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How To Remove a Grease Stain From Clothes And Furniture Within 10 Minutes

Updated on December 18, 2013

How To Remove A Grease Stains From Clothing

Sitting at a nice restaurant looking all snazzy in your new Hollister t-shirt and the worse happens, greasy jumbo burger grease drips onto your shirt as you take your first bite. The horror! But you suddenly remember how to treat the grease and use the talcum powder you keep in your purse. Your evening is saved an so is your new t-shirt!

Not being able to remove grease stains from clothing can be costly and embarrassing. But how do we deal with it. If you don't know how to handle this problem you can always button up your sweater to hide your stains.

But in reality you shirt or favorite tee will become the home shirt never to be seen in public again. Well there are some tricks that can save you but take time and sweat.

If you are in public and have a grease stain, you can put talcum powder on it to absorb the stain. Be sure to blot up excess oils first with paper towel first.(Yes you will have to carry a trial size of talcum power. I'm sure you've carried worse!)

What You Will Need To Remove Grease Stains

  • talcum powder
  • paper towels/cloth

After about 10 minutes use a dry soft and fluffy clothe to brush of the powder. This same treatment can be used on furniture.

How To Remove Grease Stains From Other Fabric

If you are home you can place a piece of brown paper bag or towel over the grease spot and use the tip of a warm iron to help absorb the stain.

  • Clothe
  • Furniture
  • Carpet

When you wash your clothe any stain left should be removed. But you would have stopped more damage by treating the stain quickly. For un-washable fabrics pre-treat them with fabric protection spray you can find at your nearest drug store before an accident can happen.

What about candle wax?

If you have greasy wax that's the problem, you may want to try rubbing a little mild liquid detergent first before placing an absorbent cloth such as an old t-shirt before using a warm iron to melt the wax. I also did this for wax on a carpet without the detergent. Just keep ironing on a clean section of the t shirt until it is all gone. Brush carpet afterward.

There are also liquid stain removers you can use on carpets and furniture for other questionable stains like red wine stains. But knowing how to remove stains like red wine and grease stains will come in handy when accidents happen.

The one thing to remember is a grease stain has already ruined your clothe, so it should be no hesitation before trying to repair the damage.

Hopefully these tips to remove grease from clothe help in an amazing way. Good Luck and happy stain removal!


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    • Elearn4Life profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Matthews 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for your comment and your vote Patsybell!

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      Patsy Bell Hobson 

      3 years ago from zone 6a, SEMO

      I like the way you write. It's conversational and I feel like you are talking to me. Voted up, UI. Tweet

    • Elearn4Life profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Matthews 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for your comment bethperry. "Each one teach one I" always say.

    • bethperry profile image

      Beth Perry 

      3 years ago from Tennesee

      Interesting! It never crossed my mind to try powder for this. I will have to keep some on hand and thanks for posting!

    • Elearn4Life profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Matthews 

      3 years ago

      Thanks for commenting Jackie. It's the simple things that can help when we least expect.

      @ Mary- Sorry I missed this notification. Yes industrial grease can be very tricky..

    • Jackie Lynnley profile image

      Jackie Lynnley 

      3 years ago from The Beautiful South

      Great tip; happens often. (I should carry a bib) but I will put a small talc I already have sitting around in my purse! Thank you.

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      6 years ago from Charlotte, NC

      I guess it all depends on the type of grease stain that you have. Lithium or industrial grease may prove to be more of a challenge to remove. I'm looking for something that will save me from buying new clothes. thanks

    • Elearn4Life profile imageAUTHOR

      Darlene Matthews 

      7 years ago

      Thanks for your comment EYM. You are welcomed.

    • ExpandYourMind profile image


      7 years ago from Midwest USA

      Thanks for the tips. I actually have a small container of powder I keep in my glove box.


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