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How to remove kitchen oil/ grease stains from your clothes

Remove oil and grease stains


Oil and grease stains can be a common nuisance in the kitchen, but with the right approach, you can effectively remove them and keep your clothes looking fresh. Here's a step-by-step guide to help you tackle these stubborn stains.

Materials Needed:

  • Paper towels or a clean cloth
  • Dish soap or liquid detergent
  • Baking soda or cornstarch
  • An old toothbrush or soft brush
  • White vinegar (optional)
  • Warm water
  • Stain remover (optional)
  • Washing machine

Steps to Remove Oil/Grease Stains:


Blot the Stain: Use a paper towel or a clean cloth to gently blot the stain, removing as much excess oil or grease as possible. Avoid rubbing, as this can push the stain deeper into the fabric.

Apply Absorbent Powder: Sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch generously over the stain. These powders help absorb the oil. Let it sit for 15-20 minutes, then gently brush it off with an old toothbrush or a soft brush.

Pre-treat with Dish Soap: Apply a few drops of dish soap or liquid detergent directly to the stain. Gently rub the soap into the fabric using your fingers or a toothbrush. Dishwashing liquid is particularly effective against grease because it's designed to cut through oil.

Rinse with Warm Water: Rinse the stained area under warm water to remove the soap and loosen the grease. Make sure to rinse from the back of the fabric to push the oil out rather than further into the material.

Repeat if Necessary: If the stain persists, repeat the process of applying dish soap and rinsing. For particularly stubborn stains, you can also soak the garment in a solution of warm water and a few tablespoons of white vinegar for 30 minutes before washing.

Wash the Garment: Wash the garment in the washing machine on the hottest water setting that is safe for the fabric. Use your regular laundry detergent and, if desired, add a stain remover to the wash cycle for extra cleaning power.

Check Before Drying: Before drying the garment, check to see if the stain is completely gone. Heat from the dryer can set the stain, making it harder to remove. If the stain is still visible, repeat the pre-treatment and washing steps.

Dry the Garment: Once the stain is removed, you can dry the garment as usual, either in the dryer or by air drying.


By following these steps, you can effectively remove kitchen oil and grease stains from your clothes, ensuring they remain clean and presentable.