Grease marks on clothes after washing

Helpful White goods Tips There are various possible causes for grease marks on clothes after washing. To try and prevent it always make sure you use a good quality detergent, and use the correct amount as advised on the packet for your water hardness and the level of soiling. Don’t overload the washing machine either..

Not using enough detergent combined with overloading can cause poor wash results. It can also cause “redistribution” of grease onto the laundry.

So something that didn’t have grease spots on it before can come out of the wash with marks on it. If you imagine that some of the dirt and grease is lifted out of some laundry but then deposited on another item. This is because the dirt and grease isn’t held by the detergent because there wasn’t enough in there.


How to remove grease marks or spots on clothes

Oil and grease spills during meals or during cooking can be particularly stubborn to remove from polyester. Pre-treat with something like Ariel Liquid and wash at the highest temperature recommended on the care label of the article.

Try using washing up liquid and an old toothbrush. Put some washing up liquid onto the toothbrush and gently rub the affected area round and round with it. After treating, put the laundry back in the wash on the wash cycle recommended for the garment as stated on its wash label.

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13 thoughts on “Grease marks on clothes after washing”

  1. i am having a problem with my clothes constantly coming out of the washer with grease looking marks on them. i previously had a zanussi lindo 300 and had engineer visits who couldn’t find a problem with the
    machine. i now have a beko washer and the problem is still there. i don’t overload my washing and i am mindful of which detergents i use (i have about 5 different ones) i really am at a loss with this any advice of help would be greatly appreciated thank you

  2. Andy Trigg (Whitegoodshelp)

    Hello Rachel. Which kind of detergent do you use on the laundry that gets the grease marks? And do you use the exact amount that is advised on the detergent packaging for the level of hardness of your water and the level of soiling? One of the major causes of grease getting redeposited onto laundry from the wash is when there is not enough detergent inside the drum. Essentially there are products inside the detergent that attaches to the dirt and grease. When the washing machine goes through the rinse cycles it rinses away the detergent and with it the attached dirt and grease. So if there is not enough detergent in the drum then when the detergent is rinsed away there is dirt and grease left inside the washing machine that can redeposit onto laundry and accumulate inside the washing machine.

    If you pull back the door seal where it meets the revolving drum, is there grease, grime and limescale underneath it and on the lip of the outer drum?

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