No matter how neat your family of eaters may be, there is bound to be a grease spot or oil stain on clothes every now and then.
Never fear; these little reminders of family life - in the form of grease stains on clothes - needn't become a permanent memory on your clothes.
With some regular cleaning agents you probably already have in your home, and a couple that might be worth bringing home, grease stain removal is a snap.
Here's how to take grease stains off clothes, step by step.
Treat the stained clothes the same way you would a sink full of greasy dishes - remove grease from the surface with hand dish-washing liquid.
Because dish detergent is designed to break up surface grease and allow it to rinse away, it's uniquely qualified for removing a grease stain on clothes.
Remove oily stains on clothes with a liquid laundry detergent pretreater. Rub a liquid a laundry detergent into the stain, and let sit for 3-5 minutes.
Wash the stained item separately from the rest of your clothes in the hottest recommended water, adding a little bleach or bleach alternative to the wash water.
Extend the wash cycle to give the garment some extra time in the spin cycle. With a top-loading washer, wait 6-8 minutes into the cycle, stop it, and spin the dial back for another 10 minutes.
Place the garment on paper towels, grease stain side up. Spray the greasy area with WD-40. Let stand 10 minutes.
Then turn the garment over and spray the underside as well. Allow to sit another 10 minutes.
Using paper towels, blot on some hand dishwashing liquid, replacing the towels as they absorb the grease.
Rinse the treated area, and wash separately from the rest of your laundry.
Simply pour Lestoil onto the greasy stain and let it soak in for about 20 minutes before washing. And if you're washing a huge greasy load of laundry, add some to the wash water to get the load clean and grease-free.
Lestoil is also good for removing stains from fabric on sofas, chairs, carpets, and concrete driveways.
Before placing the garment in the dryer, inspect the formerly greasy area. If you can still see any residue, repeat the pre-treating and washing process until clear.
Then, go ahead and dry the garment as usual.