Removing Grease Stains

Tips On Removing Grease Stains

How To Remove Grease Stains

So are you stuck with stubborn grease stains forever? Well, you certainly don’t have to be.

These stains can be difficult to remove. In fact, they may just be some of the hardest to get rid of. They are tough on clothing, on skin, and even on other surfaces such as the road or driveway.

There are many different types of grease stains out there and seems they love to just stick onto things, particularly your fabrics. Here are some tips to help you get rid of stubborn and unwanted grease stains that you may encounter.

Types of Grease Stains

The type of grease stain you are dealing with can also affect how you treat it. Do you have car grease, cooking grease, grease from a bike chain, etc?

The type of grease and what type of material it is on will affect how well you are able to remove the stain. Grease on your hands and counter tops can usually be removed fairly easily. Grease on clothing is not as easy to get out.

There are some products designed specifically for cleaning and removing grease and you might find them helpful, especially if you are or live with a mechanic or someone else who frequently comes into contact with oil.

It seems everyone has a method for removing greasy oil stains and it all depends on your situation. But it’s certainly worth a try to check out some of these popular methods before you just throw out those stained items.

Dishwashing Detergent Liquid

You might have heard it before that dishwashing detergent liquid is great at cutting grease. Well it doesn’t just work wonders on your dishes. It can also be a great way to get tough grease off your hands and even grease stains from clothing.

You will always have better results if you use it on a fresh stain but people have claimed it works on even older stains in some fabrics.

  1. Place the detergent directly on the stain.
  2. Allow it to soak into stain for a few minutes
  3. Wash the garment as you normally would.
  4. Before drying, check to be sure the stain is completely removed.

Laundry Detergent Paste

Another great tip is to create a paste out of laundry detergent and some water and rub it directly on the stain before you wash as normal.


Another good tip is to put some full strength Lestoil on the grease stain and rub fabric gently. Rinse and repeat without rinsing. Wash as usual.


If you have a set in grease stain, just spray the stain with WD-40 and let it sit about 30 minutes. Then, treat as a fresh grease stain.

Talcum Powder & Corn Starch

To remove grease stains from any fabric (including leather and delicates) sprinkle corn starch or talcum powder all over stain and leave on overnight.. Then brush off and launder as normal.

Hair Spray

Another great grease stain removal idea is to use a can of hair spray. Spray the hair spray directly on the stain to get rid of it and then wash the fabric as usual.

More Tips For Removing Oily Grease Stains

Here are some more great ideas for getting the grease out. Remember if you try one and it doesn’t work for you, you might benefit from trying another one. You can get rid of these stains if you work on them! People have literally tried everything to get rid of grease stains and some of the things people claim that work makes us wonder how they ever discovered it to begin with.


Spray some Lysol cleaner on the grease stain. Allow to sit for just a bit and then wash as usual. If trying with clothing, test a small area first to be sure it doesn’t ruin the fabric.

Lighter Fluid

Another “home remedy” for removing grease stains is to try a dab of lighter fluid directly on the stain. Be careful of this on colored fabrics and test it first. Also be careful of using too much lighter fluid and then washing in the machine as it can become flammable.

Aloe Vera

Some people have found Aloe Vera gel and a bit of water worked into the fabric at the location of the stain and then rinsed and washed as normal can remove grease.


Another idea is to use ammonia on the stain. You can put a little in the wash with your regular laundry detergent to help remove grease stains or use it to pre-treat directly on the grease stain.