{five minute friday} How to Remove Set-In Grease Stains

Friday, February 24, 2017

Have I mentioned that I hate doing laundry? I HATE doing laundry! Even my pretty laundry room can't make me like it. I tried, I really did! And my absolutely least favorite part of doing laundry used to be trying to get out grease stains. I would wash and rewash my husband's shirts using different sprays and stain sticks, but the grease stains would still be there. Finally a friend of my mom recommended a solutions ... and OMG, it worked!




I don't post cleaning tips on the blog very often, but I was so excited to finally find an answer that eliminated some of my laundry woes, I thought I had better share it in case others have been struggling with the same frustration! This post contains some affiliate links.

I seriously don't know where all of these grease stains come from, but they seem to end up on every shirt my husband owns! 


Nothing I had tried was working, and we were constantly throwing away his polo shirts and replacing them. I wanted to pull my hair out every time I did the laundry!

My mom's friend shared a tip to try Dawn Platinum Erasing Dish Foam. It's made for cleaning dishes by absorbing grease, but she said it did the trick on laundry as well. My mom tried it and said it worked, so I decided to give it a try too. The first few times I bought it at Target, but it's been hit or miss and they don't always have it. I think I'm going to start buying the refill bottles from Amazon instead.


This soap foams as you pump it, and a little goes a long way. Squeeze out a small amount onto each of the grease stains.


Use your fingers to rub the dish soap into the fabric, ensuring that the entire stained area is covered.


Let the Dawn Platinum Erasing Dish Foam sit on the clothes for five minutes or so before washing.


Use your normal detergent and wash the clothes on the recommended settings. I prefer to wash all of my clothes in cold water using Tide Coldwater Clean.


If the grease or oil stain isn't removed, treat with Dawn erasing foam again and repeat. I've had just a few really stubborn set-in stains that I've had to wash two or three times, but most are removed after just one treatment, even if the stained shirt had previously been washed and dried. 


I've only tried this on cotton, poly, and denim. If you have a stain on a more delicate fabric, I would recommend testing the Dawn erasing foam on a small, inconspicuous area first.

It's such a relief to have finally found a way to get rid of all those grease stains and oil! I still don't like doing laundry, but I have one less frustration to put up with!

Remove grease and oil stains from fabric

What is your favorite laundry tip for stubborn or set-in stains?

17 comments :

  1. I am so excited to check this out! Some of our clothing has mystery stains that I haven't been able to get out. I will definitely have to try this!

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  2. This is what I have used also was going to suggest the Dawn Erasing foam, when first started reading your post. If it doesn't work first time, add little bit of baking soda to it the second time, and have not yet had to try a third time

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  3. Some mystery stains may be from fabric softener.

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    1. That's good to know! I actually don't use fabric softener at all, so that's not the source of our mystery stains. But I'm sure others have had this problem, so it's good to be aware of.

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  4. Thank you!! I think you may have just saved one of my favorite shirts! I'm thrilled! Going to try it right away.

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  5. I am definitely going to give this a try. Many of my pullovers have grease spots and I've tried several products with little results.

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  6. I just put a new shirt in the garbage pile. Then I seen this and took it right out lol. I will buy the dawn and try next laundry. Thank you for saving my shirt I liked that one lol..

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  7. I use regular dawn dish soap (just a drop on the grease spot) all the same steps as you said above and grease comes out first time. My husband works on cars and his clothes are always greasy...

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  8. We had the same kind of spots and the source turned out to be dryer sheets. Switched to fabric softener and no more random greasy spots.

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    1. That is good to know, but I don't use dryer sheets at all, and the spots only ever appear on my husband's clothes, no one else's… So definitely not the problem at our house 😉😂

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  9. May I just squeeze your face and peck you with all the graciousness this Southern Mommadiva can muster!
    I HATE grease stains. But, they adore me!I've added quite a few faves into my "cleaning/cooking/jammie" pile'o'clothes.
    I've tried many products and techniques... no luck.
    NOW, I'm confident in rescuing so of my lovlies!

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  10. I tried dawn ultra with 3x grease remover and baking soda to remove set in food grease stains and they are still there!

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    1. you're using the WRONG dawn

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  11. Oh my goodness, I am so glad that I found your post. This trick has worked 100% of the time. It even worked on one sweatshirt that had been washed and dried 4 times. In this case it took 2 applications. Thank you, thank you, thank you for posting!!

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  12. Thank you very much for sharing this! It helped save one of my favorite jackets!

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  13. Anxious to try this on some shirts I've had hiding in the closet a while. I've had random spots appear in years past and it was so annoying, as I had no idea where they were coming from. I'm not a sloppy eater and I don't drink grease and accidentally spill it. I do like bacon, but it doesn't drip on my shirt ... every bit of it ends up in my mouth! I recently heard it could be from oil from the transmission or grease for other parts. Seems a logical explanation. Replaced both washer and dryer this year, and yet to have any random grease spots... fingers crossed I will not have the issue again, but looking forward to trying to degreasify the spots on some of my shirts!

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