How to remove grass stains from clothes

Take a look at our top tips and methods for the best way to remove grass stains from clothes.

Updated June 18, 2019

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Key steps

Get grass stains out with our key steps:

  1. Act quickly.
  2. Clean off as much grass as mud as you can before treating.
  3. Test cleaning solution on a small area.
  4. Use a detergent like Surf to pre-treat and then wash in your machine.
Pre-treat grass stains with Surf before washing in the machine. Test your cleaning solution on a small area first, and always read care labels before diving in!

Always finding grass stains on your kids’ clothes? Those stains turn up all too easily, while grass stain removal can seem a bit tricky. However, once you learn how to remove grass stains, it’s actually fairly simple. With our top tips you’ll find out what takes out grass stains, so the next time you see one you can make it disappear – fast.

How to get grass stains out

Before we move onto different specific methods you can try to remove grass stains from clothes, the following steps should always be taken:

  1. Always check the clothing care label to find out what your washing options are.
  2. Always read the instructions for any cleaning solution.
  3. Remove as much of the grass and dirt as possible before tackling the stain further.
  4. Test any new cleaning solution on a small area first.
  5. For machine-washable clothes, wash in your machine after any pre-treatments. Surf liquid detergent is perfect for the job – strong on stains and sweet smelling.

How to remove grass stains from clothes with detergent

A liquid detergent like Surf can really help you get grass stains out of clothes. All you have to do is rub it over the stain and then wash as usual. You can also try pre-treating with a 50/50 solution of white vinegar and water, and let it sit for five minutes, before reaching for the detergent.

How to treat grass stains with alcohol

Using a clean sponge, simply dab a small amount of rubbing alcohol directly onto the grass stains. The alcohol will help lift the pigment from the grass. Don’t wipe or scrub, as this could spread the stain. Rinse thoroughly in cold water before pre-treating with liquid detergent and popping in your washing machine.

How to get grass stains out with bleach

To bleach or not to bleach? The answer comes back to what your clothing care label says. If it can handle bleach, white clothes with grass stains may benefit. Only use if you’re totally confident, and never leave any clothing in bleach for longer than five minutes.

How to get rid of grass stains with hairspray

Spray hairspray onto the stain and use a stiff brush to work at the marks. Hairspray works in the same way as rubbing alcohol, but it may take a little more effort, so it’s probably best to use on mild grass stains.

Originally published August 5, 2019