Grease and oil stains are not only tough to remove (especially if they’re not treated when fresh), they’re sadly also very easy to come by. The good news is that with a little help from Ariel Matic, your washing machine, and a few handy tips, you can save your garments from permanent grease stains. If you want to know how to remove cooking oil, grease, and motor oil stains from your clothes in the 1st go, simply follow the instructions below, and enjoy the confidence that comes with wearing greaseless garments!
How to remove grease stains
Grease can make its way onto your clothes even when you’re not looking. It can be a residue left behind by dripped ghee or some body lotion that’s rubbed itself onto your clothes instead of your skin.
But one of the hardest-to-remove grease stains on clothes is a butter stain. This stain is particularly complicated because it’s made up of milk proteins and oil. Margarine is also a hard-to-remove stain that’s just like butter. For grease stains like butter and margarine stains, it’s important not to let this stain sit, as it can easily set into the fibres of the fabric. As soon as you notice you’ve got a grease stain on your garment, take action right away.
But don’t worry too much about getting grease stains on your clothes, with a little help from Ariel, you can say goodbye to stains after just one wash.
How to remove butter stains from clothes step by step
Get rid of the excess butter or margarine stain by using a spoon or a knife before washing.
Prepare a soaking solution.
Pre-treat the grease stain by submerging the garment in a soaking solution. Fill a bucket or the sink with warm water and half a scoop of Ariel Matic Washing Powder. Mix the solution by hand until the detergent has completely dissolved.
Soak the garment.
Leave your grease-stained item in the solution to soak for an hour. You can keep it submerged with a clean, white towel.
Wring the garment after soaking.
Remove the clothing from the solution and wring it out before adding it to the washing machine.
Add the garment to the machine.
Place in the machine with similar items.
Dose the detergent.
Use a detergent like Ariel Matic Powder and follow the dosing instructions on the pack.
Wash the garment.
Follow the instructions on the garment’s fabric care label and select the right cycle and temperature.
Unload the machine.
As soon as the cycle finishes, unload the clothes immediately and dry as specified by the fabric care label.
If you still want to remove a butter stain after drying, wet the garment with warm water and follow steps 2 to 8.
How to remove oil stains from clothes
Whether you’ve got splashed by a puddle of oily water or you’re eating a greasy piece of street food, oil seems to get everywhere. The kitchen is the easiest place to pick up oil stains, especially those from cooking oil. The trouble with oil is that it leaves a nasty stain behind that doesn’t seem to go away even after you’ve washed the garment. To make matters worse, if you leave a spot of oil unattended, it will get darker over time and can also stay put permanently if not removed.
Luckily, with a little liquid detergent and a few simple steps, you can remove the problem easily, so that you’ll know exactly what to do the next time you find yourself asking “how do I get these cooking oil stains out of my shirt”.
How to remove cooking oil stains from clothes: step by step
Check the instructions on the fabric care label.
The fabric care label on your garment will tell you all you need to know about washing and drying the item.
Use a knife or a spoon to remove excess cooking oil stains.
Pre-treat the cooking oil stain.
Pour a liquid detergent, like Ariel Matic Liquid, onto the stain and wait for 3 to 5 minutes.
Put the item in the wash.
Wash your garment with similar items.
Dose the detergent.
Follow the dosing instructions on the detergent packaging.
Wash the garment.
Pick the cycle and temperature as recommended by the fabric care label.
Unload your garments.
As soon as the wash is over, remove the garments from the wash.
Check the stain before drying.
Check the stain has been removed. If not, repeat the above steps.
How to remove motor oil stains
Motor oil stains can get all over your clothes and can be impossible to remove. Just like other grease or oil stains, it’s best to treat the stains as soon as they appear on your clothes, so it doesn’t set into the fabric’s fibres.
Use an effective oil remover detergent like Ariel Matic Washing Powder and follow our quick-and-easy guide to master the art of motor oil stain removal.
Remove the excess stain.
Scrape off any excess stain, taking care not to grind the motor oil into the fabric. You can also use a paper towel to blot the stain.
Soak the garment.
Mix a little powder detergent like Ariel Matic Washing Powder in a basin or a tub filled with warm water and leave the garment in the soaking solution for an hour. Make sure you wring out the excess water before adding it to the wash.
Load the machine and add detergent.
Load the laundry and follow the dosing instructions on the pack of the powder detergent and use the scoop to add it to the detergent drawer.
Wash the item.
Place the garment into the washing machine and set the cycle of your machine following the instructions on the garment’s fabric care label.
Unload after the wash.
Remove the garments as soon as the cycle is over. Check if the stain has gone, if not wash again.
Hang the garments on a clothesline or lay them on a drying rack.
FAQs about how to remove oil and grease stains from clothes
In case the above guides didn’t answer all your oil and grease stain related questions (for example how to remove oil stains from clothes with home remedies), our FAQ section most definitely will!
To remove dried-in or old grease and oil stains from your garments, apply a small amount of liquid laundry detergent onto the stained area, gently rub the fabric against itself, let the clothing sit for a couple of hours, then wash as usual as per the fabric care label’s recommendation.
If the oil stain is still fresh on your clothes, there’s a relatively good chance that you can remove it with a common kitchen item such as baking soda. Here’s how:
Sprinkle some baking soda on the stain.
Let the stain absorb the baking soda.
Scrape or brush off any remaining excess of baking soda.
Wash your clothes as recommended by your garments’ fabric care label.
If you got an oil stain on your favourite pair of jeans, follow the below steps for a surefire way to remove it:
Blot the stain with paper towel.
Sprinkle it with baking soda, and let it sit for a while.
Brush off the excess baking soda using a toothbrush.
Put a small amount of dish soap or liquid laundry detergent on the stain, and scrub it with the same toothbrush you used before on the baking soda.
Wash your jeans on the highest temperature allowed by your fabric care label.
The sad truth is that the longer you leave your oil stained garment untreated, the harder it will become to remove that stain. Left unattended for too long, there’s a good chance that it will set permanently.
You can remove oil stains from clothes using vinegar. Simply soak your garments in a mix of equal parts vinegar and equal parts warm water, then gently scrub the fabric against each other to remove as much of the oil stain as you can. Finally, launder the clothes as usual.
Because of its low price and astringent properties, vinegar is considered to be the best home remedy against grease-stained clothes. That said, it’s still not as effective at removing stains and providing you with fresh-smelling, impeccably clean clothes as a high-quality laundry detergent such as Ariel Matic Liquid.
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