Home Remedies for Grease Stains

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Out of all the stains you come in contact with, grease is one of the most dreaded to face. It’s notorious for ruining clothes and leaving behind permanent reminders on some of your favorite things. Don’t you think you should get to know the home remedies for grease stains that can lessen the damage and save items?

Grease Stain Home Remedies

The components of grease and oil make it one tough stain to remove. However, many people have found that the following home remedies for grease stains can clean, remove, and restore the clothing and objects affected by a drop, splatter, or smear.

a) Baby Powder:

When you’re frying foods, it’s hard to avoid the wayward splatter that can so easily stain clothing. Treat a grease splatter on clothes by dabbing on baby powder. Rub in the powder well, and then brush off the excess. Repeat until you see the stain has disappeared.

b) Baking Soda:

When grease marks appear on carpet (such as a fallen pat of butter), use a paper towel to blot up as much of the stain as possible. Sprinkle baking soda over the spot – waiting at least one hour for absorption. Finish up by vacuuming up the leftover powder on the floor.

c) Kitty Litter:

When grease stains your driveway or the floor of your garage, get rid of the unsightly appearance by covering up with kitty litter. When spots are fresh, the litter quickly soaks up most of the oil. For removing older stains, add a bit of paint thinner on the stain before topping with kitty litter. Allow 12 hours to pass and then sweep clean.

d) Chalk:

If a grease spot appears on your clothing or table linen, rub chalk on the stain. Before brushing off the chalk, allow it to absorb the oil. To treat a lingering stain, rub chalk into the stain once more before placing in the laundry.

e) Tape:

When grease spots come in contact with important papers, stop them from spreading by applying transparent tape on both sides of the spot.

f) Club Soda:

If you get grease on a double-knit fabric, pour a small amount of club soda on the stain, and then gently scrub. For grease stains on a carpet, you can forcefully scrub after applying club soda.

g) Vinegar:

Grease stains on the kitchen table or counter respond to a wiping of a cloth dampened with equal parts of white vinegar and water. The vinegar also acts as a neutralizing agent for stains that produce an unpleasant odor.

h) Cornstarch:

When cooking in the kitchen, remove grease spatters on the wall by sprinkling cornstarch onto a soft cloth. Gently rub the grease spot until it vanishes.

i) Rubbing Alcohol and Salt [1]:

When greasy food falls on the rug, make a solution out of 1 part salt and 4 parts rubbing alcohol. Rub the mixture into the grease stain with force – rubbing in the direction of the rug’s natural nap.

j) Salt:

A quick save for clothing dotted with a greasy stain is to apply a large amount of salt on the spot until you can properly clean it. This is a nice remedy for when you are out and about, such as at a restaurant.

Resources

[1] Extraordinary Uses for Ordinary Things; pg. 281.

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