Grass stains are one of the most common types of stains for all different kinds of clothing. Athletes and people who work outdoors are familiar with grass stains. And while they’re not impossible to remove, like some types of stains, grass stains still pose a challenge for many different pieces of clothing.
Depending on the location and age of the stain, you’ll need to use different tactics to eliminate it. This article walks you through all of the methods you can use to get rid of grass stains and bring your clothes back to pristine condition!
Stain Removal Tips
While grass stains need to be addressed individually, some tips apply for all types of stains as well. Even if you don’t know how to eliminate grass stains specifically, following these tips can help you save some other pieces of clothing from nasty stains.
No matter what material stains your clothing or furniture, time is of the essence! Getting to a stain as quickly as possible will increase your chances of removing it successfully. Stains set into the material as they dry and grow tougher to remove over time.
If you’re serious about stain removal, you can also incorporate cleaning agents like Oxi-Clean when you wash your clothes. Beyond standard detergent, products like Oxi-Clean will work hard to get serious stains out of your clothes.
Even if you don’t get around to removing the stain from your article of individual shirt or pair of pants, stain removers will ensure that they come out at your next wash. They’re a great first defense against stains and won’t let them hang around for too long.
Finally, spot treatments for your stains will dilute them and make them easier to remove when you do finally run them through a wash cycle. If you’re near your laundry room when you spot a stain, take off the garment and spray it with a targeted treatment to break down the stain.
How to Remove Grass Stains
While the methods listed above are broad enough to work on all different types of stains, the strategies below are optimized specifically for grass stains. You may find that different options work better for you depending on the severity of the stain and its location on your garment. Certain methods are also all-natural, while others use chemicals to target stubborn stains.
Natural remedies tend to work better on lighter or shallower stains; you may need to use chemicals to remove set-in blemishes. If you pick up grass stains on your clothes frequently, you can experiment with multiple options to see which one works best for you.
Soak Your Clothing
What we often call “grass stains” are actually compounds of many different materials. You may find everything from grass to dirt, dust, and other crushed-up items in a typical grass stain. This means that you’ll need to address all the different elements of a grass stain to remove it completely.
Soaking the article of clothing in water will soften the stain and loosen up the different compounds. No matter the type of garment you’re treating, you should always use cold or warm water rather than hot. If you let the temperature rise too much, you risk locking some of the stains into the piece of clothing. Cold or room-temperature water prevents this from occurring.
Different types of clothing will need to soak for different amounts of time. Usually, you can leave your clothing in for a couple of minutes then apply some stain treatment to begin working on removing the stain. Afterward, you should place your clothing back in the water for 15 to 60 minutes.
Your first line of defense against any grass stain should be standard detergent. With light or small stains, you may not even need to use any other method. After you’ve wet the stain with cold or warm water, apply some detergent and dab at the location of the grass.
It’s important to mention that certain types of detergent work best on dry fabric. Shout (whether gel or liquid) is one of these products. If you want to use Shout to remove a grass stain, start by applying the detergent to the dry garment on the area of the blemish. Then, you should let the detergent rest on the clothing for at least five minutes.
After the Shout has soaked in, you can wash the fabric with some warm water to remove the detergent. If the Shout fails to get the entire stain out of the fabric, you can repeat the process in the same way until the garment is clean once again. After you’ve cleaned it to your liking, you can place the clothing in the dryer and enjoy your stain-free garment!
Unlike many of the other methods on this list, Oxi-Clean doesn’t require you to take any extra steps to clean grass stains out of your clothing. All you need to do is add Oxi-Clean solution to the water when you soak the garment. The ease of use makes Oxi-Clean an outstanding choice for busy people who don’t have time to monitor and scrub a tricky stain out of their clothes.
If you do want to use Oxi-Clean, the only tricky thing is to determine how much of the product you should add to the water. Because it’s a dry powder rather than a liquid, you’ll have to mix it in with some water before you apply it to any grass stain.
Use the plastic scoop included with any package of Oxi-Clean to measure out how much to add. Generally, Oxi-Clean recommends that you add one scoop (filled to line #4) of product for every gallon of water you use to soak the stain.
Once you’ve mixed the Oxi-Clean in with some cold water, you can add your garment and let it soak. Depending on the size of the piece of clothing and severity of the stain, you may need to leave your garment in the water for one to eight hours.
White vinegar is a great way to treat stains because you most likely already have it in your house. The ingredient is common in cooking, though it can also be used for a host of other things around the house! For this method to work, you’ll need plain white vinegar — fruit vinegar, like apple cider vinegar, or other vinegar, like red wine vinegar or rice wine vinegar, won’t work.
To use white vinegar to eliminate grass stains on your clothes, you’ll need to soak the article in a solution with the vinegar and some water. A ratio of two parts water to one part white vinegar should get rid of most stains. Once you’ve formed your solution, soak the clothing in it for 15 minutes. Set-in stains may require a bit of extra time to come out.
After you’ve soaked the garment for the required time, give it a gentle scrub with a toothbrush or other abrasive agent. This step is designed to work the vinegar and water into the fibers of the fabric. They’ll be more effective at removing the stain if you do this with them.
Some sources recommend that you keep rubbing until the stain comes out, and then throw it in the standard wash to get everything back to normal. Other people may tell you tothrow the garment in the wash as you would normally, even if you still see the stain in there after rubbing it with vinegar.
While you can probably get away without much scrubbing for light stains, take your time to lift the stain off with heavier damage. Your goal should be to remove most of the grass so that the wash can clean up whatever is left. Remember to use an enzyme-based detergent (most detergents are enzyme-based) to ensure the wash removes the grass from your fabric.
Drying Your Garment
No matter what method you use to remove your stain, do not dry your garment until you’re happy with how the clothing looks! Dryers heat your items, which will lock any stains or blemishes into place permanently. Once a piece of clothing comes out of the dryer with a stain, the stain is permanent.
Sometimes, though, you can’t be sure that you’ve removed a stain until you see the garment dry. If you’re in one of these situations, air-dry your clothing instead. The air-drying process may take more time, but it will preserve your garment and will allow you to soak and scrub it again to remove any remnants of the grass stain later.
Grass stains are some of the most common stains we find on clothes all around. Unfortunately, they can also be extremely difficult to fight. This guide shows you everything you need to know to combat grass stains effectively. Follow our steps to get your clothes looking brand new again!