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How to remove grease stains from clothes

Found a bit of bike grease on your jeans after finally fixing those brakes? Coat caught in your rear spokes during a peaceful bike ride? Not to worry. Bike grease stains may look tough, but they can be pretty simple to deal with. Here’s a handy guide to grease stain removal from clothes of all kinds, from cotton to silk – so you can hop back on your bike as quickly as possible.

How to remove grease stains from clothes

Before we explain how to remove grease from clothes, we’d like to whisper a few secrets to success in your ear:

  • Firstly, if you want to ride off into the sunset stain-free, you need to act fast. The longer you leave the stain, the harder it will be to remove.
  • The second secret is to put your fabric first. Some bike grease stain removal methods are tougher than others, so read the garment’s care label before you start your treatment to choose the best option for your fabric. When in doubt, test the method on a small, hidden area of the garment.

How to clean grease from clothes with washing up liquid

For fresh bike grease stains on durable fabrics, such as cotton and synthetics.

  1. Treat with washing up liquid and baking soda. Washing up liquid is designed to break down the grease on your pots and pans, and works surprisingly well on clothes, too. Combine the liquid with a little bit of baking soda so that you have a thick paste, then gently rub it into the stain using a clean (unwanted) toothbrush.
  2. Rinse with cold water. Hold the garment under a cold tap, stain-side-down, so that the water flushes out most of the washing up liquid and bike grease.
  3. Wash the item as you normally would. That is, according to the wash care instructions on the label. Use Surf excel detergent for some extra stain removal power. Check to see if the stain has gone before moving on to the final step. If it’s still there, repeat steps 1-3.
  4. Let the garment dry naturally. Keep checking for stains as it dries in case you need to repeat the process. Make sure that the stain has disappeared without a trace before you tumble dry or iron your garment, as the extra heat can make grease marks permanent.

Tip: Trying to remove a dried grease stain? Cover the area with a bit of talcum powder or corn flour before following the steps above. Leave it on for ten minutes or more to absorb the grease, and then simply brush it off!

How to remove grease from clothes using laundry detergent

For bike grease stains on synthetics – fresh or dry.

  1. Apply a pre-treatment. Dip your finger in Surf excel liquid detergent and dab it onto the stain. Carefully rub the detergent in using a clean toothbrush. Let it sit there for about 5-15 minutes.
  2. Rinse with cold water. Pop the item under the cold tab stain-side-down, letting the water run through the fabric.
  3. Wash as usual, and allow to dry naturally. Just check the garment’s care label for instructions.

Hint: Never use this method to remove stains on delicate fabrics, like lace or silk. Consult the care label first, and bring your stained item to a professional for advice on how to remove a grease stain if you’re unsure.

How to remove grease stains from clothes using baking soda

For dried grease stains on delicate materials, such as silk and wool.

  1. Sprinkle baking soda onto the stain and leave overnight. Gently brush the powder off in the morning.
  2. Wash according to the instructions on the label. Although some delicates can be washed on a special ‘delicates’ cycle, many need to be hand washed.

Bike grease stain removal really is as simple as that. So the next time you spot those dreaded black stains on your trousers after a ride, relax – you’ve got it covered.

How Do I Get A Cooking Oil Stain Out Of A Shirt?


You didn’t mention the color of the t-shirt or the fiber content. That’s OK—I’ve got several different options for you to try based on what’s common for a typical t-shirt.

A really effective product to use on cooking oil stains is actually liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you use for hand washing dishes) because it is formulated for greasy dishes. Because liquid dishwashing detergent generally makes lots and lots of suds, you only want to use it for pretreating and rinse it away before you put the item in a clothes washer; otherwise it’s possible you’ll end up with excessive foam. Here’s a great technique you can use to get these stains out:

  1. . Work on the stain when the fabric is dry. That is, don’t rinse the oily stain with water first.
  2. . Use a little liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you use for hand washing dishes) to pretreat the stains. Apply a few drops to each stain and let it soak in, rubbing it gently to help work it all the way in if you need to. Wait 5 minutes, and then rinse with warm water
  3. . For a white cotton or poly/cotton t-shirt (that doesn’t also include spandex—check the care label to be sure!), wash in hot water using a good laundry detergent and ½ cup Clorox® Regular Bleach2.
  4. . For a t-shirt that has color (or a white tee that includes some spandex), wash in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster.
  5. . Air dry the item and check for success

I know the air drying step can be a real pain, but it’s important—damp or wet fabric can hide residual oil left behind. If you miss any of the oily stain when you pretreat with the dishwashing detergent, you’ll probably have some residual oil that you can get all the way out by repeating the treatment starting again on dry fabric.

