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How to Remove Grass Stains

Found a grass stain on your favourite pair of jeans? Don't worry – discover how to get grass out of clothes quickly & easily with our top tips!



Whether you’re a parent, a keen football player, or you simply enjoy going on walks in the park every so often, you should really know how to get grass stains out of your clothing. Many people believe that it’s just kids and sports stars that end up covered head to toe in mucky grass stains, but even the most careful of us can have an embarrassing slip on some wet grass, leaving a greenish-brown tell-tale mark. So just what is the best way to remove grass stains? You’ll need plenty of clean water and a good quality laundry detergent like Omo Ultimate (though we’ll also discuss a few more methods below).

No matter what method you use to remove grass stains, it is always best to test the cleaning product on a small, inconspicuous area of the garment, such as the inside of the sleeve or leg, and always follow the advice on the label. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

If you need to remove grass stains from trousers or shirts, then the best strategy is to pre-treat the stain with a quality laundry detergent – we like Omo Ultimate Liquid as it’s specially formulated to lift dried-in stains.

How to Remove Grass Stains from Clothing – A Common Starting Point

Whatever method of stain removal you choose to use, you’ll need to start with soaking the clothing in cold water – never hot water. Many of us think hot water is better at getting dirty marks out, and while this is true for stains that are oily or greasy, it works in the opposite way for non-fatty stains. Hot water can set the stain into the fabric, so using cold water is the preference here. What soaking does is simply soften the stain, so that it’s more vulnerable to the effects of the cleaning solutions. Here’s what you can use to see great results:

Safety Warning

Use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use.

Detergent or Stain Remover

Sometimes, all you need is laundry detergent – no other products required! Using a liquid detergent like Omo Ultimate Liquid will help to lift stains, including grass. First, remember to read the care label on your clothes to ensure it is suitable for the fabric, then if so, simply rub the affected area with a small amount of detergent. This pre-treatment will help to loosen the stain. Finally, wash your garment as normal. It’s as easy as that!

Methylated Spirits

Methylated spirit contains solvents which help to lift off the green pigmentation left by the grass. To use, apply a small amount to a clean sponge and dab it across the stain (remember to read the care label and test on a small area first). Don’t wipe or scrub – you’ll spread the dirty mark across more of your clothing or even make it more difficult to remove. Rinse in cold water, and then apply a small amount of liquid detergent (or powdered detergent made into a paste with a little water), massaging it into the clothing, helping it to get deeper into the fabric. Leave to sit for 5 minutes before washing in the machine as normal.

Bleach: Yes or No?

When dealing with grass stains on white clothing, you may be wondering if you can bleach the fabric to get the dirty marks out. This really depends on your preferences, and the type of material you’re handling. Some people prefer not to use bleach due to its strong smell. If you do decide to use bleach, ensure you work safely, follow all the directions on the label, and never leave the garment in a bleach solution for longer than five minutes.

Now you know how to get grass stains out of clothing, you’re won’t have to worry about dirtying your clothes. So, how about that picnic in the park?

  • Soak the garment in cold water – never use hot water.

  • Select a stain removal product and method from the options in this article.

  • Once you have finished with your chosen method, check if the stain has gone and if necessary repeat the stain removal process or try another method.

  • Follow up stain removal with a normal wash using a good quality laundry detergent, such as Omo Liquid.

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