How to Remove a Small Grease Stain on Men's Dress Pants

Most people eventually end up with a stain on our good clothes.

Dish detergent is effective in removing grease stains from dress pants.Dish detergent is effective in removing grease stains from dress pants.
Men might like their dress pants to stay in top condition, but that isn't always the case, especially if they are cooking over hot grease or working on a car, bike, lawnmower or other appliance before changing. The result can be an unsightly grease stain on a clean pair of pants. There are a variety of ways to get the stain out and have the pants look as good as new.

Apply a teaspoon of cornstarch to the stained area and allow it to set overnight. The cornstarch works by drawing the grease out of the material. The next morning, rub some grease-cutting dish detergent into the stain and allow it to set for approximately 10 minutes before washing it in a washing machine. The dish detergent will break up any grease that was left after the corn starch application.

Use an old toothbrush to rub shampoo into the entire area affected with grease. The shampoo is effective at cutting through oils on fabrics the same way it works on hair. Allow the shampoo to set for approximately 15 minutes before washing the pants in the washing machine.

Spray a small amount of WD-40 on the area affected with grease and gently scrub it into the material using an old toothbrush or a soft cloth or sponge. Allow it to set for approximately five minutes, then scrub the area again. Apply grease-cutting dish detergent to the area and rub it in to break up the WD-40 and the grease. Wash the pants in the washing machine as usual.

Rinse the area of the pants affected with grease under hot water in the sink. Situate the stain directly under the faucet and let the hot water pour directly on it until the stain can no longer be seen, then wash the pants in the washing machine as usual.

Things You Will Need

  • Cornstarch
  • Grease-cutting dish detergent
  • Shampoo
  • Toothbrush
  • Clean cloth
  • WD-40

About the Author

Nicholas Nesler has worked in journalism for over 10 years as a reporter, photo editor and sports editor. Nesler has written for "The Batesville Guard" and the "Paragould Daily Press." His awards include the '07 FOI award from the APME. He received his bachelor's degree in journalism at Arkansas State University, Jonesboro and his master's degree in education at the University of Central Arkansas.