I hope this helps! Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you for writing!

–Dr. Laundry

Jolie Kerr is a cleaning expert and advice columnist. She’ll be here every week helping to answer your filthiest questions. Are you dirty? Email her.

About a year ago, I dripped some pizza grease on my favorite shirt. I applied dish soap to the spot, lathered, and rinsed it with cold water in the sink before throwing the shirt in the wash. It came out stained. I tried washing it once more to no avail, and when that didn’t work I put it aside to take to a dry cleaner. But it never made it there, and after catching sight of it for weeks (months) and feeling shame/guilt about my clumsiness and inability to deal with the stain, I got rid of it.

Fast forward to last night, when after a long day I sloppily dropped a greasy take-out noodle on my latest favorite shirt. I once again immediately took it off, applied soap to the spot, added a bit of water, and worked it into a lather with my fingertips. I left it for about 20 minutes before rinsing it and hanging it to dry.

Not sure why I expected different results from doing the exact same thing, but of course I woke up this morning to find that the dark stain is still there, as is a lighter patch around it, where I guess the soap didn’t rinse out all the way.

Jolie, what am I doing wrong? What do I do now, with my no-longer-fresh stain? Should I just take it to the dry cleaner? What do I do the next time I get grease on my favorite shirt, because I’m clumsy and it will happen again? A magical solution to stop getting grease on my favorite shirts would also be appreciated.

I have a magical solution! Actually, I have, like, five magical solutions (for getting grease out; can’t help you stop the grease there in the first place, sorry). But before we get into what they are, let’s talk about the dish soap approach for a second.

You didn’t do anything wrong. You used a tried-and-true and oft-recommended method for treating a fresh grease stain. It just didn’t work for you! That’s just a thing that will happen, I’m sorry to report. That’s a general bit of advice to bear in mind when it comes to stain removal and even other kinds of cleaning—sometimes a product or method that one person swears by simply won’t work for someone else. Who knows why? Maybe it has to do with differences in the water supply, maybe a product is old and has lost some of its efficacy, maybe the wind is just blowing in the wrong direction or you’ve been cursed by a powerful witch. The instinct to try something else (in this case, dry cleaning) was spot on. I am, however, a little concerned that in the course of laundering your pizza-befouled shirt, you may have put it in the dryer still stained, in which case it was probably a goner because heat will set a stain, making it unlikely to come out even with repeated treatments. So, the fact that you never made it to the dry cleaner doesn’t much matter.

That brings us nicely to one of the most vexing things about grease stains: Of all the stains in all the lands and all the seas, it’s the one most likely to look like it’s been removed in the wash, even if it’s still there. The nature of grease stains is that they generally darken the fabric they’re soiling, which means when you take, say, a grease-stained shirt out of the wash, the wet fibers can obscure the remaining stain. This is an entirely infuriating fact of life and the reason why I want to strongly encourage you to always allow a garment that’s been stained with oil or grease to air dry post-washing, rather than tossing it in the dryer. Better to be safe than sorry.

With that general advice out of the way, let’s talk magical solutions.

Lestoil or Pine Sol

This is my personal favorite, and the one that I personally use when a grease stain sullies an item of clothing in my care: Dab the stain with a bit of Lestoil or Pine Sol, and then launder as usual, remembering to pull the garment out of the wash to air dry before transferring the rest of the load to the dryer.

