How to Get Grease Out of Overalls

by Candice Mancini

Children are not the only ones to come home with stains on their clothing. Grease, in particular, is a common adult-clothing problem. Auto grease, bicycle chains, cooking oils, butter and greasy foods can stain overalls and other clothing. Simple washing will not remove most grease stains, but luckily there are plenty of cleaning agents that will do the trick.

Items you will need

  • Cleaning agent, such as liquid dish soap, stove-top spray or hair spray
  • Laundry soap fortified to remove grease
Step 1

Coat the grease stain with your cleaning agent of choice. Liquid dish soap, stove-top spray and hair spray usually work. Or you could pre-treat with laundry soap that is fortified to remove grease. Whichever product you use, apply enough so that it covers the stain and slightly pools.

Step 2

Let sit for 30 minutes to one hour.

Step 3

Rinse with cold water and wash in washing machine with grease-fighting laundry detergent. If the stain is not gone, repeat the entire process with a different cleaning agent.

Step 4

Once the stain is removed, put the clothing item in the dryer or on a clothesline.


  • When you are cooking with grease, wear an apron.


  • Remove grease stains before you dry them. Once clothes run through a dryer, it becomes extremely difficult to remove grease stains.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Candice Mancini has always loved matching people with career paths. After earning her master's degree in education from the University at Albany, she spent a decade teaching and writing before becoming a full-time writer. Mancini has published articles and books on education, careers, social issues, the environment and more.