I can remember getting grass stains on my brand new jeans as a kid and running home to try and hide them in the laundry basket hoping my Mother wouldn’t’ find out. I guess I thought somehow the grass stain would magically disappear and she would never know. I’ve had to learn how to remove grass stains from clothing since my Mom doesn’t wash my clothes anymore. Getting stains out of clothing can require different methods depending on the different types of fabric.
Prior To Removing Stains
Certain fabrics can be ruined when using certain cleaning solvents. You should always test any of the following methods on a small piece of the garment to make sure the solvent doesn’t fade or discolor your clothing. After you have removed the stains make sure to wash the garment following the instructions on the label. Some of the solvent you used to clean the grass stain may discolor your other clothes so you should wash the stained clothing by itself.
There are different techniques you can try for removing grass stains depending on if the garment is washable or dry clean only. Check the care label, if it says “Dry Clean Only” that means DRY CLEAN ONLY!
- Grass stains are dye stains similar to pen ink or blueberries. The faster you begin to treat the stain the easier it will be to remove it.
- You should always begin by simply soaking the clothing in some warm water. Let it stand for 30 minutes and then take a sponge or brush and gently try to work the stain out. Grass stains can be stubborn. Many times this won’t completely remove the stain but it will help loosen the stain making it easier to remove.
- Next treat the stain with some laundry detergent or stain treatment such as shout. Gently work it into the fabric and allow it to sit for about 3o minutes then rinse.
- If the stain still is present, apply some rubbing alcohol mixed with two parts water to the stained area. Remember to test the alcohol on the fabric first. I have used hairspray in the past as a substitute for rubbing alcohol. Gently scrub the area and allow it to soak for 10 minutes. Follow that up with a warm wash, as hot as the care instructions will allow.
- If you’re garments are all white you can use bleach with peroxide to get rid of grass stains fairly easily. Remember you can only use bleach on completely white clothing! If a stain isn’t gone after 10 minutes of bleaching odds are the stain is permanent.
Dry Clean Fabrics
- The best tip for getting rid of a grass stain on a garment that is dry clean only is to get it to the dry cleaner as fast as possible. However, I’m assuming if you’re reading this article it’s either too late for that or you need the garment right now.
- Mix 4 parts water to 1 part white vinegar and gently treat the stained area. Allow it to set for 5 minutes and gently blot it dry. Remember to test a small amount of the vinegar on the garment in a non-visisble area before treating the stain to make sure it won’t discolor or ruin the fabric.
- If vinegar alone didn’t do the trick mix it with baking soda directly on the stain. The oxidization will help loosen the stain. After the stain is removed blot the damp area dry with a cloth.
Commercial Grass Stain Removal Products
There are a lot of commercial products that are very effective at removing grass stains. Some popular products you can find in your local grocery store are Shout, Tide to Go, or Oxiclean stain remover wipes. Goo Gone Spray Gel is also a great product that is organic and non-toxi has been know to remove grass stains. Having some of these on hand can help for future stains. Remember that the earlier you can treat the stain the better the outcome. Apply the product of your choice and gently work it into the fabric and allow it to set for 5-10 minutes. Next wash the garment at the warmest suggested temperature on the care tag.
Remember to always test any cleaner you are using on a non visible part of the product to see if it discolors the fabric. Finally, the earlier you treat the stain the easier time you will have removing it. Following these tips will remove grass stains from your clothing for good.