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Have you changed your cooking attire? Oy vey, the grease is destroying my clothes

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created February 05, 2012 at 12:33 AM

I'm now getting a very clear picture as to why my ancestors wore aprons while cooking.

Any suggestions as to how to deal with grease and clothing stains???

{Oh, and I'm currently frying up the most delicious pasture raised bacon from a local farmer. LOVES IT!}

EDITED TO ADD: Thank you to those that recommended cooking bacon on a covered cookie sheet. Now if only I could stop the drips of butter off my chin! Slurp. Yum.

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on May 08, 2012
at 02:33 AM

I think raydawg wishes it were an option to give DanielleNO812 1000 up votes.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

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on March 20, 2012
at 02:48 PM

Ditto. I cook shirtless, too. Thankfully, any micro-burns I get heal extremely quickly.

6bfbc7e749d378c510c49bfee774f457

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on March 20, 2012
at 05:07 AM

I can't even count how many tshirts and tank tops i've ruined from dribbled salad dressing oils and sauces...so glad to know i'm not alone in this!

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on February 05, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Used to work in labs so I have a few still hanging around. Still, when I got quite large several years back I had to buy one for myself for teaching a lab. I still have it ... it's a small tent now ;-) But I got tired of ruining clothes. All it takes is one "bloop". Aprons are OK, but with a coat, everything's safe.

Fe33d1321dad116f6fedd60266d0498b

on February 05, 2012
at 10:00 PM

+1000 for Zout!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on February 05, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Oh I agree! A succulent, fatty but of tender beef is so much more satisfying than anything Big Food can give me!

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(10611)

on February 05, 2012
at 06:56 PM

I remove all other cookware from the stove when the fat is flying. And I can never wipe the adjacent burners clean enough to not smoke.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on February 05, 2012
at 06:50 PM

I cook things slow when appropriate but tough clam necks need fast and hot unless you like eating leathery things. And the old surfer shirt and deerskin slippers pick up a few more indelible stains.

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(4878)

on February 05, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Wow, you are hard core! I never thought about getting a lab coat - good suggestion.

F02990386b12528111740ad6279ba29d

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on February 05, 2012
at 05:26 PM

I also do the bacon in the oven, so much easier, less grease splatter, very tasty

Ce41c230e8c2a4295db31aec3ef4b2ab

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on February 05, 2012
at 04:59 PM

Bake the bacon in the oven on a rack in a deep roasting pan- voila! no grease spatters

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

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on February 05, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Pretty simple. I use the above and have never had a problem getting grease on my clothes. Just curious raydawg - why isn't it an option?

F2e75ace73b77f258fca9e00e94d3360

on February 05, 2012
at 03:19 PM

I always wear a black zip jacket...not for the coolness factor, but so that my seemingly unavoidable drips don't show up!

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

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on February 05, 2012
at 12:43 PM

+1000! (I wish that were an option)

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on February 05, 2012
at 12:42 PM

There is such a thing as bacon from beef. :)

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

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on February 05, 2012
at 10:05 AM

Bacon is not my problem. It's the slow cooked lamb. Have you had lamb belly/breast? It's fattier than pork. The grease produced pisses my flat mates off.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 05, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I downgrade the splattered ones to gardening and painting clothes. Must learn to buy more patterned shirts!

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(4878)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:20 AM

LOL...I have thought of tie-dying my clothes in order to camouflage the stains.

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on February 05, 2012
at 03:06 AM

Use parchment paper under the oven bacon to prevent inner-oven splatters from setting off the smoke alarm...

24d67557966cdfc748fc2b12053e6a23

(335)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Bacon Grease Splatter Guard. :)

24d67557966cdfc748fc2b12053e6a23

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on February 05, 2012
at 02:55 AM

http://www.zazzle.com/bacon_grease_splash_guard_apron-154546952679648839

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(4878)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Thx, time to go to the store!

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

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on February 05, 2012
at 02:44 AM

no, no, no! Naked bacon cooking is DANGEROUS. Been there, done that, do not recommend! ;)

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(4878)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:44 AM

Big THX! Next time I will definitely use this method.

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

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on February 05, 2012
at 02:44 AM

Yes! Got several brand new Nike Dri Fit shirts for christmas that now sport grease stains from cooking dinner straight when I come home from CrossFit! Sad sad day.

0d0842381492a41b2173a04014aae810

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on February 05, 2012
at 02:42 AM

I can't tell you how many former-favorite shirts have become rags due to giant grease splatters.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on February 05, 2012
at 02:40 AM

Or wimp out and do it on a cookie tray in the oven like I do when I get a crowd for brekkie.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:39 AM

In the course of cooking and eating I have created a shitload of 'play clothes'!

