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Maintain Your Traditional Recipes this Holiday Season

You’re getting everything ready for Thanksgiving. After pulling out all your traditional recipes, your daughter runs in, eager to help. After looking at your all time favorite cookie recipe, you decide to start there. But then, a couple concerns pop into your head…

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Chesney holding butter over a mixing bowl.

Traditional Recipes

This recipe calls for a lot of butter. You decide not to care, because after all, it’s Thanksgiving and you want your Thanksgiving cookies to taste perfect. Now is not the time to skimp. BUT, your adorable, happy, little kitchen helper is sort of a disaster.

She’s still learning how to avoid making a complete mess. Despite your best efforts to contain the grease, she’s wiped her hand on her shirt. Ugh. Grease stains are the worst.

Chesney wiping butter on her shirt while making cookies.

(Don’t worry, I made her wash her hands after licking her fingers!)

How to Remove Fresh Grease Stains

Have no fear! With Tide Ultra Stain Release, you know it’s no big deal. Again, keeping with tradition, you reach for that classic orange bottle you’ve watched your mom and grandma rely on your whole life. That gross stain will come out in just a few easy steps:

Removing a greasy stain on a shirt with Tide.
  • First, pretreat early.
    • Simply put a little bit of Tide Ultra Stain Release onto the stain, and rub it in with the bristly cap.
    • Then wet with warm water and rub the material together to make sure the detergent is getting into all the fibers of the fabric.
  • Wash the clothing in your machine with warm water.
Before and after grease stain on a shirt.
  • After washing, check the stain. If it’s gone, dry accordingly. If there is still a bit left, rewash–drying may set the stain so make sure you check.
  • DONE! The stain is gone and no one ever has to know you’re a sloppy baker.
Chesney holding cookies.

Check out the same before and after image above but with more shadows. You can really see the grease.

Before and after washing a grease stain with tide.

Some Science

To better understand how soaps like Tide Ultra Stain Release work, a basic understanding of a couple words helps.

  • Hydrophobic – water ‘hating.” Think oils, fats, and grease. These don’t dissolve in water.
  • Hydrophilic – water “loving.” These are thinks that dissolve in water like salts, baking soda, and flour.
  • Surfactant – substance that makes it easier to break the bonds between liquids or solids.
  • Enzyme – a protein that speeds up the rate of a reaction.

Why is grease so difficult to treat?

Well, if you’re washing with water, the grease wants to just cling harder to the material it’s on because it ‘hates’ water. So, you need something that is both hydrophilic AND hydrophobic to entrap the grease.

The hydrophobic part of the substance lures the grease away, then the hydrophilic tails on the outside freely float in the water and rinse away.

Tide Ultra Stain Release has just these components to break away clinging stains without damaging your clothes. With enzymes and surfactants your clothes will be the cleanest–no matter what your traditional recipes call for!


Thursday 3rd of December 2015

tide is an epic name in our household. my grandma wouldn't use anything but. it is truly an awesome product.


Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

Tide is the best when it comes to getting clothes clean. I have a toddler so we NEED a working detergent.

Amy Desrosiers

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

I love when you find a good detergent and it actually works! Tide has always been reliable!

Seattle Travel Blogger

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

I am totally like this when I make anything in the kitchen. You would think I would invest in an apron with all of the mess I get on myself... but no... I haven't :)

Sabrina @ Dinner, then Dessert

Wednesday 2nd of December 2015

My kids definitely have made some stains on their clothing that are difficult to get out! They're a messy bunch!

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