How to Remove Grease Stains

These stain remover tips are to be used on washable fabrics only. Clothing, upholstery, carpeting, bedding, towels, etc. These tips will work on all types of grease (cooking oil, machinery grease, bicycle grease, etc.). Always blot up excess grease before trying to remove the stain.

NOTE: Always preest fabric remover solutions on a hidden part of the item for color-fastness (test in an inconspicuous place).

GREASE STAINS? Here are some helpful tips to help you remove them.

Dawn dish washing liquid does wonders. Use it like a pre-wash treatment.

Spray Dawn Power Dissolver on the stain.

Equal parts (1/4 cup each) of Simple Green and Dawn in the wash.

Put a small amount of shampoo on a butter or cooking oil stain. This even takes out old grease stains.

Smear Cheese Whiz generously on a grease stain and throw into the laundry. This will even remove bicycle chain grease, butter and cooking oil.

Make a paste with laundry detergent and water and rub onto the grease stain. Let sit for 30 minutes or more before washing.

Put full-strength Lestoil on a grease stain and rub into the fabric gently. Rinse and then repeat without rinsing. Wash as normal.

For a set-in grease stain, spray the stain with WD-40 and let stand for 20 minutes or more. Then rub a dollop of Dawn onto the WD-40 stain and rub in well. Rinse. Then smear a bit more Dawn onto the stain and wash as usual.

Sprinkle talcum powder all over the stain and leave overnight. It is best to hang in the sun. Wash as normal.

If an item has already been washed, you can remove cooking oil, butter, and other food oil stains by pouring Coca Cola or Pepsi directly onto the stain. Let it sit for 5 minutes and then wash as usual. You can also add an entire can of Coke to the wash to remove stains from several garments.

Spray a good amount of hair spray on a grease stain and wash as usual.

Lysol kitchen cleaner poured onto a stain works well. No need to leave it set.

Strange as it may sound, lighter fluid sprinkled onto a grease stain (even if you've washed the item before) can take that stain out. For tougher stains such as bicycle chain grease, squirt the lighter fluid onto the stain and scrub it to loosen the grease. This works great on whites, but be careful with colored fabrics as it will sometimes remove the color. TEST FIRST!

Grease hand cleaner found in a mechanic shop will take the stain right out also. Put a small dab onto the stain, rub it in, and wash normally. Be careful! After several cleanings like this, it can cause a hole in the fabric because it seems to weaken the fibers. This should only be used once in a while.

Soak your item in hot water for about 15 minutes. Then rub Aloe Vera get onto it and the stain comes right out. Wash as usual.

Citrisolve, citrus cleaner is another option. The more concentrated the solution the better. Drop a spot or two onto the spot and let sit for 15 minutes. Then wash as before.

Carbona's Stain Devils have 10 different formulas for different types of stains. You may need to apply it several times, but this will take out stain on clothing that has already gone through the dryer. Hard to find, but look at Kroger's of JoAnn Fabrics.

A bar of Ivory soap, wet, and rubbed across a stained area will take the grease stain out. Let it sit for about 15-30 minutes in warm water. Wash as normal. Check to see that the stain is gone before throwing it into the dryer. If the stain remains, repeat. If the stain is gone, dry normally.

If you have a fresh grease stain, sprinkle cornstarch onto it and let it soak up the grease for a few minutes. Shake it out, drizzle Dawn onto the stain, and wash as usual.

If you have a set grease stain, sprinkle baby powder onto it and let it soak up the grease for a few minutes. Shake it out and wash as usual.

Make a paste of Ajax or Dawn dish washing liquid and baking powder. Rub it onto the stain using an old toothbrush and let sit for 5 minutes before washing as usual.

Spray oven cleaner onto the stain before washing.

Spray or pour tire cleaner onto the stain and then wash normally.

Rub brake parts cleaner on the stain and wash as usual.

I'm sure there are many more tips out there. If you have a tip you'd like to share, please email it to us at so that we can add it to our list.