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 05, 2012
at 01:51 AM

@TeaElf, at least we can laugh about it, right? Seriously, I think it's the very succulence of ancestral eating that cured my addiction on junk food. The junk just can't compete with the real food.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 05, 2012
at 01:50 AM

@TeaElf, at least we can laugh about it, right? Seriously, I think it's the very succulence of ancestral eating that

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

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on February 05, 2012
at 01:36 AM

Lol! I wear my cooking apron while eating because I got tired of wrecking tshirts. :)

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

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on February 05, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Oh yeah. Cookin' bacon naked.

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 05, 2012
at 01:12 AM

it is a tad ironic. Though I guess we could pretend it's lamb bacon!

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(4878)

on February 05, 2012
at 12:59 AM

Sorry to have offended you...and those who practice...and those who eat bacon.

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Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

on February 05, 2012
at 02:48 AM

Got a few of these for Christmas and i LOVE them. They really work!! Great for anything with grease or for heating tomato sauce. Highly recommend!

have-you-changed-your-cooking-attire?-oy-vey,-the-grease-is-destroying-my-clothes

Bdede2dbc411f2533a7e6f13674ade51

(804)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:47 PM

Pretty simple. I use the above and have never had a problem getting grease on my clothes. Just curious raydawg - why isn't it an option?

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on February 05, 2012
at 12:43 PM

+1000! (I wish that were an option)

35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

(5828)

on May 08, 2012
at 02:33 AM

I think raydawg wishes it were an option to give DanielleNO812 1000 up votes.

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1a65db77c3445729d54bc97cfe1555af

(205)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:31 AM

I use Dawn for all my grease stains. Just put some on whenever you notice a stain, then wash it (then or later) and the stain almost always comes out!

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(4878)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:45 AM

Thx, time to go to the store!

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852f205643b172b3c0251342a97dcd90

on February 05, 2012
at 12:52 AM

The solution is obvious, but using "Oy Vey" and bacon in the same thread seems wrong. :)

Bdf98e5a57befa6f0877f978ba09871c

on February 05, 2012
at 01:12 AM

it is a tad ironic. Though I guess we could pretend it's lamb bacon!

Medium avatar

(4878)

on February 05, 2012
at 12:59 AM

Sorry to have offended you...and those who practice...and those who eat bacon.

96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on February 05, 2012
at 12:42 PM

There is such a thing as bacon from beef. :)

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on February 05, 2012
at 12:36 AM

Buy a good thick apron and roll up your sleeves. :)

24d67557966cdfc748fc2b12053e6a23

(335)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:56 AM

Bacon Grease Splatter Guard. :)

24d67557966cdfc748fc2b12053e6a23

(335)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:55 AM

http://www.zazzle.com/bacon_grease_splash_guard_apron-154546952679648839

5
8838443ac82e9f98e4ae9daf80d50eb5

(896)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:40 AM

A restaurant secret is to bake your bacon in the oven on baking sheets. Cover them with tin foil if you are worried your oven will get greasy. This technique also lets you cook more at once. Huge timesaver!

246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21430)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:06 AM

Use parchment paper under the oven bacon to prevent inner-oven splatters from setting off the smoke alarm...

Medium avatar

(4878)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:44 AM

Big THX! Next time I will definitely use this method.

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002b5422e2455578273e0549cb53d1b4

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on February 05, 2012
at 01:26 AM

I bought an apron soon after going to a mostly fatty meat based diet. I also started cooking bacon in the oven to control spatter, which makes my weekend kitchen cleaning routine a much quicker affair.

3
77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:34 AM

Never mind cooking---I need to wear camouflage outfits to EAT so the drips don't show!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:40 AM

I downgrade the splattered ones to gardening and painting clothes. Must learn to buy more patterned shirts!

Medium avatar

(4878)

on February 05, 2012
at 03:20 AM

LOL...I have thought of tie-dying my clothes in order to camouflage the stains.

F2e75ace73b77f258fca9e00e94d3360

on February 05, 2012
at 03:19 PM

I always wear a black zip jacket...not for the coolness factor, but so that my seemingly unavoidable drips don't show up!

6bfbc7e749d378c510c49bfee774f457

(110)

on March 20, 2012
at 05:07 AM

I can't even count how many tshirts and tank tops i've ruined from dribbled salad dressing oils and sauces...so glad to know i'm not alone in this!

3
78972387772c994caa78513a83978437

on February 05, 2012
at 01:49 AM

Underwear and an apron... it keeps me on my toes to make sure oil doesn't splatter everywhere or burn me. My husband doesn't mind either : )

3
Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on February 05, 2012
at 01:05 AM

I'll either take off my shirt while cooking, or wear an old sweat shirt dedicated to the job (with the grease stains to prove it).

