How to Remove Grass Stains from Clothes

Discover how to remove grass stains with this informative article – including tips & advice on pre-treating, soaking & washing clothes in the machine.


how to remove grass stains from clothes

Whether you’re a parent or just somebody who enjoys the great outdoors, you should really know how to remove grass stains from clothes. 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 Breeze ActivBleach (though we’ll also discuss a few more methods below).

No matter what method of grass stain removal you use, it is always best to test the cleaning product or method 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 good liquid detergent (we like Breeze with ActivBleach). This will help to remove the stain and keep your clothing in good condition.

How to Remove Grass Stains – A Common Starting Point

Whatever method of grass 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 others. 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:

  • Detergent or Stain Remover

Sometimes, all you need is laundry detergent – no other products required! Using a biological detergent can help treat stains, including grass stains. Simply rub the stain with a small amount of detergent – this pre-treatment will help to loosen the stain. Then, wash your garment as normal. Easy!

  • Rubbing Alcohol

Alcohol is a solvent, which helps 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.

  • Hairspray

Most hairsprays contain alcohol, so these hair products can have a similar effect to rubbing alcohol. It’s a little more work to use hairspray, and the results aren’t quite as good, so it’s best to use this method for mild discolouring. Apply the hairspray to the stain and allow to dry. Use a stiff bristled brush, such as an old, clean toothbrush, and scrub at the stain. Apply detergent and wash as explained above.

  • Bleach: Yes or No?

When it comes to grass stain removal 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 toxicity, and bleach can ruin certain fabrics, such as cotton and polyester blends. 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.

Alternatively, a laundry detergent like Breeze ActivBleach is specially formulated to whiten clothes – so it may end up being all you need!

  • 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 your regular laundry detergent.
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