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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.


  • 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.
  • Step 2: Pretreat it Gently rub colorless dishwashing liquid into the stain and let it stand for a few minutes.
  • Step 3: Soak it Soak the item in hot water for 30 minutes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Step 6: Pretreat again Dab on some laundry prewash detergent and let it stand for 10 minutes.
  • Step 7: Wash it Toss it in the machine and wash it with hot water.
  • TIP: For really stubborn stains, replace half the laundry detergent with baking soda.
  • Step 8: Repeat as needed If you can still see the stain, repeat the entire process.
  • FACT: The price paid for used french-fry grease -- which can be converted to biodiesel fuel -- tripled from 2005 to 2008.

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

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