The best time to treat oily, greasy stains in fabrics is when they’re fresh. If you don’t get to them until your regular laundry day, most will present a challenge. And if you notice them after they’ve been through the dryer? You might be looking at a permanent addition to your wardrobe, but before you resign yourself to that grease spot, give this method a try.
You Will Need:
- Hot water
- Heavy duty liquid laundry detergent
- Washing machine
Steps to Remove the Stain:
- Spray the stain with a generous amount of WD-40. The lubricant from the WD-40 will help to make the oil stain like a fresh stain again.
- Allow it to sit for 30 minutes so the stained area can become fully absorbed with the WD-40.
- Rinse the area with hot water to remove the excess oil.
- Cover the spot with liquid laundry detergent. Rub gently with your fingers to ensure the spot is saturated.
- Allow the laundry detergent to set on the stained area for 30 minutes.
- Wash the piece in the hottest water recommended for the fabric.
- Check to ensure the stain is gone before drying. Repeat as needed, or until you no longer see an improvement.
Additional Tips and Advice
- You can try grease cutting dish soap such as Dawn in place of laundry detergent. Avoid using one with citrus additives (lemon or orange scented, for example) or one with bleach.
- Be careful to keep the WD-40 on the stain only. Overspray may cause the stain to appear to spread in some fabrics.