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A home remedy flop for grease stains on clothes…and what REALLY worked.

Ugh! I was traveling with delicious leftovers on a paper plate (mistake number one!) and when I got home, some of the grease from my mother’s INCREDIBLE (gluten free) chicken cordon bleu made its way onto my favorite Nike joggers.

Super annoying.

So, I decided to test out a simple home remedy I’ve seen floating around online.

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What they say you need:

  • Dish soap
  • Baking Soda

Yep, just TWO common household ingredients.

What to do:

  1. Squirt dish soap on stain
  2.  Sprinkle baking soda over dish soap
  3.  Gently mix dish soap and baking soda over stain
  4. Let sit for a few hours or over night
  5. Rinse in warm water gently scrubbing the stained area
  6. Wash normally and let air dry (I did this and even washed a second time. Do not put stained item in the dryer until you’re sure the stain is gone or it will set.)

Guess what. It didn’t work!

Maybe I didn’t scrub enough but I was frustrated – I even threw the pants in the dryer after the second wash, thinking it looked like the stain was gone – so then it was set-in when I pulled them out and saw that the stain was still there!



Still just two ingredients.

I sprayed the stain liberally with SHOUT stain remover

I rubbed laundry detergent into the stain and washed again.


I can tell you right now, this did not start out as a review for Shout. In fact, I had most of this post completed in favor of the baking soda/soap method as I waited for my pants to finish air drying – before seeing that wretched stain still there.

However, I was really glad this worked even after I, unwisely, threw my favorite mom-uniform item in the dryer. I like natural remedies for things, but it’s Shout for the win this time…







4 thoughts on “A home remedy flop for grease stains on clothes…and what REALLY worked.

  1. Thank you for this! Grease stains seem to be the one stain that my family always gets yet I can’t figure out how to deal with. This method is EASY – which is love.

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