How To Get Out Grease Stains From Fabric

Don’t panic if you spill grease on your clothes or the couch. Start tackling it instead.


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No matter what you spilled on your clothes or furnishings, we can tell you how to get it out.


You Will Need

  • Salt, baking soda, cornstarch, or talcum powder
  • A gentle brush, like a pastry brush
  • Colorless dishwashing liquid
  • Hot water
  • Laundry prewash detergent


  1. Step 1

    Dry it out

    Sprinkle the stain with salt, baking soda, cornstarch, or talcum powder. Let it stand for 30 minutes, and then brush it away with something gentle, like a pastry brush. Repeat until as much grease as possible has been absorbed.

  2. Step 2

    Pretreat it

    Gently rub colorless dishwashing liquid into the stain and let it stand for a few minutes.

  3. Step 3

    Soak it

    Soak the item in hot water for 30 minutes.

  4. Step 4

    Rinse it

    Flip the item over and run hot water through the back of the stain until it is thoroughly rinsed. If the stain is gone, launder as usual.

  5. Step 5

    Make a paste

    If there's still some stain, apply a paste of three parts baking soda to one part water. Let it dry, then brush it off.

  6. Step 6

    Pretreat again

    Dab on some laundry prewash detergent and let it stand for 10 minutes.

  7. Step 7

    Wash it

    Toss it in the machine and wash it with hot water.

  8. For really stubborn stains, replace half the laundry detergent with baking soda.

  9. Step 8

    Repeat as needed

    If you can still see the stain, repeat the entire process.

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