It's that time of year again, it’s close to the holidays and important to spend time with family. Hopefully, there is no lockdown so you can enjoy it with your safe six! With whoever you are spending time and enjoying delicious food with, you will probably have grease stains from food falling onto your clothing. Listed below are some of the best methods to remove grease stains from your clothing without damaging your health or the environment.
1 | What You’ll Need
- Baking soda
- A toothbrush
- Dish soap
- A piece of cardboard or dark towel you don't mind transferring the stain to
2 | What to Do
- Lay the article of clothing flat.
- Place the cardboard or old towel underneath the stain.
- If the stain is fresh and hasn't been through the washer and dryer yet, sprinkle baking soda on top of the grease. If it has set, pour enough dish soap onto the stain to cover it well. Leave the baking soda or dish soap on the clothing for about 5-10 minutes.
- Use a toothbrush to scrub the baking soda or dish soap into the stain, really working it in (be careful not to damage the fabric, though).
- If your stain is fresh, you'll notice the baking soda changing color. Scrape the first round of baking soda away and apply more.
- Repeat the process until the baking soda no longer turns brown.
- If your stain is fresh, now is the time to add dish detergent (if the stain is still there). If your stain is old, sprinkle enough baking soda onto the dish detergent to cover the stained area.
- Scrub again with the toothbrush.
- Let the mixture set for 10-15 minutes.
- Wash the clothing as you normally would, using the hottest water the fabric will allow. Some cotton clothing is prone to shrinking in hot water, so use your best judgment depending on the type of clothing that's stained. Mama's Laundry Talk has tips for selecting the best water temperature.
- Check to make sure the stain is gone before drying the garment.
3 | Expert Tips
Wear a protective apron when you're working with grease. This will protect your clothing and prevent more stains!
Try to remove the grease stain as soon as you notice it. Letting it set will make it more difficult to remove the grease stains from the clothes.
Housecleaning Central suggests trying aloe vera on grease stains. Always test a stain removal method on a small section of the clothing first. Though baking soda and dishwashing liquid should be safe on cotton, it's always best to be sure.
If you have a huge mess on your hands and grease is on more than your clothes, Reader's Digest has some tips for removing grease stains from all sorts of surfaces.
4 | That was Easy
There's no longer any need to worry about how to remove grease stains--not even how to remove grease stains from cotton! Sure, it takes a little time, but the items you need are likely already in your home. Removing grease stains may have seemed hopeless before, but now you know it's possible to get that cotton garment looking brand new again!
If you follow these easy steps you should have no stain anymore on your clothing. Thanks to GrabGreen for their stain removal tips and how to.