It’s weird, to be sure, to use a product most of us think of as the stuff with which we clean the floors, but both Lestoil (which is my poison) and Pine Sol work exceedingly well as grease- and oil-stain removers. Both are made by the same company (Clorox), and they are similar but not identical degreasers. I swear by Lestoil but it can be harder to find than Pine Sol, so if you can’t locate Lestoil grab a bottle of Pine Sol and stash it with your laundry supplies.


Cornstarch is another great solution to your grease-stain woes, and can be used effectively even on older, more set-in stains. I have personally witnessed a pile of cornstarch remove an older oil stain caused by a samosa from a silk sari, so I speak to this from a place of deep understanding.

To use cornstarch as a stain removal agent, lay the garment flat in a place where it can sit, undisturbed, for at least an hour. Pile cornstarch atop the stain and walk away. That’s all! After an hour, or more if you feel like it/have left the house/are lazy or forgetful, brush away the cornstarch and remove any residual powder using a damp sponge or rag. If there’s still a trace of the stain, treat that using a good grease-cutting dish soap like Dawn, Palmolive, or Seventh Generation—or just use any one of the other options presented here.


God bless WD-40, seriously. The stuff does everything and if don’t currently have a can in your home you should run out right now to get one. I’ll wait.

OK, everyone’s got their WD-40 in hand? Marvelous! For grease stains, spray the WD-40 on the stained area (using the straw will help you control how much you’re applying to the fabric) and allow it to sit for 15-30 minutes. Next, rub a small amount of liquid laundry detergent or dish soap into the stain and allow that to sit for another 15-30 minutes, then launder as usual and air dry to ensure that the stain is completely gone before the garment sees the interior of a dryer.

Shampoo for Oily Hair

Much like grease-cutting dish soap, shampoo that’s designed for use on oily hair can be put to good use when it comes to removing grease and oil stains from clothing. This trick works best on a fresh stain, and is as simple as massaging a bit of shampoo into the stain with your fingers, flushing with cold running water, and then laundering as usual.

Mechanics Soap

You know what mechanics frequently find themselves needing to clean up? Right! Grease and oil. So it stands to reason that mechanics soap will work wonders on those kinds of stains; some brands to look out for are Lava and GOJO. To use them, apply to the stain and allow the product to work for 15-30 minutes before laundering separate of other clothes (this is a good time to wash cleaning rags or old towels) so that the mechanics soap doesn’t cause an entire load to smell of that product. This is an especially good product for people who ride bikes or motorcycles to know about, as it will treat those horrible black stains caused by grease on chains.

OK! So there are all of my magic tricks, or at least some of them—I mean, I didn’t even mention the one about the Coca-Cola.

Do your clothes have oil stains that are still there after washing them? Or did you find grease stains fresh out of the dryer? This is the easiest way to get oil out of clothes, and you already have these ingredients around your house.

Have you ever sat down to fold laundry fresh out of the dryer only to find oil stains or grease stains on your clothes?

No matter how hard you try sometimes, food with cooking oils can ruin our clothing.

oil stains on T-shirt

Today, we’re going to get stubborn oil stains out with just a few supplies you probably already have around the house.

And don’t worry if you’ve already washed and dried those stains. While it’s true that a dryer will “set in” those oil stains, you’re going to learn the trick on how to “revive” the oil stain and wash it out for good.


It took me a few years to learn to check for stains before putting them in the wash, but for years, I dealt with set in oil stains. I came across this method when I found myself without a stain pre-treater or spot remover.

I’ve tried this method on cotton and polyester, and this method works best on cotton. On synthetic fabrics, you may have to repeat the process OR allow the detergent to work longer before putting it in the wash.

Disclaimer: Do not attempt this on “dry clean only” clothing. Use your own judgment before proceeding.

How to Get Oil Stains out of Clothes

Supplies needed for oil stain removal

You will need to prepare your workspace with a few items. Make sure you have plenty of natural light, as overheard artificial lighting can make it hard to see the oil stains.

  • WD-40
  • Q-tips (optional)
  • baking soda
  • scrap of cardboard
  • Dawn liquid soap (or any other liquid detergent on hand)
  • a sturdy brush
  • your regular laundry routine after stain removal

Why this method works

In searching for ways to remove oil stains, I remember I read somewhere that you can “revive” old oil by adding a little more oil.

