It happens when you least expect it—you accidentally get a grease stain on your favorite shirt. You try to clean it, but the stain remains. Is there any way to remove grease from clothing?
Thankfully, there is a way to remove grease stains from clothing, even if it’s already set. You’ll see many grease stain removal tips on the internet, but not all of them work well.
Here’s what you need to know to save your favorite garments from the trash.
Why Is It Hard to Remove Grease From Clothes?
Grease is a type of lipid, which means it’s insoluble or incapable of being dissolved in water. Unfortunately, this makes it tough to get out of clothing since grease latches onto the fibers of your garments.
It’s best to treat a grease stain while it’s fresh, but it’s not always possible to do this. You might be at work or in a restaurant when the stain happens, for instance.
The good news is that you can treat a stain that’s already set in many cases.
Dish soap, particularly Dawn, is one of the first ideas that come to mind when many people think of grease stain removal. After all, it’s a degreaser, and Dawn dish soap has been used since 1989 to help animals affected by oil spills.
But how effective is it at removing grease stains from clothing?
It depends on the type of fabric and the freshness of the stain.
The method is to dab some dish soap on the stain and allow it to sit for around 30 minutes. Afterward, people recommend washing it in hot water. Sometimes the stain will disappear using this method.
Another popular method of removing grease is to sprinkle baking soda on the stain and let it sit for around 5-10 minutes. This allows the baking soda to absorb the grease.
Use a clean toothbrush to scrub the baking soda into the stain. Remove the dirty baking soda and repeat the process until it’s clean.
Place the garment in the washing machine on hot. This method is mostly effective and often more effective than dish soap, but it’s still possible that traces of the stain will remain.
The most effective method to remove grease from surfaces, including clothing, is to use a degreaser spray. That said, some degreasers are flammable, so it’s vital to wash the garment thoroughly after treating the stain before it goes anywhere near the dryer.
There are also non-flammable options. When you buy degrease spray for your clothes, you want to make sure it’s natural. NANO CLEAN & degrease is natural and works on all surfaces, including fabric.
Remove Grease Stains and Save Your Clothes
The faster you act to remove grease stains, the better the results. So grab your clothes and give these methods a try to see if you can save them from the trash bin.
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