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How to Get Grass Stains Out of Clothes

Posted by Patricia Spencer on
How to Get Grass Stains Out of Clothes

 

Even if we’re not playing out in the yard like we used to when we were kids, we can end up with grass stains on our favorite clothing.  And, if you do have kids, then you know that grass stains are an unavoidable byproduct of having children who enjoy any kind of outdoor activity.  Fortunately, although grass stains are stubborn, they’re not impossible to remove.

What Makes Grass Stains So Tough to Remove Anyway?

The reason why grass stains in particular are so tough to remove is because of the natural pigment of their fibers, which happen to be so similar to the fibers in our clothing like cotton that they instantly bond to our clothing materials.  This means that they’re more attached to our clothing fibers, rather than simply sitting on the surface of our shirts, pants, etc.

What is the Process of Removing a Grass Stain from Clothing?

If you or your kid has a grass stain on their clothes, never fear.  Just follow these simple steps below, which have been shown time and time again to work on even the biggest and most stubborn grass stains.

Step #1: Check the Label

If the grass stain is on a light colored fabric, which most are, then the first thing that you want to do is read the label on the clothing item to see its washing recommendations.  If there is a black triangle with an X, that means that you cannot use bleach.  If the triangle is striped, you can use non-chlorine bleaching agents.

Step #2: Apply the Product

You will need to blot away any excess grass or dirt on the surface of the clothing item. 

  • If you’ve a white or otherwise light material that can handle some type of eco-friendly bleaching agent, then follow the directions and run a regular laundry cycle with that bleaching agent. This should remove the grass stain.
  • If your clothing is dark or cannot take eco-friendly bleach, then you can find stain remover products that specifically work on grass stains.

(Possible) Step #3: Use a DIY Method

An alternative to above is to use a solution of equal parts warm water and white vinegar, and then let the garment soak for about 5 minutes.  Vinegar is a gentler option that can break up most stains, including grass, by removing the pigment from deep within the fibers of most fabrics.  If this still doesn’t remove it, add some laundry detergent directly on top, and use a toothbrush to scrub it into stain before rinsing it out with warm water.

The Key Takeaway

Grass stains are particularly pesky, but the good news is that they don’t automatically mean that you need to get rid of your clothes.  Try the methods above which many people find are perfectly successful at completely eliminating those green marks.  Grass stains are tough to avoid if you’ve got kids especially, but they’re not the end of the world, and require very little effort to remedy.

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