Removing Grease Stains

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EliseT
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2003/06/21 02:20:48 (permalink)

Removing Grease Stains

I just poured cold bacon grease down the front of my shirt (don't ask). I know this isn't a cleaning forum, but if anyone knows how to get this stain out, it's gotta be you guys. I have had to throw too many shirts away; Help...I need the secret.
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    yumbo
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/21 10:35:19 (permalink)
    Whatever you try, don't stick it in the dryer until you get all the stain out. Drying seems to make stains permanent. May I suggest soaking it in several changes of hot water with detergent?
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/21 10:36:40 (permalink)
    And I hope your brothers weren't around to witness the accident.
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/21 19:40:55 (permalink)
    I'm glad no one was around to see it.
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/21 20:50:34 (permalink)
    You ever try any WD 40?

    I use it for everything except in my evening libation

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    EliseT
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/21 21:15:55 (permalink)
    Hmm, never thought of WD-40 for stains. I know my dad could fix just about anything in the world with WD-40 and Duct tape.
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/21 21:40:55 (permalink)
    If you are a real "Roadfoodie", you do not worry about grease stains.............you go to "Goodwill" and buy a bunch of shirts and enjoy yourself!!
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/21 22:08:12 (permalink)
    Elise
    I use Spray&Wash Stain Stick. Being a lady with a bit of a crumb catcher in front, I have a tendency to gather all kinds of stains on my shirts & blouses. (dripping ribs, oil & vinegar dressings, etc) I keep this stick in my bedroom, you can apply it to a stain & not wash for up to 1 week later(have gone longer & it still works), so I put it on as I take the top off. Since I've been using it I no longer have little grease spots all over my cloths.
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/22 01:04:15 (permalink)
    I swear by Fels Naptha soap, an oldie but a goodie. One bar costs aobut $1.69 and it seems to last forever. Just wet the Fels Naptha and rub it into the grease stain. It works every time, even when you have already put the shirt (or whatever) through the dryer. Sometimes the anti-stain products work, sometimes they don't, but Fels Naptha has never failed to remove one of my grease stains.
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/22 09:14:33 (permalink)
    quote:
    Originally posted by EliseT

    I just poured cold bacon grease down the front of my shirt (don't ask). I know this isn't a cleaning forum, but if anyone knows how to get this stain out, it's gotta be you guys. I have had to throw too many shirts away; Help...I need the secret.


    Elise, were you saving that bacon grease to make schmaltz?
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/22 19:09:43 (permalink)
    OK, OK, I save a jar of bacon grease on the back of the stove to fry eggs or make cornbread, etc. I confess, I picked up the jar to sniff it, like you would a red rose or fine wine. I didn't realize that the pilot light of the stove was enough heat to melt the bottom, so as I tilted it toward my nose, I just poured it all down the front of my shirt. If you had seen me do it, it would have looked absolutely intentional...just picked it up, tilted it, and ruined my favorite new shirt.
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/22 19:20:07 (permalink)
    I've alwyas thought that instead of selling detrergent on the abilitiy to brighten colors, remove grass stains or prevent premature aging of the delicate under-eye area, someone needs to sell detergent for foodies; forget the ability to get mud out of a soccer uniform; I want laundry compound with the power to get out food stains.

    My advice would be to use a liquid detergent (liquids are better on grease than powders), rub some into the stain with a brush, and wash in the hottest water the fabric can stand, with detergent and a color-safe bleach like Clorox 2 or Biz. Oxy-Clean and all of the "oxygen boosted" bleaches without added enzymes or surfactants won't do squat on grease. Because almost every shirt I wear ends up with food on it somehow (and I don't think I'm a careless eater), I wash every load with Tide With Bleach Alternative and a scoop of Biz, and I rarely use even warm water; since most fabric damage occurs in the dryer, a hot wash is safe for almost everything I own.

    Eric
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/23 00:36:29 (permalink)
    See, that is why I cook in the Nude! "No Stains....A Lot Of Pains!"
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/23 00:43:14 (permalink)
    Wow, the spaghetti sauce is cold...and deep too!
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/23 01:47:36 (permalink)
    If you can get the household cleaner called "Greased Lightning" try that. It's the best cleaner I have ever seen. Probably would be careful with WD40 though as it is mostly just kerosene.
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/25 17:51:53 (permalink)
    Interesting! Check this out:

    Robert Wolke, author of "What Einstein Told His Cook," does a bi-weekly column for the Washington Post Food section. For those of you who don't know Wolke, he is a chemistry professor that does food science. Anyway, his column today was entitled none other than "Out, Damned Spot."

    Good tips for all! Link is below.

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/articles/A25508-2003Jun24.html
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/25 20:47:08 (permalink)
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    Elise, were you saving that bacon grease to make schmaltz?


    Uh oh...As a Jewish voice on the board, I've gotta make a correction here. Schmaltz is chicken fat, and only chicken fat. It would NEVER be made with bacon or any pork product. That would be SOOOOO un-kosher. Yikes!
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/25 22:30:15 (permalink)
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    oh...As a Jewish voice on the board, I've gotta make a correction here. Schmaltz is chicken fat, and only chicken fat. It would NEVER be made with bacon or any pork product. That would be SOOOOO un-kosher. Yikes!


    The pure definition of schmaltz is indeed rendered chicken fat. But I mentioned this briefly in another thread. My German mutti-in-law calls any rendered fat schmaltz. Goose schmaltz is another of her favorites. I guess technically it is just bacon grease, but that is what she called it!
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/26 08:29:16 (permalink)
    I wear my grease stains like a badge of honor !!!

    Reminds me of all the great meals I have had ...


    If I ever go out to eat in a lite colored or white shirt , I just go ahead and put a spot of something on the shirt, cause it's gonna wind up on there anyway ! So I just get it out of the way at the beginning of the meal and move on
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/30 11:59:21 (permalink)
    The cream-like waterless hand cleaner that mechanics use (DL, Goop, etc.) work miraculously well!! Rub it into the grease stain, let it set for a half hour, then wash as usual. You can get this stuff at auto parts stores, most large supermarkets (look for it in the little section where they sell car related stuff), and hardware stores. Works every time!
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    RE: Removing Grease Stains 2003/06/30 12:51:10 (permalink)
    Lestoil applied directly to the stain. The soaked in a solution of Lestoil and water. I only know this because my entire wardrobe became threatened...
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