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Jun 3, 2010 11:01 AM

Laundry advice please

I do not usually wear an apron when cooking, but I should because my shirts have all kinds of stains on them. I am pretty good at getting the food stains out, but I seem to have a lot of grease stains still on the clothes. I have used Borax, Oxyclean and Shout. But I still see the stains. How do you get your food stains out?

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  1. For grease stains I rub a little dishwashing liquid (such as Palmolive or Dawn) into the stain, lather and rinse well. Then wash as usual.
    Grease stains are particularly persistent on polyester but this technique has worked well for me in the past. Borax and Oxyclean aren't soaps so they really don't help to break up the grease.

    1. grease stains can be tough. Multiple runs through the machine using regular detergent do nothing. I use "goo gone" on it (let it sit for 20 minutes or more first). Goo Gone is a great product to have around for removing stickers, gum, etc.

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      1. re: DGresh

        I second the use of Zout. It's the best stain remover I've ever used. Works remarkably well on just about all kinds of stains.

      2. I soak overnight in Biz and then put Resolve/Shout on it for 5 minutes before I put it in the washer. That seems to get out some of the tougher stains.

        1. I found that a little dishwashing soap and a toothbrush removes just about anything. Aprons are sturdy enough so that damage to the fabric isn't really a concern. I think the toothbrush helps work the soap into the stain a bit better than otherwise.

          1. Cotton and oil (or grease) do not get along at all. I'm taking lots of notes from this topic. If any of them really work I will be eternally grateful.