I tried vegetable oil and olive oil, and the only thing I accomplished was making the oil stain worse. It got larger and more apparent.

A neighbor recommended I try WD-40 to remove oil stains. She said she used it all the time.

WD-40 might be a tad extreme, but since we already WASHED and DRIED these oil stains on high heat, what do we have to lose?

It’s unconventional, and probably not something you’d call non-toxic, but sometimes you gotta do what you gotta do.

1. Reviving the Oil Stain

Preparing the clothing

If your stains are on a shirt, shorts, dress or any article of clothing that doesn’t have buttons to open, don’t skip this step.

Place your scrap of cardboard underneath the stains, between the front and back of the t-shirt (or other article of clothing).

This is important because you do not want the WD-40 to spread through the stain to the back of the shirt and create a new stain.

Carefully apply WD-40

If your stains are super tiny, try spraying some WD-40 in a shallow bowl (or a spoon) and use Q-tips to dab it on stains.

Same goes if your WD-40 does not have a sprayer attachment.

If your can of WD-40 does has a spray attachment, this will be pretty straight forward.

Gently spray the center of each stain. Less is more. The WD-40 will spread!

Even if your squirt doesn’t cover the whole stain, give it a minute, especially if the stain is on the smaller side. It will spread and cover the entire stain.

2. Lifting the Stain

Sprinkle with baking soda

I read that baking soda is great at just about 1,000,000 different things.

So I wondered…would it work to remove oil stains?

Pour a pile of baking soda on the oil stain. Make sure you add more than you think you’ll need!

Brushing in baking soda

Bring out the toothbrush and spread the baking soda into the stain.

The baking soda will absorb all of the oil that the WD-40 helped revive. It’s important to brush the baking soda well into the fabric to get all of the oils out.

Continue brushing until you end up with slightly lumpy chunks of soda. Dust off the excess baking soda into a sink.


Next, we’re going to repeat the process of scrubbing baking soda. Pour more baking soda on the grease stains and brush the baking soda into the fabric.

You want to see the same lumps of baking soda as the last step, but they should be smaller this time.

Repeat this process until you have next to no lumps of baking soda. Some stains are bigger than others and you might have to repeat a third or fourth time.

You will then have something that looks like the image below.

Notice the fine powdery baking soda everywhere. This is what your baking soda should look like when you’ve taken out most of the oils: a fine, dry dusting with no major lumps.

Also, look at how the oil stain transferred to the cardboard scrap.

Had we skipped the cardboard, this would’ve transferred to the other side of the clothing as well!

3. Pre-treating the Stain

After we are done soaking up the oil or grease by brushing baking soda into the stain, we move on to the liquid dish soap or laundry detergent.

Pour the liquid detergent directly to the stain.

Using the toothbrush, brush the pre-wash treatment into the stained areas.

Allow the liquid soap to sit on the stains from 30 minutes to overnight.

4. Wash and Dry as Usual

Add the stained clothing to the wash, following the instructions on the garment tag for water temperature, wash cycle, and the dryer.

If you followed all of the instructions, you won’t need a longer wash time, heavy wash cycle, OR an extra rinse cycle.

Before putting the shirt into the dryer, take a look at the stained spots. You might not be able to see them when the clothing is wet. If you can see them, add more liquid detergent to the spot with the toothbrush and launder again. Be sure to use wool dryer balls for quicker drying time.

5. Finished

If you still have the oil stains in the fabric after drying, repeat the steps above. For these particular stains, I had to repeat the process after washing the first time. Oil stains, man.

I have done this numerous times with different types of fabrics and have found it works best with cotton and cotton blends. Click below for the full video tutorial on YouTube, and find printable instructions below.

