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How to Get Grease Out of a Taffeta Dress

by Celeigh O'Neil, studioD

Taffeta dresses are common attire for formal occasions such as weddings and proms. They are typically large and elegant, making them ideal for marking a special day while leaving them open to dragging on the ground or brushing up against a car door. Grease stains tend to absorb quickly into taffeta, but can be removed with some care and natural household supplies.


Step 1

Use a dry cotton cloth to absorb excess grease. Gently dab the affected area until all surface grease has been removed.

Step 2

Cover the stain in a layer of cornstarch. Cornstarch is effective at cutting grease while working gently on delicate fabrics. It will not discolor the taffeta in the process.

Step 3

Allow the cornstarch to work into the stain overnight. Leave the dress to sit for at least 8 hours.

Step 4

Remove the cornstarch. Gently brush the powder off of the stain without rubbing at the area.

Step 5

Wash the dress as directed on the tag or by the manufacturer.

Step 6

Repeat all steps if the stain remains visible after washing and drying.

Aloe Vera

Step 1

Cover the grease spot with aloe vera gel. Soak it completely in one to two layers of gel.

Step 2

Rub the aloe into the stain using a wash cloth.

Step 3

Allow the aloe vera to sink in to the stain for one hour.

Step 4

Wash the garment as usual, with the aloe vera intact.

Dishwashing Detergent Liquid

Step 1

Coat the stain in dishwashing detergent liquid. Use a detergent aimed at dissolving grease and oily foods.

Step 2

Allow the detergent to soak for 2-5 minutes.

Step 3

Launder the taffeta as usual. Repeat if the stain has been lightened but is still visible.

Items you will need
  •  Cotton cloth
  •  Cornstarch
  •  Aloe vera
  •  Dishwasher detergent liquid


  • When washing the dress, use a gentle color safe detergent to help preserve the original dye.

About the Author

Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.

Photo Credits

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