After searching all day for how to do this, I tested it all out for you.
We all know a few questionable granny techniques for cleaning a stain or two, but I wanted to find some simple tricks that I’m sure will work.
In the list are household products as well as more professional products, you just have to find the one that suits you!
Before using them, always check that they are compatible with the material of your clothes to avoid damaging them.
Keep reading to see how to get oil stains out of clothes.
1. Dishwashing liquid
This solution is simple, just rub the grease stain gently with a toothbrush. Then let your garment sit overnight with the dishwashing liquid on the stain. The next day, you can rinse with water and run a normal machine wash cycle.
Using your favorite shampoo, you can gently scrub the oil or grease stain on your clothing with a toothbrush. Once the shampoo is well soaked, let it sit overnight. The next day, rinse with water and run a normal wash cycle.
3. Bar Soap
Using the exact same method as with the shampoo, rub your bar soap on the stain you want to remove. Let it sit overnight. The next day, rinse with water and run a normal wash cycle.
4. Laundry Detergent
As with soap or shampoo, gently rub the detergent onto the stain to be removed, let it sit for a few minutes and rinse thoroughly with water. Then run a normal wash cycle. Some detergents may have usage tips on the labels, so don’t miss them.
5. Lemon and Vinegar
Prepare a bath for your outfit of warm water, lemon and white vinegar. Let it soak for a few hours and rinse the next day by rubbing the stain in the rinse water. If there are still a few marks, scrub with dishwashing liquid and rinse again. When finished, you can run a normal wash cycle.
Pour some cornstarch on the grease stain and let it sit for a few hours. The cornstarch should then absorb most of the grease. Rinse and run a normal wash cycle.
7. Baking Soda
Pour a few pinches of Baking soda directly onto the grease stain and let it sit for a few hours, ideally overnight so that it absorbs the grease. The next day, you can rinse your garment with water and run a normal wash cycle.
Borax works in a similar way as baking soda. It’s best to make a small paste by mixing borax with lemon juice and gently rubbing the stain with it. Let it sit for a few hours and rinse with clean water. Then run a normal wash cycle.
9. Baby Powder
Baby powder is easy to find and works great for removing stains! Sprinkle it on the stain generously and work it in with a toothbrush. Let it sit for an hour and rinse with water. Run a normal wash cycle.
10. Spot Remover
For this method we use boiling water, so pay attention to the composition of your garment, some can’t stand the heat.
Apply the spot remover on the stain to be removed and rub gently with a hand or a toothbrush. Meanwhile, bring a large volume of water to a boil. Once the water is boiling, remove it from the heat and immerse your garment. Let it sit, stirring occasionally. Once the water is cold again, rinse and run a normal wash cycle.
11. Heavy Duty Hand Cleaner
There are a lot of brands for this product. It is initially used to wash your hands after working on a bike or car, so remove all the grease. Good news, you can also use the product to clean stains on clothes! Just take a little in your hand and gently rub the grease stain you want to remove. Once the area is well scrubbed, simply run a normal wash cycle.
12. Fast Orange
Not everyone has a bottle of this at home. However, Fast Orange is a widely used industrial cleaner that you can find in some bike stores. The use is very simple, whether it is to clean your hands or clothes. Just rub the grease stain gently with a little Fast Orange and let it sit. Rinse after a few hours and the stain should be gone.
13. Bike Degreaser
This one isn’t originally intended for cleaning clothes, but can still sometimes help when you use a tiny bit on a persistent stain. Just spray a tiny bit on the stain, scrub gently with a toothbrush and rinse gently with water. When all this is done, run a normal wash cycle.
WD-40 is most useful for cleaning a stain that has been there for a long time. Putting it on a dry stain will make it fresh again, so it will be easier to clean it with one of the methods listed above.
What to do next?
Now you know how to remove grease stains from clothes. The best thing to do is to learn some techniques to avoid getting them too often.