The Trick to Cleaning Grease from Clothes

You might have heard before that once you dry clothes with a stain—especially a grease stain—it never comes off. It’s somewhat true: you can’t just throw it back in the wash to make the stain come out. Laundry is a necessary part of housekeeping, so the more tips like this you can tuck away to use later, the better!

However, don’t say never! This ingenious trick gets grease out of clothes even after they have been through the dryer, as Eryn of Elementary Organization discovered after a tube of chapstick left grease spots all over her clothes:

Step #1: Sprinkle the stain with baking soda. Be generous with this step, it’s important to getting the stain out.

Step #2: Rub it in. You can use an old toothbrush for this, and just rub it in gently in little circular motions to make sure there’s baking soda making it into the fibers.

Step #3: Wait. There’s not really a timing for this, it’s more observation. When the baking soda begins to clump up on top of the stain, time’s up!

Step #4: Repeat. If the grease stain is big enough, this will take a few repetitions, but it’s worth it for the results. Brush off the baking soda and repeat Steps 1-3 again. Do this until the baking soda stops clumping up.

Step #5: Treat as you normally would a stain and wash. When your clothes come out of the dryer, the stain will either be gone of so small and faint it’s unnoticeable.

This works because baking soda is an excellent natural absorbent material and soaks up the grease in your clothes. When it has nothing left to absorb, it stops clumping and you know your clothes are clean!