Kids playing football, sliding into second base or playing in the grass in white uniforms or wearing jeans can leave bright green grass stains on their clothes. If you or someone else is the gardener in your house, kneeling on the grass to pull weeds also leaves the telltale green grass stains on your knees and other areas of your clothes. Regardless of how the grass stains made their way onto the clothes, getting rid of them is much more difficult than getting them, making laundry stain removal a dreaded chore. Grass stains can be removed with a little bit of effort and know how. Your clothes will not be forever ruined. Removing the grass stains properly and fully will not leave a trace of green.
Things You Will Need
Laundry detergent – liquid or powder
Nail brush or an old tooth brush
Stretch the grass stained material over a sink, bucket or basin.
Pour the laundry detergent directly onto the grass stain until the laundry detergent covers the stain completely. You can use either liquid or powdered laundry detergent. If you are using powdered laundry detergent, pour the powder into a small bowl or cup, add warm water while stirring the mixture until it forms a watery paste.
Dip a rag, soft bristled scrub brush or an old toothbrush into water and scrub the grass stain. Begin at the outer edge of the stain and work toward the middle. Avoid scrubbing over the outer edge of the stain because you can spread the stain.
Let the laundry detergent remain on the grain stain for five to 10 minutes.
Turn the clothing item inside out and place it under warm running water. If the fabric is safe for hot water rinse the detergent off the fabric with hot water. Rinsing the fabric from the opposite side of the stain pushes the stain out of the fabric fibers rather than pushing them deeper into the fibers as would happen if you rinse from the side the stain is on.
If the Grass Stain Remains on White Clothing
Dip a soft bristle scrub brush or an old toothbrush into the cleaning mixture and scrub the grass stain. Begin at the outer rim of the stain and work toward the middle of the stain.
Let the hydrogen peroxide mixture and household ammonia remain on the grass stained area for five to 10 minutes.
Turn the clothing inside out. Rinse the peroxide and ammonia off the fabric from the opposite side of the stain to push the stain out of the fabric fibers. Use the hottest water that is safe for the fabric.
Repeat if necessary to completely remove the grass stain.
Note – Hydrogen peroxide will lighten fabrics. Although it is not as strong as chlorine bleach it will leave a noticeable discoloration on dark color fabrics.
Do not put grass stained clothing in the clothes dryer because you will set the stain. If the stain has not been removed completely, repeat the steps until the grass stain has disappeared.