Removing grease stains from a cotton shirt that is already washed and dried can make the difference between a stylish or lackluster impression. Imagine this: you have a washed and dried — or dry cleaned — dress shirt over a chair, you drop a greasy piece of bacon onto the shirt and your job interview is later this afternoon. Employ several household products to concoct a cleaning solution that will rid the shirt of grease in time for your interview if re-washing and drying is not an option.
Things You'll Need
Cover the stain with 1 tablespoon of corn starch. Lay the cotton shirt — stain-side down — onto the ironing board. Iron the shirt over back side of the stain to help absorb the grime.
Remove the lid of a clean and empty 32-ounce spray bottle. Fill the bottle with 2 tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent and 3 tablespoons of vinegar. Add warm water until the bottle is full. Reattach the lid. Shake the bottle for 30 seconds for a thorough mix of ingredients.
Spray the stain directly until the area is damp — but not soaked. Rub the mixture over the stain in small circles until the grime disappears.
Coat the area with a store bought detergent-based spray-bottle stain remover until the stain is damp — for extra stain removal assistance. Rub the stain remover over the stain in small circles until the grime disappears.
Blot the area dry with a clean cloth. Hang the shirt on a hanger — outside in the sun, preferably — to air dry the area for 15 minutes.
References and ResourcesPlanetGreen.com: How to Remove Grease Stains and Save Your Clothing
Care2: Effective Ways to Remove Laundry Stains
Ohio State University: Quick 'n Easy Stain Removal