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Treating Hamburger Grease

By Dr. Laundry July 4, 2014

What’s good for getting out grease from hamburgers?


Happy 4th of July! With BBQ season really kicking in, this is a very timely question! A great technique for getting out greasy burger drips is to jumpstart cleaning by first pretreating them with a little liquid dishwashing detergent (the kind you use for hand washing dishes). Note that it’s important to work on the stain when it’s dry, so don’t rinse it first! Just apply a few drops to the stain and let it soak in for a few minutes. Next, wash the item in the hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and Clorox® Regular-Bleach for white bleachable items, or Clorox2® Stain Fighter and Color Booster for colored items. Air dry the item and check for success—if any greasy spots were missed the first time around they will be camouflaged on damp fabric and you won’t notice them until the fabric is dry. Just repeat the treatment for any spots you missed—and remember your chances of complete success go way up if the item stays out of a hot dryer until you know the stain is all the way out.