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It’s quite a curious matter, how we always manage to get all sorts of substances on our clothes, be it during a cooking mishap or even while greasing our bicycle chains. Arguably, the worst part about staining your clothes is the fear that if you don’t wash it in time, the stain will remain there always, proudly emblazoned onto your clothing. Among the more common substances known to stain clothing is grease.

Different Types of Grease Stains:

  • Cooking oil
  • Petroleum
  • Bicycle chain oils
  • Lubricant

Worry not, however, as there are many ways to get rid of greasy stains, even if they have been there for a while. So, how to get grease stains out of clothes?

Products for Removing Grease Stains:

  • Laundry Detergent and Dishwashing Liquid
  • Clothes brush and any soft-bristled brush (Optional)
  • Powder of any sort, ranging from baby powder to cornstarch (Optional)


  • Baking Soda
  • Water
  • Dishwashing detergent
  • Clothes brush and any soft-bristled brush (Optional)

Pre-Treating the Fabric

Firstly, if the grease is still wet, it is recommended that one pre-treats the fabric, especially for traditional textiles such as that of cotton or denim. (For more delicate materials, such as velvet or suede, other methods should be employed to avoid damaging the clothing, as will be elaborated shortly.) Spread powder of any sort, be it baby powder or corn starch, over the stain, and let it soak up the grease for at least thirty minutes. If the grease is still wet, brush off the powder, and repeat the process. It should result in some discoloring of the stain, making it easier to wash off the rest of it. However, if you are in a hurry or if you don’t have any powder on hand, this step could be skipped.

Washing Out the Stain

For this next step, one can choose to use either dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent. Gently rub the product of your choice into the stained area of the fabric, then soak the clothing in some hot water. However, before you do so, check the label of the dress to see how warm precisely the water should be, to prevent damaging your clothing. Any dishwashing liquid or laundry detergent used should first be tested on a hidden part of the dress, such as the inside of a sleeve or at a fold in the garment.It would ensure that the dishwashing liquid or detergent used won’t discolor or bleach the clothing.

For a particularly stubborn stain, one can also choose to use both products. To do this, first gently rub dishwashing liquid on the stain. To do this, one can choose to use a soft-bristled brush (e.g., An old toothbrush or clothes brush) or just use their fingers. Then, rinse the dishwashing liquid out. Next, gently rub laundry detergent into the stain, and run water over the fabric again to wash the dishwashing liquid out. Check to see if the stain is still prominent, and if it is, repeat the steps. Once the stain has disappeared, the clothing can then be hung out to dry or put it in the dryer.

There is also a way to get rid of stains without the use of laundry detergent, and that is through making a homemade paste. First, make a paste of baking soda and water, and apply it to the stained area. Leave it until it’s dried. Then, soak the article of clothing in warm water, but remember to check the maximum temperature in which the garment can be absorbed. Next, pour dishwashing liquid into the water, to ensure that the stain will disappear. Scrub with a soft-bristled brush, or with your fingers if necessary.

Washing Stains Out of Suede

On the other hand, to clean grease stains off of suede clothing, one should prepare cornstarch and vinegar. Firstly, the cornstarch should be spread to cover the entire stain to soak up the oil.It should last for about twenty to thirty minutes long. Next, gently sweep away the starch with a suede brush or with your fingers. Touch the stain with your fingers to gauge if the stain is wet, and if it is, repeat this step. When the stain is dry, gently dab vinegar onto the suede cloth, and rub gently o the area till the grease is removed, then let it dry.

Washing Stains Out of Silk

For silk clothing, get your dish detergent and baby powder handy. First off, apply the powder to the stained area to let it absorb the oil. For the next twenty minutes, let it be, then gently brush it off with a soft-bristled brush or with your fingers. Next, pour dish detergent onto the cloth and let it sit for about half an hour. Lastly, rinse the garment out carefully and dry it out.


All in all, the above tricks and steps show you how to get grease stains out of clothes and should be able to help remove even the most stubborn grease stains. If all else fails, or if you don’t possess the required products/time for stain removal, you could always send the clothing to a professional to be cleaned up.