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How to Remove Axle Grease From Clothes

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By wildeagle301

My Laundry Question

MY HUSBAND IS A TRUCK DRIVER, HOW DO I GET AXEL GREASE OUT OF HIS CLOTHES?

Thank You,

Mrs. Donna VanEtten

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AXEL GREASE ON ALL HIS CLOTHES! PLEASE HELP. I GET LOTS OF HINTS LIKE CRISCO, AND NUMEROUS OTHERS BUT HE JUST BOUGHT A NEW FLANNEL SHIRT, OUTSIDE IS 100% COTTON THE LINNING IS POLYESTER WITH POLYESTER FILLER. I DO NOT WANT TO RUIN IT. THIS WILL BE THE FIRST TIME I HAVE WASHED IT. PLEASE, HOW DO I GET THE GREASE OUT OF IT WITHOUT RUINNING IT?

Lessons Learned

  • I HAVE NOT TRIED ANYTHING ON THE FLANNEL YRT. I DO NOT WANT TO RUIN IT THE FIRST TIME I WASH IT.

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Axle Grease can be tough to remove because it penetrates the fibers so well. The key is pretreating the stained areas. If you just wash and dry the clothes, the grease stain will be set due to the heat of the dryer and is almost impossible to remove.

If there is still a "blob" of grease on the clothes, remove it with a dull knife or spoon. Try not to push it further into the fabric. Next, blot away as much grease as possible with a white paper towel. DO NOT RUB! Rubbing pushes the stain deeper.

Next, sprinkle the stain with cornstarch or baby powder to absorb more of the grease. Let that sit for 30 minutes or so and then use an old soft toothbrush to brush away the powder that will have oily residue in it.

Next, use the old toothbrush to work in an enzyme-based pre-treater like Shout or Zout. Work from the edges of the stain to the center so you don't make it bigger. Treat the front and back of the stain if it has gone all the way through. Let that work for at least 15 minutes.

Now, wash the garment in the hottest water recommended using a heavy duty detergent like Wisk or Tide. After washing, check the stain. If it is still there, treat it again. Do not put it in the dryer.

It is going to take some time, patience and elbow grease but the stains will come out.

Good luck!

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