Removing Grass Stains From Clothing

Tips on how to remove grass stains from clothing.

If your children love to play outside, there's a good chance you've had to contend with grass stains. Green and unsightly, grass stains can be difficult to remove if you don't act quickly. In most cases, the grass acts as a dye, permeating into the fabric and pretty much ruining it if it's not cleaned properly or tended to in a timely manner.

So, what's the best way to contend with grass stains? Quickly! As soon as possible, remove the offending item of clothing. It's important to pre-treat the stain prior to machine washing. First, use a sponge and blot the stain with water for a minute or two to soften. Soak the stain with a commercial laundry pre-treating agent, rubbing alcohol or vinegar. There's a chance the stain might not totally be removed by any of these products, but at the very least, it will fade so it's barely noticeable. Let the pre-treating agent sit on the stain for a few hours. Overnight is ideal. It's important to note, however, that rubbing alcohol should never be used on wool or silk garments. Take care to read the label to be sure the item of clothing doesn't contain either of these materials.

When pre-treating time is up, rinse the pre-treating agent from the garment by running it under a cool faucet. When you're sure the pre-treating agent is removed, ring out the wet spot, apply and rub in your regular laundry detergent. At this point, you can either toss the grass-stained item of clothing into the washing machine with a full load of laundry or continue to wash it by hand.

Whatever method you use to launder the grass-stained garment, make sure no heat is applied until the stain is removed. Heat will set a stain into an item of clothing permanently. Types of heat to avoid include hot water, the clothes dryer or an iron. If the item is still stained, you can repeat the process.

If the stain remains, you can try blotting with one of these remedies:

-Hydrogen Peroxide (Test on a hidden area first to make sure there is no bleaching.)

- Make a paste of baking soda and vinegar. Massage this into the stain and let sit.

- Spray window and glass cleaner onto the stain and let sit for at least an hour.

- Apply ammonia to the stain with a toothbrush. (You may need to open the windows for this one.)

-Chlorine or non-chlorine bleach. As with peroxide, it's best to test bleaching agents on a hidden area first to make sure no discoloration will occur.

If none of this works, there's a good chance the stain is permanent. You can try bringing the garment into your dry cleaner to see what she recommends. She may have a chemical or procedure that can remove the stain for you.

If you act quickly or if the stain isn't ground in too deeply, there's no reason why the grass stain shouldn't be easily removed. No matter what the outcome, don't let it keep you or your children from enjoying the great outdoors.

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