Hamburger grease stains can cling to clothes like a needy friend from high school. We can’t stop that friend from sending you messages on social media, but we can help you get rid of those pesky stains once and for all. Whether you just got something greasy on your clothes, or worse, you notice stains after washing, hamburger grease stain removal can be very frustrating. Knowing how to get hamburger grease out of clothes will give you peace of mind next time you chomp down on that juicy, delicious, and decadent grilled burger. So sit back, relax, and forget the bib!
Prevention: Stopping the Stain Before it Gets Worse
Can I really prevent a hamburger grease stain?
Eh, sort of. If you have dry clean only clothes, or professional clothes that are expensive, you might want to spend a little more money to stop a stain before it starts. Buy dress shirts with a stain-repelling feature. It might be a little more expensive, but if you don’t want your lunch joining you at your company meeting, it may be a good option for you. If you iron, you can also find ironing sprays that help repel stains. But, if you’re like me, you probably just throw your dress clothes in the dryer for a second to remove wrinkles (I also don’t have to look super polished in dress clothes).
Treat a Fresh Stain Quickly
Let’s face it, most of us don’t need to spend extra money on stain-repelling clothes. Aside from weddings, funerals, and the occasional interview, you’re more likely to see me in a t-shirt and jeans most of the time. But it’s so frustrating to me that so many of my clothes used to get relegated to at-home only clothes simply because of a grease stain. I often spill food on my clothing, and I’m no stranger to getting cooking oil splattered on my clothing in the kitchen.
I’ve also been pretty bad about not treating my cooking oil stains or noticing them until after pulling them out of the dryer. I finally said enough is enough and began treating any new stain as soon as possible. You can use dish detergent, laundry detergent, and even all-purpose cleaners to immediately spot treat and get grease out of clothes.
A really good choice is an all-purpose cleaner and degreaser. Not only is a degreaser useful for all-purpose cleaning in the kitchen, but it can be added to the washer to treat hamburger grease and oil stains out of clothing. Champion Ultra Concentrated Degreaser is a great option for this. Since the formula is concentrated, you get a lot of mileage out of one bottle, because it helps get rid of grease both in the kitchen and the laundry room.
Apply liquid detergent or cleaner to the stained area. Let sit for a few minutes or more before putting it in the washing machine. Make sure to air-dry stained items, and check them for any remaining visible stains. If it’s still there, treat and wash again. If the garment can handle it, hot water is recommended for the best results. I also recommend removing the garment before a cold rinse and checking it so the stain won’t set in. Repeat as necessary. If it still won’t come out, follow the steps below about removing grease stains out of clothing once the stains have set in.
Please note, it isn’t safe to treat dry-clean-only clothes, and don’t use harsh cleaners on delicate garments. If necessary, you can use cornstarch to absorb any excess oil. Make sure to blot excess oil with water beforehand, both with a cornstarch application and when using the cleaning products mentioned above. Leave cornstarch on for at least an hour, then blot with water.
Depending on the fabric, using gentle dish soap or laundry detergent after the cornstarch is okay too, just try not to rub the fabric too hard. The best option though is to utilize a high quality cleaner specifically designed for fine fabrics, such as Champion Delicate Wash.
The Stain is Set and it’s too Late! How to Get Hamburger Grease Out of Clothes
You just pulled your favorite shirt out of the dryer, only to find a hamburger grease stain you didn’t see. It happens, but after drying the stain is set into the fabric and it’s harder to remove a grease stain once it’s set. You might even have clothes that you haven’t worn in months because it has a grease stain and you can’t seem to get it out. Follow these instructions to get out even the oldest and most stubborn hamburger grease stains.
Before we get started
We already talked about this above, but if the fabric is dry-clean-only, then you’ll have to it to the cleaners. If it’s a delicate item, you can still try to treat the stain yourself, but be careful with the fabric.
For everything else, you’ll need the following items:
- A piece of cardboard or a plastic folder
- Baking soda
- Fine fabric wash for delicate items
- Spray lubricant
- Dish soap, laundry detergent, and/or multipurpose cleaner
- An old toothbrush or small cleaning brush (soft bristles, no metal brushes)
Once you’ve gathered all the items, the following steps explain the best approach about how to get hamburger grease out of clothes.
Step 1: Protect the Fabric
Place the cardboard or plastic between the clothing layers. This will help protect the rest of the garment from getting any oil transferred to it.
Step 2: Spray Stain with Lubricant
This may seem counterintuitive, but spray lubricants, like the one you use to stop a door hinge from squeaking, aren’t really oil or grease. While they may have some similar elements, they are actually a solvent. Make sure the stain is saturated.
Step 3: Cover with Baking Soda
Cover the affected area with baking soda, then use the small brush to work the baking soda into the stain. Shake or brush off the baking soda when all of it clumps up. Repeat until you’ve made sure the stain has been thoroughly treated, and the baking soda is no longer clumping when worked in.
Step 4: Pretreat Stain
Use dish soap or all-purpose cleaner, apply to the stain and work it into the fabric. Allow the garment to sit for at least 15 minutes.
Step 5: Wash Garment
Put the garment in the washer, making sure to use a good laundry detergent designed to remove stains. I personally love Punch Plus Liquid Laundry Detergent Fortified with Enzymes. It’s a great stain remover. The enzyme formula works much like a solvent, helping to break down the oil in the fabric.
You can add a degreaser to the load as well, to ensure the stain is thoroughly treated. I recommend adding degreasers to any load for those who work in fields where your work clothes are constantly subject to oil spills, such as those who work in food service or car repair.
Step 6: Check Garment
After washing, check the garment for stains before putting the garment in the dryer. If the garment is still stained, repeat the process until the stain is gone.
There you have it, I’m so relieved to finally have a good way to revive my clothes so I can wear them anywhere, not just at home. I’m also quite pleased to have a stain removal method that allows me to use multi-purpose products. I’ve always been a fan of mixing cleaning concentrate with water and making my own cleaning spray. Now that there’s a product that can treat my laundry as well? That just made my day!
It’s great to know that I can be as messy as I want when eating my hamburgers. Life is stressful enough, and the last thing I want to worry about is ruining my shirts when I chow down on one of my monster scrumptious burgers . Now I don’t have to!
I hope you liked this article on how to get hamburger grease out of clothes because I always love sharing my tips, from my home to yours.