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How to remove grass stains

Enjoy the great indoors without fear of grass ruining clothes – find out how to remove grass stains from clothes with our easy-to-follow guide!



Whether you’re a parent, a keen football player, or you simply enjoy going on walks every so often, you should really know how to remove grass stains from 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 liquid like OMO ULTRA (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 liquid – we like OMO ULTRA, as it’s specially formulated to help lift dried-in stains.

How to Remove Grass Stains from Clothes – 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:

Laundry Liquid or Stain Remover

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Sometimes, all you need is laundry liquid – no other products required! Using a product like OMO will help to lift 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 laundry liquid (or washing powder 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.


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 (or, at least, let it get to the ‘tacky’ stage). Use a stiff bristled brush, such as an old, clean toothbrush, and scrub at the stain. Apply laundry liquid and wash as explained above.

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, and bleach isn’t appropriate for certain types of fabric. If you do decide to use bleach, ensure you work safely, follow all the directions on the label of the product and on the care label, and never leave the garment in a bleach solution for longer than five minutes.

Now you know how to remove grass stains from clothes, you won’t have to worry so much about getting yours dirty. 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 your regular laundry detergent.

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