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How to Get Grease Out of Pillowcases

Updated February 21, 2017

Grease stains on pillowcases will often make it through the normal washing machine cycle without coming out. Facial creams and hair products containing oil may come off during sleep and end up staining your bedding. Save money by getting a longer life out of your current pillow cover. Clean linens will impress your guests and make your bedroom look fresh and relaxing.

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  1. Apply enough Dawn, or other concentrated liquid detergent, to cover the greasy area on the pillowcase.

  2. Rub the soap into the fabric in a circular motion with two clean fingers until it builds a light lather.

  3. Turn the pillowcase inside out and apply the concentrated detergent to the other side of the greasy area.

  4. Work the soap into a lather with your fingers as you did on the other side.

  5. Let the treated pillowcase rest on the counter for 3 to 5 minutes.

  6. Rinse the treated areas in the hottest water recommended on the fabric label.

  7. Apply another coating of concentrated detergent and work it into both sides of the pillowcase.

  8. Launder the pillowcase in the washing machine on the hot water wash and rinse settings. Add other like fabrics and the prescribed amount of laundry soap specified by your machine's manufacturer.

  9. Stop the machine during the soak part of cycle and let the clothes soak in the hot water for an extra 10 minutes before resuming.

  10. Check the success of your work after the wash cycle finishes and pretreat and rewash again if needed. Do not dry the pillowcase until the grease stains are fully removed.

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Things You'll Need

  • Dawn or other concentrated liquid detergent
  • Hot running water
  • Washing machine
  • Laundry soap

About the Author

Jeffrey Brian Airman is a writer, musician and food blogger. A 15-year veteran of the restaurant industry, Airman has used his experience to cover food, restaurants, cooking and do-it-yourself projects. Airman also studied nursing at San Diego State University.

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