Getting grease spot out of clothing

linnea56March 18, 2011

I got a spot of vegetable oil on some new grey colored jeans. I treated it first by sponging with what was there (hand soap and a wash cloth). That didn�t work, though it spread it. The area rubbed is a bit lighter, though, so the dye must be unstable.

Then I soaked the spot with pure liquid laundry detergent, overnight, and washed it. Jeans label said wash in cold water. So I did, but that possibly is why it didn't come out all the way. I let it air dry (did not use dryer).

It's still there, though lighter.

Is there some better alternative to doing what I have been? Should I pre-treat with Dawn liquid dish detergent, since that is advertised as a grease cutter?

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I'm not an expert, but spot cleaning with Dawn might help. However, I believe that if that were the case, the hand soap would have removed the stain.

When I was having problems with makeup not coming out of collars, I contacted the company that makes Shout because it wasn't working. They directed me to Shout Advanced aerosol foam, which is formulated for greasy stains. It failed to get the makeup completely out, but it has worked well on other greasy stains. You may have to apply it to the entire garment to keep it a uniform color.

Here is a link that might be useful: Shout

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 9:22AM
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I use the shout spray or some Greased lightning

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 11:43AM
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I haven't had good luck with regular Shout. It's better than nothing, but not nearly enough even for my regular laundry.

I have not heard of Greased lightning. I just google searched it. Which product do you use for laundry?

    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 12:11PM
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I use to work at a tool manufacturing plant and always used Simple Green in the spray bottle to remove grease from my clothing. I never diluted it before spraying, used it full strength and washed in warm water.

I've used it on older grease spots with luck also. It never hurt anything and worked great for me. Hope this will get rid of your grease spot for you. I also use Simple Green for the tops of my cupboards and it cuts the build up better than anything I've found. I wouldn't be w/o it!


    Bookmark   March 19, 2011 at 11:44PM
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I have used both Simple Green and Dawn on grease spots that have been washed and gone through the dryer. They both did the job well. Full removal.

    Bookmark   March 22, 2011 at 8:24PM
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Is cold or warm water recommended after pretreating the grease stain? Had the same problem with two of my son's polo shirts. Of course, he had no idea he dripped something on it. I used Dawn and Tide first and washed in cold/cold and hung to dry 0 did not place in dryer. Stains were slightly visible, so I used my trusted concoction of Lestoil, Solumel, Dawn and Shout and used a sponge to gently work it into the fabric. Finally, after two washings, the stains were gone.

I swear by Lestoil - an old product that has been around for quite a while, but hard to find in some areas.

Sooo, is cold, warm or hot water reommended for removing grease (food) stains?

    Bookmark   March 22, 2011 at 10:41PM
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I use warm and have had no problem.

    Bookmark   March 23, 2011 at 10:30AM
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