How can you clean your clothes with grease and engine oil?

Sometimes going to the mechanic doesn’t make sense, and it’s inevitable to get under your car or under the hood to solve an immediate problem. Changing a rubber at the roadside can happen to anyone.

In all of these situations, we definitely tend to stain our clothes with engine oil or tires, as no one wears a mechanic’s suit in the trunk of their car or special gloves for this purpose.

Sometimes we also get excited when we fry potatoes or prawns just thinking about the delicious food we are going to eat, and suddenly we find that the pan has spilled oil and ruined our clothes. In these cases, it is extremely important to act quickly to avoid more permanent damage to clothing and not add more work to changing gums or ruin the excitement that french fries create.

Here are some home cleaning methods to keep oil and grease stains on your clothes from becoming a disaster.

You will need:

  • Kitchen towel (or super absorbent paper)
  • Baby powder (or cornstarch or salt)
  • a spoon
  • Dish washing detergent (better than anti-grease or grease remover)
  • Hot water
  • normal detergent


  1. Try to absorb as much excess oil or fat as possible with the kitchen towel. Do not interrupt this step, even if it is just a drop. With light touches to prevent more fat from spreading.
  2. Use the spoon to apply a generous amount of talc or starch or salt to the oil or fat and use the same spoon to rub the talc onto the fat, scraping off the fat that the talc is supposed to absorb from the fabric.
  3. Use the spoon to remove the powder, trying not to spread it on other areas of the garment. We recommend doing this over a sink or sink.
  4. Rub the stain with your hands with a small amount of detergent on both sides of the fabric in circular motions, trying not to spread it over the rest of the garment.
  5. Wash the garment by yourself with normal detergent and hot water and air dry if possible.

The following is another very effective method, especially for cooking oil stains.

You need:

  • vinegar
  • Hot water
  • Dish soap (if it’s better against grease or degreaser)
  • laundry detergent


  1. Mix the vinegar in equal parts with the hot water and let the garment soak in this solution.
  2. Rinse it off and apply the detergent to the stain, using circular motions to avoid spreading the stain on both sides of the fabric.
  3. Usually wash with detergent.
  • Remember, treating bugs as soon as they occur is the best way to prevent them from becoming permanent problems.
  • The stained garment should not come in contact with other clothing to avoid fat transfer and increase the scope of the problem. So don’t put it in the laundry basket until you’ve successfully extracted the fat.
  • If the grease stain is already hard and dry, soak it in boiling water for a few minutes to soften it and make it easier to remove.
  • It is important to always wear protection when working with oil or grease. A kitchen apron may do, but you can also wear old clothes or clothes that you like to dye.
  • Using cleaners for mechanics’ hands is always a good last resort at home. Just apply it in the same way instead of dish soap.
  • There are many household detergents on the market that are specifically made for grease or oil stains. Find them in your grocery store if you don’t want to or don’t have dish washing detergent.
  • If all of the above methods don’t work, either because the fat has been in the garment for a long time or because it is a particularly resilient fat, it is best to take the garment to a specialist.

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