How to Remove Grease and Oil Stains From Cotton and Other Washable Knits

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Remove Grease and Oil Stains

A cotton or polyester knit top can be totally ruined by just one splash of oil or grease which will leave that tell-tale stain running down the front of your shirt. Even a single spot will stand out after ordinary washing and tempt you to throw it into the trash.  Before you turn that t-shirt into a rag or your knit slacks into your new painting pants, try to remove grease and oil stains with this very simple method approved by wild fowl everywhere.

If you’ve put the washable knit through the laundry and the stain is still there, don’t despair – there is an easy way to remove many greasy or oily food stains that laundry detergents may not be able to handle.

Here is a simple but effective way to remove greasy food stains:

  • Lay the garment on a flat surface and identify each grease or oil stain.
  • Using an ordinary liquid dish detergent such as Dawn,  saturate teach stain with a generous amount of the detergent.
  • Let the garment lay flat to allow the detergent to soak into the fabric.
  • Fold the garment and roll it loosely so the detergent can soak in to the stain. Let it sit for about thirty minutes.
  • Wash the garment as usual and you’ll be pleased to see that the stain is gone!

Dish detergents  are made to remove grease and oil on your dishes, but if your fabric is washable, it can wash away the stains on your cotton and knit fabrics too!  Dawn is a gentle but effective way to remove grease.  If it can de-grease a wild bird without hurting them, it’s a pretty safe bet it can help with greasy food stains on your shirt or slacks.


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