I do my own laundry and on top of that i'm a fairly messy person, so take it from me, grease is one of the toughest kinds of stains. But before you reach for the bottle of stain remover, try this cheaper and more effective alternative. Rubbing plain white chalk on the stain can actually lift and remove grease on fabric as well as, or even better than, just about any grease-removing agent on the market.
IMPORTANT: Make sure the chalk is the old fashioned kind––the type used for writing on a blackboard. Some of the newer models contain wax, or other ingredients, that allow you to color on a variety of surfaces. Use old fashioned white chalk for best results.
- First: Blot the stain with a paper towel or napkin to remove any excess grease before applying the chalk. If you spill grease down the front of your shirt, you’ll need to first wipe up the food before tending to the grease stain.
- CHALK: Cover the entire stain with chalk and even some of the surrounding areas to be on the safe side. Allow the chalk to do its magic. The powder will start absorbing and removing the stain on contact.
- WASH: If you're near the washing machine, give the chalk a few minutes to do its business, then toss the stained clothing in the washing machine. Remove any excess chalk remaining on the item, then rub stain with a little laundry detergent. The chalk makes the stain easier to remove when you apply laundry detergent. Simply putting chalk on the stain won’t completely remove it––you have to wash the item for the best results.
NOTE: Set the washing machine to a warm to hot temperature to fully remove the stain. Add more laundry soap to your wash and then wash the stained clothing. You may need to repeat this step if the stain does not come out completely the first time.