Grease and oil stains can be tricky to remove from fabric, and especially from clothing. Did working under your car cause your new shirt to get greasy when you changed your oil? Did you forget your lip balm in your pants pocket and run it through the wash? Whatever the grease or oil stain, there’s almost certainly a way for you to remove it using one or several of the methods below.


Food tastes delicious when it’s cooked in cast iron, but cleaning those heavy pots and pans with the sticky mess inside is no fun at all. You can make the cleanup a lot easier by pouring some club soda in the pan while it’s still warm. The bubbly soda will keep the mess from sticking.


Rub a little dish soap right onto one of your most recent stains and let it sit for a little while before washing. Send the shirt through the wash and you won’t see a stain! Go ahead and dry it too. Like magic, the stain will be gone!


Rub chalk on a grease spot on clothing or table linens and let it absorb the oil before you brush it off. If the stain lingers, rub chalk into it again before laundering. The chalk will absorb the oils that hold dirt in.


If you get a grease splatter on your clothing, try dabbing the stain with some baby powder on a powder puff. Make sure you rub it in well, and then remove and brush off any excess powder. Repeat until the mark is gone.


Vinegar is a natural cleaning agent used in a wide variety of applications, however, it reduces the alkalinity of soaps or detergents, making them less effective, so do not use detergents or soaps along with any vinegar. If you wish, mix one part vinegar with two parts water and soak the article of clothing in the water and vinegar, then rinse out the vinegar and use the detergent as usual.