How to get rid of grease stains on clothes: the most effective methods

Alina MilsentLife
Life hacks for washing

Most laundry detergents are powerless against the most difficult types of dirt. However, the aggressive components in bleach can damage delicate fabrics, so it's worth trying eco-friendly folk methods.

The main thing is to act quickly before the fat penetrates deep into the fibers. Experts told us about the most effective methods that will always save you from trouble.

Before trying any of the methods below, Karina Toner, manager of Spekless Cleaning, recommends testing the solutions on a small, inconspicuous area of the fabric to make sure they don't cause damage or discoloration.

Life hack №1

Baking soda will help with greasy stains. Mix it with warm water and apply it to the stain. Leave the paste on for 30 minutes, and then use a soft toothbrush or sponge to gently work the mixture into the clothes in a circular motion. Rinse with warm water and machine wash the garment as usual.

Life hack №2

Chris Gamlin, director of Workwear Gurus, an industrial apparel company, recommends using a shampoo formulated for oily hair to remove stains. He advises applying hair wash to the stain, rubbing it in and leaving it on for 15-20 minutes before machine washing.

Life hack №3

Cornstarch can be used to "extract" some of the fat from clothes. Add a little water to the cornstarch to form a thick paste, and then gently rub it into the fibers with a soft-bristled toothbrush. There is an easier way: you can simply sprinkle cornstarch on the wet spot, blot it with a dry cloth, and leave it for five hours before washing.

Life hack №4

This is a rather radical method that is not suitable for delicate fabrics. Mix dishwashing detergent with hydrogen peroxide, apply the mixture to the stain, wait 10-20 minutes, and turn on the machine wash cycle.

Life hack №5

According to experts, alcohol is an excellent fat dissolver. Apply a small amount of the product to the stain with a clean cloth, and then let it stand for at least 30 minutes before washing.

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