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Old 07-29-2012, 09:21 PM   #1
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Default Grease stains in cotton dress shirts

I had a little laundry accident today and left something in an apron pocket I shouldn't have, a little cup of margarine/butter blend.

So I washed my work clothes and son's button down work shirts together on cold/gentle. Get them out of the dryer and there's grease stains on his shirts. Spray with Resolve, wash again and they're still there.



Any laundry advice for me? *sobs*

thank you!
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Old 07-29-2012, 09:34 PM   #2
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I've just read in two places that if you 're-activate' the grease stain by adding fresh grease to it, and THEN treat with detergent before washing, that it will get the stain out.

Anyone ever try this?
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That's not one I've heard but I'm not the Laundry Queen.

Soaking it in Oxyclean, maybe?
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I can't swear that this will work but in the past I've had some luck with this old trick.

Put an iron on very low heat and place a piece of PLAIN paper (like printer paper) between the iron and the shirt. The warmth of the iron releases some of the grease and the paper absorbs it.

Good luck!
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I nailed a shirt with some kinda grease. Could not get it out so instead, we took DH's hands, got them all greasy and made the shirt artsy with hand prints.

Sorry you can't do that with dress shirts.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:19 PM   #6
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Fels Naptha soap does a good job getting out most stains... But can fade colored items. An overnight presoak in dishwashing detergent mixed with Fels Naphta was my go-to for heavy stains.
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Ugh. It's all 4 shirts, not just 2.

I'm trying Dawn dish detergent and a toothbrush first.

Then I might try this

"Or... this great grease tip sent in by Sharon from Terrace, British Columbia, Canada; "If you have a set in grease stain, just spray the stain with WD-40 and let it sit about 20 minutes. Then, rub a dollop of liquid dish detergent (Dawn is a good one) onto the WD-40 stain and rub in well. Rinse and smear on a bit more dish detergent and then wash as usual" Thanks Sharon I use this one myself! "

http://members.tripod.com/~Barefoot_Lass/grease.html

I've seen the WD40 tip in a few places now.

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Taking a short break between shirts 1 and 2 and shirts 3 and 4.

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http://www.ehow.com/how_6071771_clea...on-fabric.html
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Go to the dollar store and get a bottle of Awesome. I have been using this stuff for over 20 years and it gets out just about anything.

You can only get it at a dollar store. I am not sure why some company hasn't grabbed it and made it five times as expensive, but they haven't.

It works so well....I just can't tell you.
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Ok, we have 2 dollar stores, I'll look tomorrow.

Once I got those shirts under a bright light, they were just COVERED with grease spots.

omg

I could cry

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Is this it, lint?

http://www.awesome-cleaner.com/
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Thrift stores open tomorrow?
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That stuff is too commercial looking to be the same thing. The stuff I have always used is very unassuming. It comes in a simple spray bottle, no fancy label, and it is a very boring shade of pale yellow. You pay nothing for advertising and it works like a race horse.

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I get mine from the Dollar Tree. I haven't checked the other dollar stores, and don't remember what the dollar store was in Texas that first got me hooked on it.

If you don't find it in the first dollar store keep looking. I am not sure if it is available in all of them, since the minute I find it in one I keep coming back to that one.
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We have 2 Dollar Trees and I will be there first thing tomorrow! I just happen to be working across the street from one, and the other is on my way home!

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They're hanging to dry now. Hard to tell when they're wet, but the lightest colored shirt looks like maybe I got them out. Used a lot of Dawn, let them sit for a half hour and then washed with a bunch of Simple Green and laundry detergent too.

They smell good anyway.

Tomorrow will tell.
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It worked! Yay for Dawn and a toothbrush!!!
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Dawn is very good for removing grease stains. Congrats!
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Dish soap is a wonder. Last night I soaked the metal filters from the range hood in Dad's house in TSP three times. It would lift the grease, but not get it all. Finally I resorted to a sink of hot soapy water. It took every last little bit off. Dish soap is my laundry pretreat of choice.
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It worked! Yay for Dawn and a toothbrush!!!
Sorry, I missed this, I would have gone right to Dawn. Prewash and soaking also.

Dawn is my favorite. If I don't have my Dawn, I don't wash the dishes.

The iron and paper thing works for candle wax on table cloths, carpets and clothing.

Never heard about using it for grease or oil stains.
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I'm glad the Dawn worked!

I've used the iron and paper method on cloth napkins and a tablecloth with some success. I think the density of the weave may have something to do with how well it works.
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It worked! Yay for Dawn and a toothbrush!!!
Dawn and a toothbrush is my go to for any greasy stain. I've even had success in getting lipstick out of white denim pants that made it into the dryer.
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I buy Dawn and I think I'll give it a try on a mystery stain I found. I had boutght new sheets for our bed and when we went to put them on the bed the bottom sheet had a big stain on it and we have no clue what it is. First thought used to be cat urine because we had a sick cat that was slowly leaving us, but Misty doesn't piddle anywhere but the litter box. Plus it doesn't smell. It looks like grease but it's been folded and on a small chest that holds all of the sheets and pillow cases. The only other thing I can think of is 7-up. I'm going to water some Dawn down just a little so it doesn't foam up the washer, and I'm going to try that with one of the Oxyclean packets.
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I buy Dawn and I think I'll give it a try on a mystery stain I found. I had boutght new sheets for our bed and when we went to put them on the bed the bottom sheet had a big stain on it and we have no clue what it is.

EWWWW
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It's brand new and never been used.
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Go to the dollar store and get a bottle of Awesome. I have been using this stuff for over 20 years and it gets out just about anything.

You can only get it at a dollar store. I am not sure why some company hasn't grabbed it and made it five times as expensive, but they haven't.

It works so well....I just can't tell you.

I think this is the stuff you're talking about

http://reviews.dollartree.com/0550/985190/reviews.htm


is it just to get stains out of things or is it a cleaning product like Fantastic or 409?
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All of the above. It's great on anything I've tried it on.
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