WHAT IS EBIKE GREASE?
A grease is a mix of lubricating oil and a thickener, usually a lithium or calcium-based "soap", which helps to make the oil thicker and stickier. This mix is great for your ebike's moving parts, but it can cause headaches for those doing the laundry. There are several methods that can be used to remove electric bike grease from clothing.
3 METHODS TO GET BIKE GREASE OUT OF CLOTHES
There are many ways to get ebike grease out of clothes using a variety of common household products that most people will have on hand. So when you choose how to remove electric bicycle grease from clothing you have a few options available to you.
There are different stages of grease stains, those that are fresh and those that have had time to set and soak into the fabric. The method you choose for how to get electric bicycle grease out of clothes will depend on whether the grease is now, or stained on.
NOTE: Before using anything other than washing detergents on your clothes first test the product on an inconspicuous spot to ensure that it is not going to discolor or adversely affect the fabric.
Method 1: Dish Soap (Best for fresh grease marks but works on stains too)
For this you want a dish soap that is designated a degreaser. Dawn is the most famous brand used for cleaning oil and grease from clothes and even ducks.1. Take the clothes and apply dish soap to the greased area.
2. Gently rub the soap into the greased area and leave to soak for ten minutes.
3. After 10 minutes run the greased area under hot water, stained side down so that the grease and soap run out of the clothes, not through them.
4. This may not remove all the grease. If it doesn’t then reapply the dish soap and rub it with a bristled dish brush to help lift the more stubborn parts of the stain. Leave for ten minutes again.
5. Rinse and repeat this process until the grease is gone!
Method 2: Baking Soda (Best for fresh stains on delicate clothes like those made of wool or silk)
1. Pour baking soda onto the stain.
2. Leave it all alone for 6-8 hours or overnight; longer is better. The baking soda will slowly draw the grease out of the clothing through osmosis.
3. After waiting patiently wipe the baking soda from the clothing and most of the grease should have been sucked out by the baking soda.
4. Wash the clothing as directed to do so on the label.
5. Allow the piece of clothing to air dry to ensure that the stain is gone. If you tumble dry the heat will help to preserve the stain in the article of clothing.
Method 3: WD-40 and Liquid Detergent (Best for dried-on stains on clothing that has been washed and tumble dried)
Bear with us. Yes, it does seem counterintuitive to use an oil to remove a stain but dried on stains are just that, dried on. Adding oil or lubricant to the now dried-on stain will reinvigorate it and allow for removal.
1. Spray an almost excessive amount of WD-40 onto the stain.
2. Allow the WD-40 to sit for 30 minutes to soak in and bring the stained-on grease back to life.
3. Rinse with hot water to remove the oil.
4. Apply liquid detergent to the spot and massage into the stain.
5. Leave it to soak in for 30 minutes.
6. Wash on the hottest recommended setting on the clothing’s label.
7. Check to see if the stain is gone.
8. If the stain is still there repeat the above process until the stain is gone.
How can I remove grease stains naturally?
Cleaning grease stains does not always require harmful chemical detergents. You can choose to use organic cleaning alternatives if you are concerned about the environment. However, when searching for natural grease removal products, look for products that contain citrus or water.
By making your own cleaning agent, you can guarantee the safety and quality of the ingredients. Here are some examples of organic grease cleaning agents you can make and/or use:
Vegetable Oil-based Soap
Grease stains can be removed with plant-based soaps such as caster or other mild soaps made from organic vegetable oils.
You can also use soaps made from organic coconut oil. With a soft brush, rub the vegetable oil-based soap on the greasy spot, then rinse the garment with warm water. Adding a few drops of organic lavender, lemon, or orange to the soap will make it smell mild and refreshing.
Lemon and Vinegar
Vinegar and lemon are great natural options you can use. Acidic properties break grease bonds, helping to lighten the stain. You can enhance grease removal by mixing vinegar or lemon juice with vegetable-based soap in equal amounts.
Borax is another natural compound with similar properties to baking soda. It dissolves in water and is more corrosive and stronger than baking soda. Clean grease stains with a paste of lemon juice and borax. The borax can usually be found at your local grocery or laundry store.
Tip: Borax can be extremely lethal when ingested. Keep it away from children.
Baking soda, also known as sodium bicarbonate, is a natural, non-toxic mineral that's available in supermarkets. The garment is naturally absorbed by the grease and any odor. Brush off grease spots with a mixture of baking soda and vegetable oil-based soap. Allow the garment to air dry after rinsing it in warm water.
Grease stains on your bike don't have to be permanent! You should be able to eliminate those nasty greasy stains without breaking a sweat with the right ingredients and removal method. Here is a guide to help you get rid of grease stains on your clothes and carpet. Hope it helps.