Removing Motor Grease from Cotton-Poly Blend

by Lee Wyatt
(last updated August 24, 2015)


For some reason, removing motor grease from cotton-poly blend is perceived as one of the more difficult laundry problems out there. The truth is, that there are several methods that you can use to get rid of this type of stain, which are listed here. While some of these methods may seem a little strange, each and every one of them will work. All you need to do is be willing to try it. If you are hesitant about using any of these methods at all, be sure to test them out on a similar piece of fabric to see what the end result will be. If there is any damage to your particular piece of fabric, than do not use the method to clean.

  • Specialized soaps. Utilize soaps such as Red Stallion, Clear Magic (from Turtle Wax), and Whisk, Palmolive, and Dawn to help you remove motor grease from cotton-poly blend fabrics. Each of these cleaners has been specially designed to cut through most types of grease, oil, and petroleum products. Simply apply the products according to the directions, or in the case of the dish soaps directly to the stained area, and wash as you normally would. Before placing the stained item into the dryer, double check to make sure that everything is clean. If it is not, repeat the process.
  • Shampoos. Utilize a shampoo that has been designed to deal with greasy hair. If you are generous enough with it, applying it directly to the stain and rubbing it in, you will have little or not problem getting the stain out. After applying the shampoo wash as you normally would, checking to make sure that the garment is clean prior to placing in the dryer.
  • Homemade recipe. Create a cleaning mixture made from 1 cup good quality non-scented liquid laundry detergent, 1 cup good quality powdered laundry detergent, 1 cup Shout, 1 cup Spray & Wash, 1 cup Palmolive, 1 shot glass Dawn, 1 cup of Winter-40 Automobile Window Washer Fluid, 1 cup warm water, 1 cup Whisk. Mix everything together, but do not shake. Apply the mixture liberally to the stained area of the fabric and work it in with a soft nail brush. Allow the item to sit for thirty minutes, and then wash as you normally would. The stain should come out with no problem, but double check prior to placing in the laundry.

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2015-08-29 08:54:35


Coming from a long line of mechanics, I've always kept a bottle of LESTOIL GREAT on auto grease, and cooking grease as well, just follow the directions on the bottle.

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