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  • oil-stained clothing
  • WD-40
  • baking soda
  • scrap of cardboard
  • small bowl or ramekin


  • toothbrush
  • Q-tips


  1. Reviving old oil stain – Place your scrap of cardboard underneath the stains, between the front and back of the t-shirt (or other article of clothing). Carefully spray (or dab WD-40) onto stains.
  2. Lifting the stain – Sprinkle baking soda onto oil stains. Using toothbrush, scrub the baking soda into the stains. Continue brushing until the baking soda clumps. Dump baking soda into sink.
  3. Repeat – Apply more baking soda onto the stains. Make sure the baking soda clumps get smaller each time.
  4. Pre-treat with liquid detergent – Add liquid dish or laundry detergent as a pre-wash treatment. Brush the liquid soap/detergent into the stains.
  5. Wash + dry clothing – Wash and dry clothes as usual. You’re done!


If stains still persist, repeat from step 1.

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  • WD-40
  • Baking Soda
  • Q-tips Cotton Swabs
  • Dawn Dish Soap
  • Seventh Generation Laundry Detergent

Also, look at my Dryer Efficiency post for a tutorial on how to remove a film from the lint catcher that can be making you spend a longer time (and more money) drying your clothes!

Wondering how to remove grease stains? What about how to remove grease stains from cotton specifically? 

Once the grease hits your clothing, you may be tempted to consider it a lost cause, but it’s not! There is a way to get rid of grease stains (you can even try it if they’re already set, but it’s best if they’re fresh).

Why Does Grease Cling to Clothing and Refuse to Come Out?
Because grease is a lipid and insoluble in water, it’s more difficult to get out than most other stains. An average laundry cycle won’t do the trick because grease grabs onto the fibers of the fabric. The answer – concentrated attention in the form of a pre-treatment (don’t worry, it’s not complicated or expensive)!
In this case, the baking soda draws the stain out and away from the fabric and the liquid dish soap breaks up what remains. Surfactants in the dish soap are the key when you need to remove grease stains. These affect the hydrogen bonds in the water in a way that allows it to cut through the grease stains and wash them right out.

1 | What You’ll Need

  • Baking soda
  • A toothbrush
  • Dish soap
  • A piece of cardboard or dark towel you don’t mind transferring the stain to

2 | What to Do

  1. Lay the article of clothing flat.
  2. Place the cardboard or old towel underneath the stain.
  3. If the stain is fresh and hasn’t been through the washer and dryer yet, sprinkle baking soda on top of the grease. If it has set, pour enough dish soap onto the stain to cover it well. Leave the baking soda or dish soap on the clothing for about 5-10 minutes.
  4. Use a toothbrush to scrub the baking soda or dish soap into the stain, really working it in (be careful not to damage the fabric, though).
  5. If your stain is fresh, you’ll notice the baking soda changing color. Scrape the first round of baking soda away and apply more.
  6. Repeat the process until the baking soda no longer turns brown.
  7. If your stain is fresh, now is the time to add dish detergent (if the stain is still there). If your stain is old, sprinkle enough baking soda onto the dish detergent to cover the stained area.
  8. Scrub again with the toothbrush.
  9. Let the mixture set for 10-15 minutes.
  10. Wash the clothing as you normally would, using the hottest water the fabric will allow. Some cotton clothing is prone to shrinking in hot water, so use your best judgment depending on the type of clothing that’s stained. Mama’s Laundry Talk has tips for selecting the best water temperature.
  11. Check to make sure the stain is gone before drying the garment.

3 | Expert Tips

Wear a protective apron when you’re working with grease. This will protect your clothing and prevent more stains on your clothes!

Try to remove the grease stain as soon as you notice it. Letting it set will make it more difficult to remove the grease stains from the clothes.

Housecleaning Central suggests trying aloe vera on grease stains. Always try a stain removal method on a small section of the clothing first. Though baking soda and dishwashing liquid should be safe on cotton, it’s always best to be sure.

If you have a huge mess on your hands and grease is on more than your clothes, Reader’s Digest has some tips for removing grease stains from all sorts of surfaces.

4 | That was Easy

There’s no longer any need to worry about how to remove grease stains–not even how to remove grease stains from cotton! Sure, it takes a little time, but the items you need are likely already in your home. Removing grease stains may have seemed hopeless before, but now you know it’s possible to get that cotton garment looking brand new again!

