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How to Get Nasty Grease Out of Everything

February 20, 2018

Even though pizza is the ultimate comfort food on a Friday night, it's also messy and often the culprit behind life's worst grease stains. If you need to get grease out of clothes, couch cushions or, any other beloved item, use this advice from Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab.

 

 

 

Clothes

Pretreat with a prewash stain remover, like Shout Advanced Gel ($13 for a 3-pack, amazon.com). Launder, using the hottest water safe for the fabric. "Don't let the stain sit while you're at work," says Forte. "This pretreater is safe to use up to several days before wash day."

 

Upholstery

Scrape off excess grease. Sprinkle baking soda, corn starch, or other absorbent on the stain. Let it stand 10 to 15 minutes, then vacuum. Using a clean white cloth, sponge the stain with a dry-cleaning solvent, like Guardsman Professional Strength Dry Cleaning Fluid ($50, amazon.com). Blot until the solvent is absorbed. Repeat until the stain disappears.

 

Carpets

Use the same method as you would for upholstery. If the stain remains, mix one tablespoon of liquid hand dishwashing detergent, like Dawn Ultra Dishwashing Liquid Dish Soap ($2, amazon.com), and one tablespoon of white vinegar with two cups of warm water. Sponge the stain with this solution. Blot until the liquid is absorbed. Sponge with cold water and blot dry to remove the detergent/vinegar solution.

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