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Cleaning Greasy Fast Food Employee's Clothes

The fast food work environment can easily result in grease stained clothing than can be tough to clean. This is a guide about cleaning greasy fast food employee's clothes.
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April 29, 20051 found this helpful

I work in fast food, my shirts are always greasy and smelly when i get home from work everynight. I need some suggestions on how to tackle this problem. I have tried everything that I could think of. HELP!

Amy in WV

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April 29, 20050 found this helpful
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Put a little pine cleaner in the washing machine . One-eighth to one-fourth cup per load should do the trick. Most pine cleaners have washing machine instructions on the bottle. It will really get the grease smell out, and no, you won't wind up smelling like a pine tree!

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April 29, 20050 found this helpful
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I worked at McDonalds a long time ago.....i always

used GOOP hand cleaner on the grease spots on my uniform and then thru it in the wash using hot water and Tide

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April 30, 20050 found this helpful
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Try washing your clothes using dishwashing liquid. They're really good at cutting out grease. Find one in a great scent and your clothes should come out clean and smelling great.

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April 30, 20050 found this helpful
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Add one cup of ammonia along with your detergent. Ammonia is a grease cutter and deodorizer. Run an extra rinse cycle after you try this the first time. ( You already know not to mix bleach with ammonia.)

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May 10, 20050 found this helpful
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Go to an auto parts store and buy a tub of their hand cleaner/degreaser (Gojo is one brand name, but the store brand should work just as well). Rub a glob of this gooey handsoap on the grease stains, and work it in with a brush (an old toothbrush works well). Then wash in regular detergent in warm or cold water (hot will set the grease stains in). Add 1/2 cup of plain old vinegar to the rinse cycle (it will remove the odors, and no, your uniforms won't smell like vinegar!). Also, if at all possible, don't dry the uniforms in the dryer -- the heat seems to "lock in" the odors. Hang them to dry, outside is best, but even hanging them in your shower beats using the dryer.

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December 6, 20141 found this helpful
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If anyone ever reads this anymore, I know I'm reviving a dead thread but this is my advice. I work at BK and had 2 shirts that I washed after each shift, couldn't stand having bad smelling shirts. One day I got the idea to take an empty pickle bucket, clean it out good, and put hot degreaser solution we used for the floors in it. Make sure everything was submerge and let it soak overnight. Took the one out and washed both dirty shirts, and then dried them. It was a pound difference from the shirt that I degreased to the shirt I didn't. I usually do this once a month.

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July 20, 20080 found this helpful

I HAVE FOUND THAT DAWN DISH SOAP IS GOOD FOR CLEANING GREASEY CLOTHES AND ALSO CASCADE AUTOMATIC DISH POWDER. WHEN YOU PUT YOUR CLOTHES IN THE WASHER FILL IT UP AND ADD ONE OF THESE CLEANERS. LET THE WATER AGGITATE A COUPLE OF MINUTES AND THEN TURN YOUR WASHER OFF AND LET IT SET FOR ABOUT 5 MIN. AND THEN TURN IT BACK ON. THE CASCADE IS ALSO GOOD FOR STAINS ANS DINGY CLOATHES. BETTER THAN OXY CLEAN!!!! AND CHEAPER

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July 11, 20160 found this helpful

I work at dairy queen. And my shirts stink like fried foods and greasy hamburgers. I started using 3/4 cups of coke cola and 2 tbs. Of dawn dish soap with my regular laundry soap wash in warm water. And it works great. Takes the smell out. Give it a try and see what you think.

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July 23, 20160 found this helpful

wow i was soooo happy to come across your answer because I also work at Burger King and I know just which pickle bucket u used and I the degreaser that u used as well. I will absolutely try this and I hope it works thank you so much

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March 4, 20170 found this helpful

Your answer was definitely the best, I actually just started searching for ways to get grease out of my clothes. They feel horrible, and after letting my uniform soak over night in dawn dishsoap and hand washing repeatedly, I couldn't get it all out. I'll definitely try this.

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