How To Get Stains Out Of Jeans, No Matter Where You Are

It’s safe to say that everyone at one point or another has stained their jeans with some crazily stubborn concoction that refuses to go away. The worst part is when you’re out and about and you suddenly find that (delicious) pizza grease just dripped down onto your favorite jeans. If you’re wondering how to get stains out of jeans, I have the answers to help you, no matter where you are.

While its suggested that we should never wash jeans so that they stay looking new forever, sometimes life decides otherwise. In the past, I have thought my beloved denims ruined because I had been too clumsy and club soda could not do the trick. Quite recently, after basking in the joys of my new fountain pen, I saw that I had stained my jeans with ink and I was, yet again, down another pair of pants. But fear not! Whether it’s grease, makeup, or wine, or something else, there is still hope to getting those stubborn stains out.

Before you give up on your jeans, try these simple, strange, and crazy ways to remove stains from denim. Just make sure to do these steps before you throw them in the wash.

1. Resist The Urge To Wash With Water

This is more for oil-based stains (which are most of them in my life), so if you’ve smudged your denims with anything oily, don’t wash with water. Everyone knows that oil and H2O don’t mix, so trying to clear it away with water won’t help and could actually make the stain more permanent. For every other kind of stain, washing with water is OK, as long as it is cold water.

2. Blot With A Dry Napkin Or Towel — Don’t Scrub

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Whether its ketchup, wine, or oil, the first you will want to do is blot it with something dry to absorb as much of it out of your jeans. This is especially important if the stain is oil-based (like pizza grease), because you don’t want it settling into the fibers. If you’re quick enough to blot, you could actually remove the entire stain. But, if it’s already soaked a bit through, at least you’ve prevented anymore from sinking in. However, don’t scrub away at it, as that could cause it to spread or sink deeper into the denim, making it harder to remove.

If You’re Out & About

This is the worst time to get a stain because you can’t strip down and attempt deep-cleaning in public. Thankfully, there are still a few tricks you can do to help remove the stain from your jeans (or other clothing) and make sure it’s not as hard when you get home.

1. Spray Hairspray On The Stain

Garnier Strong Hold Flexible Hairspray, $10, A mazon

It sounds weird, but when you’re in a pinch, hairspray can really do the trick. Some restrooms have hairspray at the sinks, or you can run into a convenient store and buy a travel-sized can. Once you’re ready, douse the stain in hairspray and let it sit for about 10 to 15 minutes. Afterwards, use a damp cloth and dab away at it until it disappears. If you’re at home, you can also wash your jeans as you normally would.

2. Dab With A Salt Water Mixture Or Club Soda

Salt and cold water are two ingredients available if you were at a restaurant, or you could ask for some club soda. If you don’t mind walking around with a wet stain for a short period of time, dissolve about a teaspoon of salt into a cup of cold water. Then, dab and blot the stain with a rag that has been dipped in the mixture or club soda until the stain disappears. If blotting isn’t working, alternative between gentle scrubbing and blotting until you can’t see the mark anymore.

3. Cover Oil-Based Stain with Talc or Baby Powder

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My father taught me this which I’ve definitely used more than enough times. If you’re able to get your hands on some talcum or baby powder, sprinkle some onto your stain to soak up the grease or oil. It may look a bit weird for a little while, but will effectively keep the stain from sinking deeper into the fibers. Keep the powder on for as long as possible, and then simply brush it away with something dry to see if the stain is gone. Or, better yet, leave the powder on until you get home and can properly wash your jeans.

4. Soak Up Grease Stains with Artificial Sweeteners

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I don’t tend to carry around talc or baby powder, but artificial sweeteners are readily available at most restaurants or fast food chains. All you have to do is smother some onto your grease stain and blot or let it sit like trick #3. This should effectively remove or help combat oil stains until deeper cleaning is available.

Once You Get Home

Unfortunately, some stains require more intense cleaning that just can’t be done when out in public. If this is the case, make sure you’ve tried to remove any excess residue by dry blotting with a napkin and try one of these tricks as soon as you can.

