How to remove a butter stain?

How to remove a butter stain? Staining clothing and fabric with butter may seem superficial, but removing that greasy stain isn’t always easy.

Don’t worry, there are effective and easy tips and tricks! I therefore propose to you today on my best tips for removing a butter stain.

1. Remove the butter stain with dish soap

The first tip that I propose to you is the simplest and yet it works very well to remove a butter stain (or other greasy stains).

  1. Apply some liquid dish soap directly to the butter stain.
  2. Gently dab the stain and put the garment in the washing machine.

The butter stain on the garment should be completely gone after the machine wash is complete.

2. Detach the garment with Marseille soap

I also like to use Marseille soap at home, especially to remove stubborn stains from fabrics.

Here’s how to use it on a recent butter stain:

  1. Rub the butter stain with a little Marseille soap to form a kind of crust.
  2. Leave on for a few minutes to fully detach and rinse with clear water.
  3. Repeat as needed and finish cleaning the garment in the washing machine.

If you don’t have Marseille soap at home, you can also use black soap.

Marseille soap is a good ally for all types of greasy and oily stains as you can read in my other article here: Removing an oil stain from a garment.

3. Talc powder to remove a butter stain

Some products in powder form can be used to remove a butter stain from a white fabric, including talcum powder.

Here’s how to use it on a butter stain:

  1. Sprinkle talcum powder on the recent butter (or margarine) stain and leave to act.
  2. Leave on until the powder completely or almost absorbs the butter.
  3. After 30 to 45 minutes rub the stain gently with a brush and repeat if necessary, dusting again with talcum powder.
  4. Finish cleaning the garment or tablecloth in the machine on the normal cycle.

4. Rub the butter stain with toothpaste

Toothpaste in the form of a white paste (do not use gel toothpaste) is effective in removing various stains from clothes and fabrics.

So why not use it on a butter or margarine stain? Here’s how:

  1. Spread toothpaste paste directly on the butter stain and rub.
  2. Rub gently until the mixture foams, rinse with water and repeat as needed.
  3. Machine wash the garment or white tablecloth to remove the stain completely.

5. Butter Stain and WD-40

A powerful product you can use to remove butter stains from fabric is WD-40.

This is a ‘very powerful’ product so be careful as this could permanently damage the fabric, especially if it is a delicate and fragile fabric.

So here’s how to remove butter stained fabric with this product:

  1. Spray the product on the stain of butter (only on the stain) or other greasy stains.
  2. Take a toothbrush and gently scrub the stain and leave for 30 to 60 minutes.
  3. Put the garment in the machine and wash in hot water if the garment allows it of course.

You can also use hairspray instead of WD-40 if you prefer.

6. Absorb the butter stain with an iron

If the butter stain is dry and well embedded in the fabric then one solution is to use an iron.

Here are the steps to loosen the fabric from that grease stain:

  1. Put a paper towel over the butter stain and go over a hot iron.
  2. Repeat, replacing the paper towel, until the butter stain is completely gone.
  3. Then pour liquid dish soap over the stain and put in the washing machine to finish.

The hot iron is very useful for other stubborn stains as you will discover here: How to dissolve candle wax?

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