Ebcbbdcb8b727e69e06eaa102d49a84c

(1804)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:44 AM

no, no, no! Naked bacon cooking is DANGEROUS. Been there, done that, do not recommend! ;)

3aea514b680d01bfd7573d74517946a7

(11996)

on February 05, 2012
at 01:16 AM

Oh yeah. Cookin' bacon naked.

Ebb10603524dd22621c1155dd7ddf106

(19150)

on March 20, 2012
at 02:48 PM

Ditto. I cook shirtless, too. Thankfully, any micro-burns I get heal extremely quickly.

3
9f161572b637aaa94df427a46156fb74

on February 05, 2012
at 12:49 AM

I agree! That is my complaint about paleo. Everything gets so greasy. My robe, my pants, my stove and tea kettle get so greasy. I do wear an apron when I remember. Oh well.

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(10611)

on February 05, 2012
at 06:56 PM

I remove all other cookware from the stove when the fat is flying. And I can never wipe the adjacent burners clean enough to not smoke.

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F0e558010a2ecb31fa37b7c491596b8e

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on February 08, 2012
at 01:34 AM

Goo Gone! http://www.googone.com/GG-Browse-Products/Goo-Gone-8oz

It's the best thing I've found to remove grease spots from clothes, no matter how big or dark. You do need to follow the instructions and let it sit for a few minutes and use extra soap, but I've saved every shirt I own using this stuff.

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F2e75ace73b77f258fca9e00e94d3360

on February 05, 2012
at 02:52 PM

Every time I forget to put my apron on, I spill or splash something on myself. The trick is to remember to put the apron on! It's plasticized fabric, so I just have to wipe it down. Awesome!

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24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on February 05, 2012
at 01:54 PM

Zout for getting stains out.

My husband is much larger than I am. When his dress shirts are no longer work-appropriate, I wear them over my clothes to cook (roll up sleeves or just take scissors to them). They hang to my mid thigh. I also have lab coats or you can buy one for much cheaper than most chef's coats (and they come longer) at any uniform store. In the winter, the kitchen is COLD. I have a crap hoodie that gets put on over any clothing.

Fe33d1321dad116f6fedd60266d0498b

on February 05, 2012
at 10:00 PM

+1000 for Zout!

24df4e0d0e7ce98963d4641fae1a60e5

on February 05, 2012
at 10:03 PM

Used to work in labs so I have a few still hanging around. Still, when I got quite large several years back I had to buy one for myself for teaching a lab. I still have it ... it's a small tent now ;-) But I got tired of ruining clothes. All it takes is one "bloop". Aprons are OK, but with a coat, everything's safe.

Medium avatar

(4878)

on February 05, 2012
at 05:32 PM

Wow, you are hard core! I never thought about getting a lab coat - good suggestion.

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96440612cf0fcf366bf5ad8f776fca84

(19463)

on February 05, 2012
at 12:46 PM

I cook my bacon in a stainless steel pan at very low temperatures. I don't let it get crispy, so some of the fat just melts into oil, then, I pull out the rashers and crack open eggs on the oil. Win, win, no splatter, no mess. Crispy=AGEs, PAHs, not good eats.

Temperature control and time are your friends.

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44348571d9bc70c02ac2975cc500f154

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on February 05, 2012
at 06:41 AM

All the turmenic and coconut fat is making me and my clothes yellow. Perhaps i should change my cloth colour palette more to indian colours ;)

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98bf2ca7f8778c79cd3f6c962011cfdc

on February 05, 2012
at 02:42 AM

I agree with the apron rec and the Dawn dishwashing liquid for the grease stains. I am on a continuous search for something more natural but so far it's the best I've found.

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96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 05, 2012
at 12:41 AM

Yes, as AshleyRoz said, long sleeves just won't work.

As long as my forearms are bare I manage to cook without an apron--I'm all about slow-cooking and slow-frying.

However, eating lots of salads with oil and vinegar, fatty meat and bone broth stew I wrecked quite a few t-shirts (or, more accurately, wrecked them for social occasions since I'm WAY too cheap to throw anything away I can still wear) before finally admitting that I need a full-sized bath towel from chin to knees to protect my clothing.

I eat with spoons and forks but it's a messy, messy business.

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 05, 2012
at 01:50 AM

@TeaElf, at least we can laugh about it, right? Seriously, I think it's the very succulence of ancestral eating that

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:39 AM

In the course of cooking and eating I have created a shitload of 'play clothes'!

