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How to Get Grease Out of Clothes

If you’ve enjoyed a nice, juicy hamburger for lunch, or have spent a sunny Sunday working outside on your car, you may be wondering how to get grease stains out of clothes. Grease stains happen to us all, but the good news is that although they can look bad, they’re actually very easy to remove. Hot water is key to getting rid of grease, but always check the care labels on the clothing first as some materials like wool and silk could become damaged in higher temperatures

However, there’s a quick and easy secret to cleaning delicates ­– read on to find out!   Still worried about how to remove grease stains? Don’t be! There are lots of different methods that are really effective. You could...  

Remove Grease Stains with Laundry Detergent

Your favourite laundry detergent might be great at getting your clothes clean in the washing machine, but did you know that it could also be used as an effective pre-treatment? You’ll get best results when using a detergent that’s specifically designed to get rid of greasy stains, like Persil liquid that promises brilliant stain removal for stains such as hamburger grease and mechanical grease, even in a quick wash.

Use the handy Stain Eraser Ball to apply a small amount of detergent to the stain, and allow to soak in for around 30 minutes. This gives the detergent time to really soak in deep down and tackle the stain right at the source. Rinse in hot water to flush away any surface grease, and then wash at 40 degrees – hot water is bad news for grease, but good news for that stain!  

Get Rid of Grease Stains with Dishwashing Soap

No laundry detergent on hand? No problem. Add Persil liquid to your shopping list, and then reach for your dishwashing soap – the same stuff you used to clean that casserole dish last night. Dishwashing soap is a favourite when it comes to grease stain removal as it’s designed to cut through residues left by fatty meats and cooking fats. You can use dishwashing soap in much the same way you’d use detergent (just don’t put it in your washing machine, unless you want a kitchen full of bubbles!).

Apply to the stain and let it soak for 30 minutes – remember to always test your solution on a hidden area of the garment first. As dishwashing soap isn’t designed to soak deep down into fibres, use an old toothbrush to massage the soap into the fabric for best results. Rinse in hot water, and wash as normal.  

Top tip: If you're always washing clothes in a hurry (and who likes to linger over the laundry?) then it's a good idea to keep a pack of high quality washing capsules on hand. Since they're predosed, all you have to do is pop them in the drum – checking the label for advice on one cap or two – and they'll do the hard work for you. Persil Powercaps are a good bet for jobs like greasy clothes - they dissolve fast to get to work quickly.

Use Baking Powder for Grease Stain Removal

This method is perfect if you’ve checked the care labels on your clothing and found that the material is quite delicate. Although delicate materials can’t always be treated with the same intensity as cotton, for example, that doesn’t mean removing grease stains is impossible.

Begin by soaking up any excess with a paper towel, and then sprinkle a generous helping of baking soda onto the stain. It might seem like a strange method, but baking soda is very absorbent, and will help to draw the grease out of the fabric.

Leave the baking soda on overnight for best results, then shake off the powder and wash at 30 degrees with Persil Silk & Wool, which will take care of even the most delicate of materials.   Now that you know how to remove grease from clothes quickly, easily, and effectively, there’s no excuse for denying yourself, or your family, a tasty burger treat on a Friday night, and there’s no excuse for not getting out there and fixing your car or bike! With laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, and baking powder on hand, you’ve got everything you need to tackle those stains head on.

Need to tackle any other tricky stains? Check out the stain removal section for handy tips!

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