How to Get Hamburger Grease Off of a Shirt

A juicy hamburger can quench an appetite.

Cold-Water Pretreatment

The resulting hamburger-grease stain was inevitable.The resulting hamburger-grease stain was inevitable.
With that juicy burger comes the risk of incurring on your shirt the somewhat-devastating hamburger-grease stain. Fear not. Hamburger-grease stains are protein stains, and knowing how to deal with this type of stain helps to make its removal possible. The result will be a shirt that lives to fight another hamburger-grease stain.

Leave the shirt on. Place a folded paper towel inside the shirt, under the grease stain. Wet another paper towel with cold water. Blot the hamburger grease and allow the cold water to penetrate the stain.

Remove the paper towel from under the shirt. Take off the shirt.

Lay the shirt on a flat surface. Apply a laundry stain remover directly to the hamburger-grease stain. Launder the shirt with detergent according to the care label in the hottest water that the shirt's fabric will tolerate.

Talc or Baby-Powder Pretreatment

Remove the grease-stained shirt. Lay the shirt on a flat surface. Insert a folded paper towel inside the shirt between the stained layer of the shirt and the back.

Cover the stain with talcum or baby powder and let sit for 30 minutes.

Sweep the powder from the shirt with your fingers.

Apply a laundry stain remover directly to the hamburger-grease stain. Launder the shirt with detergent according to the care label in the hottest water that the shirt's fabric will tolerate.

Laundry-Detegerent Pretreatment

Fill a clean bucket with 1 gallon warm water. Add 5 tsp. laundry detergent to the water.

Place the grease-stained shirt in the bucket, pushing it below the water's surface. Place a clean, white towel on top of the shirt to weigh it down and let soak for 30 minutes.

Remove the shirt from the bucket, gently wringing out excess water.

Launder the shirt with detergent according to the care label in the hottest water that the shirt's fabric will tolerate.

Things You Will Need

  • Paper towels
  • Laundry stain remover
  • Laundry detergent
  • Talcum or baby powder
  • Bucket
  • White towel

Tip

  • Always use cold water on a fresh hamburger-grease stain.

Warning

  • Applying warm or hot water directly to a fresh stain will set the stain.

About the Author

Based in Wheeling, W.V., Lisa Rowe has been writing since 2008, specializing in health and home improvement articles. Her work appears in various online publications such as Merchant Circle. Rowe received an Associate of Arts in English and a certificate in medical assisting, both from Belmont Technical College.