Grease stains are common but a handful to get rid of. Whether you’re having pizza, going on an important factory visit, or simply giving your vehicle a quick look, you’re bound to face some grease stains if you’re not prepared. Any piece of clothing can be ruined with a grease stain, especially light coloured ones. Because oil or grease solidifies at room temperature, it’s difficult to simply rub or wash it off.
Let’s look at some ways on how you can remove grease stains easily.
Things you’ll need to remove grease stains:
- Baking soda
- Paper or tissue
- Baby powder/cornstarch
For external surfaces or set in-stains
Remove any excess grease by blotting the cloth down with paper or tissue. Sprinkle some baking soda on the cloth and allow it to sit for a day.
Brush off the baking soda with a toothbrush and spray the stain with some vinegar. Scrub with warm soapy water using a brush and rinse.
Small stains/ cooking stains
Oil spills or splashes happen along with your attempts at being masterchef. Luckily, chalk absorbs oil very efficiently. First, pat down the cloth to remove grease stains. Now cover the whole stain by rubbing chalk on it. Let chalk absorb the grease. Wash the cloth off after an hour.
For the new stains/watery stains
Sprinkle some baby powder/cornstarch (depending on Availablity) on the stain as soon as it happens. Let them absorb the oil and sit for a while. Now brush off the powders with a toothbrush and wash with warm soapy water.
For stubborn or old stains – all surfaces
Now if the above methods don’t work, you can try washing the stain. But a dryer might make things worse and set the stain in even further due to heat. For these situations, you can spray some WD-40 on the stain and leave it for a few minutes. Then wash it off with warm soapy water and the stain will come right off.
Pro Tip: when dealing with grease, always wear protective gear or at least an apron.