No matter how neat your family of eaters may be, there is bound to be a grease spot or oil stain on their clothes now and then.
Never fear; these little reminders of family life - in the form of grease stains - needn't become a permanent memory on your clothes.
These grease stain removal methods can get your clothes looking fresh and clean again in no time.
Treat greasy, oily stains on clothes the same way you would a sink full of greasy dishes - with dish soap.
Because dish soap is designed to break up surface grease and allow it to rinse away, it's uniquely qualified for grease stain removal on clothes.
Rub a liquid laundry detergent into the grease stain, and let the detergent sit and do its work for 3-5 minutes.
Wash the grease-stained item separately from the rest of your clothes in the warmest water temperature safe for the fabric. Add 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.
Then turn the garment over and spray the underside as well. Allow it to sit 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.
And if you're washing a large load of greasy laundry, add some Lestoil to the wash water to get the entire load clean and grease-free.
Lestoil is also suitable for removing grease from fabric on sofas and chairs, carpets, and concrete driveways.
Before placing the garment in the dryer, inspect the treated area to ensure your grease stain removal efforts have been successful. If you can still see any residue, repeat one of the stain treatments above, and wash again until the stain is entirely removed.
Once the stain removal process is complete, dry the garment as usual.