How to Get Grease Stains Out of Clothing

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Things You'll Need

  • Ivory soap or grease-cutting dishwashing liquid

  • Paper towel

  • Washing machine


Petroleum-based aerosol solvent stain removal sprays are an effective store-bought solution to grease stains, according to Ohio State University Extension.


Do not dry the garment in the dryer if the stain is still present. Drying the item before the stain is removed can set the stain and it will not come out.

Splattered cooking grease can leave spots on your clothes if not removed promptly.

Grease stains can be difficult to remove. Grease soaks into the fabric and adheres to the material, leaving a darker patch on fabric. Whether you've been splattered with bacon grease while cooking, or had a salad-dressing mishap, using a cleaning technique and materials geared to the particular makeup of a grease stain can help you rescue your clothes from the rag bin.

Step 1

Dab the stained area with a paper towel to remove as much grease as possible, for freshly stained items. Dab the material on both sides of the garment.

Step 2

Apply Ivory bar soap or any kind of dishwashing liquid that is made for grease, such as Dawn to the grease spot. If you are using the bar of soap take the soap and wet it slightly. Take the soap and rub it across the stained area and allow it to sit for about five minutes. If you are using the dishwashing liquid, squirt some onto the stain and lightly work the liquid into the stain using your fingertip.

Step 3

Place the item into warm water after using the cleaning product. Allow it to soak about 15 to 30 minutes, depending on the stain. After soaking, place the garment into the washer and wash as normal.

Step 4

After washing check the garment for the stain. If the stain is still present repeat steps 2 and 3. If the stain is gone, dry normally.