Thanks so much for all your great suggestions! I think there's a big loyalty to Dawn dishsoap around here. My mom's always been a Palmolive girl - and I am too. But the result should be the same. Unfortunately it started raining Sunday night and has not let up yet. We don't have a dryer, so everything is taking forever on the drying rack inside (you know how well drying clothes on a rack during a rainstorm goes... Like molasses running uphill!). So I'm not sure if some things have come clean.
We don't have Oxyclean here, but we do have Frend - which is on the same concept. Like one person commented - if Frend doesn't work, nothing will. Well, I was afraid of that.
The rust items are still stained.
The grease stain looks better, but it's a dark colored top and it's still wet - so I'll know better this evening. It soaked for a while in dishsoap before being washed again.
The yellow dress of Oceana's with the grease/dirt stains came clean in Palmolive.
The purple top with stains (more recent) came clean, the skirt did not. But it'll go back in the Palmolive. It's brand new, so I'm not giving up too easily.
I think the newest comment about dying the stained items may be in the works. It's a beautiful homemade dress I made Oceana, and I can't deal with it being ruined this soon. Also, one is my maternity top! Can't give those up! Both items are light colored (yellow and light pink) so they'd probably take a reddish pink dying pretty well. It's an idea.
Gotta run, need a shower and have to be out of the house is 20-25 minutes for my midwife's appointment. Oops!