For anyone who’s ever cooked a greasy meal (or eaten it), those pesky oil stains are no stranger. Once they’ve settled into the fabric, it is nearly impossible to remove them. But nearly is the keyword here.
There is a way, so rejoice all you gourmet lovers and stain-haters!
Now, it might take a little elbow grease (get it? grease?), as well as decent amounts of patience, but you can remove that stain from your favorite piece of clothing.
Here are 4 handy tricks to finally clean that pile of shirts you have forever given up on.
1. A Little Effort Goes a Long Way
One method to do this is to ‘reset’ the stain, meaning you need to bring it back to its greasy state. What you’ll need for this job are some Q-tips, a toothbrush, baking soda, WD – 40, scrap cardboard, and liquid soap.
Your first step would be to slip the cardboard between two layers of the fabric that needs fixing, then simply spray the WD on the stained areas.
Next, pour generous amounts of baking soda onto that very same area and use the toothbrush to further scrub the powder until it becomes chunky. Dust off what remains into the sink.
Now repeat this step as many times as it takes, until the baking soda doesn’t become chunky anymore. Now throw the cardboard away and throw the material into your washing machine for a regular wash.
2. Next up: Soap it!
Another thing you can do that is quick and easy, try soaking the dirty stain in Dawn dishwashing soap.
Do so by pouring the liquid onto the stain and rubbing it thoroughly into the material. Just be sure to let it sit there for at least an hour’s time before giving it a good wash.
3. Cheap and Effective: Hairspray!
And in case you don’t have any hairspray lying around, just head (yep, another bad pun) on down to your nearest dollar store and get a bottle!
Show those grease stains no mercy as you spray them and let it sit for a few moments afterward. Then simply wash it and let it air-dry. Repeat if necessary.
4. And Here’s a Weird One For You – Cheese Whiz!
Yep. It turns out that applying some of this tasty snack to old clothes’ stains and letting it set for about 5-10 minutes really does the trick!
After the needed time has passed, all you need to do is toss your ‘treated’ clothes in the washing machine and say goodbye to the grease stains!