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on February 05, 2012
at 01:36 AM

Lol! I wear my cooking apron while eating because I got tired of wrecking tshirts. :)

96bf58d8c6bd492dc5b8ae46203fe247

(37227)

on February 05, 2012
at 01:51 AM

@TeaElf, at least we can laugh about it, right? Seriously, I think it's the very succulence of ancestral eating that cured my addiction on junk food. The junk just can't compete with the real food.

Fb67dc30cead043d1d13ea503a3044dc

(3280)

on February 05, 2012
at 07:23 PM

Oh I agree! A succulent, fatty but of tender beef is so much more satisfying than anything Big Food can give me!

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77ef7eaba743037c022c7fd28d5f99e1

(380)

on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

This was the bane of my existence for the first year or so of cooking more and being paleo. It took ridiculously long to put two and two together and realize how I'd ended up with at least one grease stain on every shirt. It also made me doubt my grasp of the world around me when I reinvented the apron using a backwards shirt before remembering "oh yeah....aprons. I get it now."

I've had luck with Oxyclean, although I'm not sure what crap ingredients are in it and I hear Billy Mays' voice in my head when I use it.

1
7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

on May 08, 2012
at 05:14 PM

My co-workers always smile as they see me eating my messy paleo chow at lunch:

have-you-changed-your-cooking-attire?-oy-vey,-the-grease-is-destroying-my-clothes

BTW, that's not a picture of me: rather, a professional model!

The day after I started wearing it, I splattered a huge bit of fatty bone broth on it (sparing my shirt!!!)

Such a deal: http://www.amazon.com/Frenchie-Mini-Couture-Waterproof-Tuxedo/dp/B00569OYD4/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1336497073&sr=8-4

Mike

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Eea6a68f5a7190d13c60e1c72417a581

(1376)

on May 08, 2012
at 12:15 PM

Just discover a new very effective stain remover- Carbona. It's specifically for grease, German made. Costs $2.12, in a small yellow bottle at (avert your eyes) Walmart.

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D5dff6376e17373751ccf4a10aaa0b34

(274)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:56 PM

You might want to turn the burner down a bit and cook your food more gently. Get a high quality digital thermometer (ie Thermapen, worth every penny) and learn to enjoy cooking things more low and slow. You will get more out of your food by not overheating it. This is very especially true with bacon, slowly cook some bacon with butter. It's amazing (takes an hour, but doesn't require any fiddling).

I think this is a much more traditional way to cook, as out ancestors certainly kept and reused fats over and over and would hate to burn them.

Medium avatar

(10611)

on February 05, 2012
at 06:50 PM

I cook things slow when appropriate but tough clam necks need fast and hot unless you like eating leathery things. And the old surfer shirt and deerskin slippers pick up a few more indelible stains.

1
B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

on February 05, 2012
at 05:07 AM

Splatter guard and healthcare scrub tops. Cute patterns, big pockets, and everything seems to wash out of them.

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D117467bf8e8472464ece2b81509606c

(2873)

on February 05, 2012
at 01:07 AM

Just let the bacon grease splatter on your face. It does wonders for one's complexion!

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on February 05, 2012
at 02:40 AM

Or wimp out and do it on a cookie tray in the oven like I do when I get a crowd for brekkie.

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Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

(3700)

on May 08, 2012
at 03:30 PM

So I got these free tattoos... at um... my kitchen. They all look like droplets.

Yeah fine, I'll wear an apron and get a splatter guard.

Yeah, I've had to throw some shirts away. Luckily they weren't expensive.

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Eea48ea8a2d50ac3ed486958dc7d9456

(190)

on March 20, 2012
at 04:34 AM

I ALWAYS cook my bacon in the oven! It's amazing, flavourful and comes out picture-perfect...and no splatter! 350 degrees for 10-15 mins (depending on how crispy you like it) Plus, you just put it on a baking sheet (with edges) and can worry about fixing your eggs, veggies, etc while it's in there. No need to flip or anything. Try it!

H

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11b7b7ba720a5cd43c74a0ef99a16adb

(3448)

on February 07, 2012
at 09:59 PM

Dry clean any garment with grease stains you can't get out at home.

The perc used in dry cleaning cuts grease like nobody's business (we used to even clean the grease off machine parts with perc). The additives for home use with a washing machine doesn't come anywhere near perc in it's ability to remove grease stains.

Dry cleaners also have other chemicals they can apply and blow the stain through the garment with a steam gun.

(Grew up in the dry cleaning business).

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B4e1fa6a8cf43d2b69d97a99dfca262c

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on February 05, 2012
at 03:08 AM

i cook nearly everything in the crock pot; the 13 hour shifts at work are great for slow cooking meals.

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