How To Remove Grease Stains & Motor Oil: Home Remedies
Below I've compiled home remedies for how to remove grease stains, from mechanical or electrical items in and around your home, as well as motor oil.
Specifically, this page is devoted to removing these stains and spots from your clothes and other washable fabric.
It is very easy to get these stains, such as from working on your car or even just rubbing up or brushing past a piece of machinery. Then, you just look down and you've got a big mark on your pants or shirt and have no idea how you did it!
Several readers have already shared how they get rid of these marks, but I would love to hear from you as well. If you've got your own tips or remedies to share please click this link and do so here. Further, you can also learn about several commercially available products for removing these stains at the link as well.
Scroll on down for the home remedies that have already been shared.
(Also, please note that this page is all about mechanical types of grease and oil. If you're looking for how to remove oil and grease spots caused by food, here's the page for you!)
I rinsed it with water and set it out to line dry.
Dawn Works On More Than Just Bike Grease! It Works On Lots Of Types Of Mechanical Grease
***Update: After putting up this tip from a reader, I've had even more readers write in to say how well Dawn works for removing these types of stains. Here's a story from a reader, Tina:
I belong to a roller coaster club, we travel all over to ride. I was on a behind the scenes tour, and got black industrial grease all over a new bright orange shirt. I was devastated. Couldn't even wash it until two weeks later when home.
I used blue Dawn, but never rinsed before putting in washer. Initial wash took out about 85% of stains (there were so many spots, I may have missed pre-treating some).
I didn't dry, then pretreated and washed again.
You would NEVER know the shirt wasn't brand new! I'll never use anything else for grease stains.
Thanks so much for these tips.
Dish soap is actually an awesome stain remover and cleaner for lots of things. Here's my round up of dish soap uses around your home for cleaning and stain removal if you want to see even more.
I found an old bar of Fels-Naptha, a yellow soap under a sink. I thought there was nothing to lose so gave it a try. I wet the stain, rubbed the old bar of soap over it many times and used a toothbrush to scrub the area.
That stain began to get lighter with each scrubbing.
I did allow time to dry before scrubbing again.
True, Fels-Naptha can be difficult to locate these days but worth checking some hardware and grocery stores. It should be, if available, placed somewhere in the laundry detergent aisle.
My stain is so light now that I can again wear that shirt.
I wish everyone who finds and tries Fels Naptha the very best of luck.
Anna shared how home remedy for removing electrical grease stains from her clothing.
This remedy works for black oil from my electronic entrance gate and oil picked up on towelling from local beach (brought in by sea from yachts etc.)
It works very well on old stains too (provided they are untouched by water).
DO NOT USE WATER UNDER ANY CIRCUMSTANCES at first, or the stain will set.
Use lovely clean baby oil (olive oil for cooking will also do, but it is harder work to remove this oil).
SOAK the stain overnight with baby oil. Then, blot off with brown absorbent paper, kitchen roll etc.
Next, treat the stain with washing powder directly and allow to soak well in to the fabric.
Finally, wash with hot water, rubbing stain periodically (keep increasing temperature of water if stain does not disappear immediately).
Diluted ammonia can also be used if stain is stubborn.
Works a treat!
Thanks so much for these tips and ideas Anna.
It makes sense to fight an oil stain with another oil, since this can help lift the stain more easily. Of course, sometimes the oil used to remove the stain can itself stain. If you've got that problem check out my tips for removing baby oil stains and olive oil stains.
In addition, I know Anna said olive oil doesn't work as well as baby oil for grease stains, but I'm still adding this tip to the uses for olive oil page, for cleaning and stain removal too. Come check it out if you'd like more ways to use this common product in your home for other things beside cooking!
***Update: I got this comment from Teri, who stated: "Before I would use either of the home remedies noted I would first try Lestoil. It has always worked well for me when it comes to grease and oil stains on clothing. In fact, as you mentioned, both baby oil and cola can be problem stains in themselves."
I agree Teri, that Lestoil is a great product, and I have a whole page all about it actually (click the image on the right to see it), since it works so well for so many people. If you don't want to use a home remedy I would definitely give it a try! ***End Update
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