • Degreasing pretreating product
  • Toothbrush

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  1. 1

    Spread the large towel out onto a flat work surface. Place the stained clothing on the towel so the stained area is facing up.

  2. 2

    Apply the pretreating stain product directly to the stained area. Consult the product label to see how long to allow the pretreating product to sit on the stain.

  3. 3

    Place the garment into the washing machine and set the water temperature to the warmest temperature suitable for the garment. Add the appropriate amount of washing powder to the washing machine, set the washing machine to a standard wash cycle and wash.

  4. 4

    Remove the garment from the washing machine and assess the stain. If the stain persists, place the garment back onto the towel to pretreat it again.

  5. 5

    Apply the degreasing pretreating product to the stain and let it soak in. Use the toothbrush to lightly brush at the stain after the soaking time.

  6. 6

    Wash the garment again in the washing machine. If the garment is free of bicycle grease, dry it as usual in the dryer.

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