How to Get Grease Out of Towels

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Things You'll Need

  • Cornstarch

  • Toothbrush or soft-bristled brush

  • Laundry pretreatment

  • Washcloth

  • White vinegar

  • Laundry detergent


Always test a cleaning solution in a small, inconspicuous area to ensure that it does not damage the fabric.

Keep your towels in good condition by removing grease stains as soon as possible.

After you use a towel to clean up grease, you may instinctively put it into the washing machine without treating it first. You need to treat the grease stains immediately before you wash them to protect your towels from the stains. Cooking, automotive and lubricating grease can discolor the towels, and the oil can leave an unpleasant smell.


Step 1

Sprinkle cornstarch over the grease on the towels. Allow the cornstarch to sit for five minutes to absorb the grease.

Step 2

Brush the cornstarch off the grease stains with an old toothbrush or a soft-bristled brush into a trash can.

Step 3

Apply a laundry pretreatment to the stain. Blot the stain with a washcloth to work the pretreatment into the grease stain. Follow the instructions on the product to determine how long to allow it to sit on the stain.


Step 4

Place the towels into the washing machine.

Step 5

Add 1/2 cup of white vinegar to the laundry machine in addition to your regular detergent. This will remove any lingering odors from the towels.

Step 6

Launder the towels according to their care labels. Hang them to dry because the dryer will cause any stains that you did not remove to become permanent. If you still notice the stains, repeat the stain-removal process.



Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette

Angela LaFollette was born in raised in West Virginia, but she currently resides with her husband and children in Minnesota. She is food freelance writer and blogger as well as a full-time stay at home mother. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from Marshall University. Angela's work has appeared on many online publications like Yahoo!, eHow, and Leaf Group.