1. Use Dish Detergent Cause It “Cuts On Grease”

Dish soap is perfect for pots and pans because its made to break down oils and grease, so that your dishes are clean. Luckily, they also work well on denim and can easily break down stains on jeans. All you have to do is make some soapy water, dip a rag into it, and dab away until the stain goes away. Technically, you won’t even have to wash your jeans afterwards.

2. Lather Some Shaving Cream or Shampoo

A simple way to get out makeup stains is by lathering on some shaving cream to your jeans, waiting a bit, and then washing. Of course, you won’t actually be using a razor, but it will effectively remove the stain, especially if you’re a messy oil-based makeup doer. Or, you can also use your hair shampoo, which will work just as well as shaving cream.

3. Ground Up Aspirins for White Jeans

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Using aspirin to remove stains from jeans is not that common, but aspirin is similar to white vinegar and will lighten the area as much. You simply mash up aspirins into enough water to make a paste. Once it’s ready, apply to the stain and let it sit for an hour before washing your jeans.

4. Wash Jeans with Coca Cola

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Maybe this idea came from washing your hair with coke, but it happens to work. If you happen to have some coke lying around, add a can with your normal detergent and wash your jeans as usual. For an even better result, pair this step with a previous trick to make sure the pesky stain is really gone after the wash. This is particularly good for blood stains (old or new).

5. Crack An Egg & Wait

A strange hack for removing coffee stains is to use an egg yolk and a few drops rubbing alcohol. Mix the two ingredients together and apply onto the stain. Afterwards, wait around five minutes and then throw the jeans in the wash like normal.

6. Let Your Jeans Soak Overnight In A Mixture

This mixture will help remove stains from jeans. Mix 1 quart of cold water and 2 tablespoons of salt. Then, let your jeans soak overnight before washing as usual the next day.


As hard as some of us try, we’re always going to be messy eaters. Somehow, a dribble of coffee or dollop of sauce always seems to make it onto our shirts. This is especially annoying when the drip is made of grease and it’s really hard to get out. If this happens to you, your best bet may be to head to the kitchen and grab some dish soap.

When it comes to clothing stains, grease seems to be one of the more troublesome offenders. However, dish soap can make quick work of the grease, even if the stain itself is old.


As The Kitchn points out, dish soap is already designed to break up tough gunk on your dishes. The soap can also work on your clothing.

Here’s what you need to do:

  • Apply the dish detergent directly to the grease stain. Rub in the detergent so you saturate the affected area.
  • Let the piece of clothing sit for a few minutes.
  • Wash the garment as instructed on garment label.

It’s important to note that this only works with petroleum-based liquid dish detergent (like Dawn), and not the all-natural, plant-based or eco-friendly kinds.


This story was originally published on 6/26/15 and was updated on 8/30/19 to provide more thorough and current information.

A fat, grease or oil stain is not as bad as you might think. The butter that dripped from your toast or the oil that spattered you from the frying pan will come out if you act quickly and use the right approach. The main thing to remember is not to sponge with cold water, as this can set the stain.

General directions

Gently scrape off as much residue as possible with a blunt knife. Apply a few drops of methylated spirits to the stain and blot with white paper towels or a clean, white, lint-free cloth until no more of the stain appears to be transferring to the towels. Allow the solvent to evaporate completely. Follow the directions below for specific fabrics.

Washable fabrics

For cotton, rub a little washing-up liquid into the stain, then machine-wash immediately at 40°C with biological detergent. For silk and wool, spot-treat with Stain Devils – Fat and Sauces, following the manufacturer’s instructions. Then machine-wash at as high a temperature as the garment allows, using a detergent for delicates.

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Apply White Wizard to the affected area and blot gently with a dampened paper towel until the stain has been removed. Leave to dry.

Fat, grease and oil stain busters

White Wizard Cleaner White Wizard £15.99 Stain Devils – Fat and Sauces Dr. Beckmann £1.99 Methylated Spirits Rustins £3.06 Plenty Kitchen Rolls Plenty £4.55

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