Removing Grass Stains

Grass stains – a common and annoying issue that crops up all year round. Are you tired of having your kids come home with these stubborn stains? Follow these simple tips to make it easier to remove grass stains.

The first step, no matter which method of stain removal you opt for, is to soak the clothes in cold water, not hot. Hot water can make the stain set into the material. Soaking in cold water will help to soften the stain.

Pre-treat

When removing grass stains from shirts and trousers, pre-treating with a detergent or stain remover is sometimes all you need. Rub the detergent into the stain and wash as normal. This will help to loosen the stain while keeping your clothes in good condition.

Alcohol

As alcohol is a solvent, it will help lift the green pigmentation of the grass from the clothes. Use a sponge and dab some alcohol on the stain. Always be sure to read the care label and do a test first. Dab softly and take care not to scrub as this will make the stain spread across the clothing. Rinse with cold water afterwards and apply detergent. Leave the item for 5-10 minutes and then wash.

Hairspray

A lot of hairsprays contain alcohol, meaning they can be used in the same way as described above. This method is a little harder and doesn’t always have the best results so if possible use the alcohol method. If you do use hairspray, make sure you allow it to dry on the stain before using a stiff brush to scrub it.

Bleach

With grass stains on white clothing it is tempting to try bleach. The success of this will depend on the type of material. Bleach can ruin some fabrics such as polyester and cotton. If you use bleach, make sure you follow all safety directions and never leave your item in bleach for more than 5 minutes.