How to Get Grease Out of a Taffeta Dress

by Celeigh O'Neil

    Taffeta dresses are common attire for formal occasions such as weddings and proms. They are typically large and elegant, making them ideal for marking a special day while leaving them open to dragging on the ground or brushing up against a car door. Grease stains tend to absorb quickly into taffeta, but can be removed with some care and natural household supplies.


    Step 1

    Use a dry cotton cloth to absorb excess grease. Gently dab the affected area until all surface grease has been removed.

    Step 2

    Cover the stain in a layer of cornstarch. Cornstarch is effective at cutting grease while working gently on delicate fabrics. It will not discolor the taffeta in the process.

    Step 3

    Allow the cornstarch to work into the stain overnight. Leave the dress to sit for at least 8 hours.

    Step 4

    Remove the cornstarch. Gently brush the powder off of the stain without rubbing at the area.

    Step 5

    Wash the dress as directed on the tag or by the manufacturer.

    Step 6

    Repeat all steps if the stain remains visible after washing and drying.

    Aloe Vera

    Step 1

    Cover the grease spot with aloe vera gel. Soak it completely in one to two layers of gel.

    Step 2

    Rub the aloe into the stain using a wash cloth.

    Step 3

    Allow the aloe vera to sink in to the stain for one hour.

    Step 4

    Wash the garment as usual, with the aloe vera intact.

    Dishwashing Detergent Liquid

    Step 1

    Coat the stain in dishwashing detergent liquid. Use a detergent aimed at dissolving grease and oily foods.

    Step 2

    Allow the detergent to soak for 2-5 minutes.

    Step 3

    Launder the taffeta as usual. Repeat if the stain has been lightened but is still visible.


    • When washing the dress, use a gentle color safe detergent to help preserve the original dye.

    About the Author

    Celeigh O'Neil has been writing professionally since 2008. She has a Bachelor of fine arts from the University of Ottawa, as well as degrees in fashion illustration/design, digital arts and certification in hair and makeup artistry. O'Neil was a frequent contributor to Toronto's "Dialog" newspaper and has worked as an instructional writer, creating lessons in fashion, art and English for students of all ages.

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