Asked on Dec 14, 2014

How to clean grease stains from clothing

by Evelyn
My husbands work jumpsuit is black with automobile grease & I would love any tips on how to get it clean,thanks!
Desperately needing cleaning tips for grease stains.
  15 answers
  • Carole Carole on Dec 14, 2014
    Use Swarfega and a scrubbing brush on the grease patches before laundering. It should get the worst of it out. My ex boyfriend was a mechanic and his mum used this to wash his jeans and stuff that he wore to work. It is the same green goo that they use to clean the grease off their hands.
  • Cori H Cori H on Dec 14, 2014
    My husband has worked mechanics and construction jobs for a while now. Some things you can try is white vinegar and baking soda. Another product that I used to use quite a bit (when I could find it) is Zout. Another suggestion is to use those color grabbing clothes that you can throw in with the laundry. That will help keep the grubby stuff from his clothes from getting into the rest of your laundry. I hope that helps!
  • Kathy Rose Kathy Rose on Dec 14, 2014
    I have always used Lestoil, This product can be found in the store aisle that has all the home cleaning item's including the laundry soaps. To get rid of stains on clothing, use full strength, rub on the stain, let sit 20 minutes before washing.
  • Christine Wesoloski Christine Wesoloski on Dec 15, 2014
    Carburator cleaner. Believe it or not. Spray it on the stains, let it sit for a bit....wash in Tide in hot water. You may have to do it a couple of times but it works.
  • Nanette Stanley Nanette Stanley on Dec 15, 2014
    try oxy clean
  • Kim Martin Kim Martin on Dec 15, 2014
    Dawn Dishwashing liquid was what they used to get the oil off the waterfowl and other ocean animals after the Exxon Valdez oil spill. I pretreat oil stains on clothing with it before throwing them in the laundry. But for something that bad, I'd probably try soaking or scrubbing with it, giving the Dawn enough time to break down the oil.
  • Crystal A Goffinet Crystal A Goffinet on Dec 15, 2014
    Pinesol! 😀. The easiest trick I know! I use to have the same trouble & this is fabulous!
  • Evelyn Evelyn on Dec 20, 2014
    Thanks ladies! I tried the coke cola thing & wasn't impressed btw.@Kim Martin Pine-Sol & Dawn dish detergent is what i wound up using that day,as it was what i had on hand + the coke lol & Gain (prefer Tide,but..). I still had to wash it twice to get it somewhat clean & then as it was drying there was such a strong grease odor,horrible.@Christine Wesoloski Carburetor cleaner I will have to try.@Cori H I have heard of vinegar,but thought it was a more whiten,brighten sort of thing,same with baking soda,which i will definitely try & going to look for Zout.@Nanette Stanley I haven't tried Oxy on this,but not a big fan in the past,Shout used to make a product just like Oxy & it was AWESOME,but discontinued i suppose,as i haven't seen it in a few yrs. @Kathy Rose Lestoil i haven't heard of,but will look for it also. @Carole Good idea,seems like a bit of elbow grease has to go into cleaning the grease lol,but good idea. Thanks ladies for all the advice,much appreciated!
  • Linda Linda on Dec 20, 2014
    I used to use lestoil but couldn't take the smell. Now I use Murphy's Oil to soak the fabric and then scrub in Tide or another good detergent.
  • Kim Martin Kim Martin on Dec 21, 2014
    Shout was purchased by Resolve (the carpet cleaner) and the resulting laundry spray is pretty good. Thanks for the feedback, Evelyn. It's always nice to have options & we all learned several!
  • Jan Gardner Jan Gardner on Aug 08, 2016
    I use Go-Jo on my husband's greasy work clothes before I launder them. The key is to work the Go-Jo into the fabric before you get the fabric wet. It works very well.
  • Jane Hurdman Shupe Jane Hurdman Shupe on Aug 11, 2016
    I use this on everything ! My son asked chefs what they used and this is what they told him .
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    • Lori Lori on Aug 28, 2016
      Interesting think I might try it on a couple of t-shirts that whve unknown stains on them.! Can't really hurt as they are pretty much trash now
  • Hol8958818 Hol8958818 on Sep 22, 2016
    Dawn dish detergent works well on regular grease stains on my clothes but, not sure about your grease. Scrub it on , wash as usual but, don't dry until the grease is gone. Once you dry it the stain will set in. I also used a bar soap called phelps Napa. Not sure if the spelling is correct but, it is a brown bar located in the regular bar soap section. Good luck,
  • Wsl7304262 Wsl7304262 on Oct 24, 2016
    Add a Coke to your wash that is what oil field workers use in their greasers
  • Jess Jess on May 22, 2019