There is nothing more frustrating than getting grass stains on white clothing. My oldest daughter loves to wear white but she’s also a tomboy at heart. Some of her favorite outfits are white and she even has white shorts and pants that she loves. But with all that running around and playing at school and at home, that white clothing is like a magnet for stains- grass stains in particular.
Laundry Detergent Liquid or Powder
If the grass stain is fresh in the white clothing, laundry detergent allowed to soak in the stain can work wonders to get it out. We have used both liquid and powder laundry detergent of varying brands. We’ve even used high-efficiency laundry detergent to remove grass stains with this method.
When using laundry detergent to remove grass stains from white clothing, look first to see if the detergent contains any bleach, as this will be very helpful. Special enzymes in most detergents also help break up the chemicals that make up the stain and will do so without harming your clothing or fading the color since it is white anyway.
When using liquid detergent, take a small amount (about a dime size will do for regular sized stains) and pour it onto the stain. Gently spread it around over the stained area and allow it to lie flat for about five minutes. Now return to the stain and rub the detergent into the stained area but don’t rub too hard on delicate fabrics.
Let the detergent soak another 10 -15 minutes and then wash the garment as you normally would. When you take it out of the washer, check the stain before moving the clothing to the dryer. If the stain is still there, don’t dry it yet as this will cook it in and make it harder to get out. If you still see some stain, begin the whole process over again.
For powder detergent, the process is exactly the same but begin by adding just a little bit of water to the powder to create a paste. Then you can follow the steps just as described above.
Bleach and Hydrogen Peroxide (Home Remedy)
When that doesn’t work, or when you don’t have any detergent available, you can try a home remedy my grandmother told me about that really works. All you need is some simple bleach and hydrogen peroxide which many people have sitting around their home already.
Mix equal parts of bleach and peroxide along with about 3 parts of cold water to make a paste. Now put this directly on the area of the grass stain on the white clothing and allow it to sit. You want to lay the fabric out flat so the substance doesn’t drip or run all over and it stays right on the stain.
Let it stay for about an hour to let the stain remover soak in and then wash as you normally would as instructed above. This should remove the stain. If you still see some remnants of the grass stain on your white clothing, try the entire process over again before you dry the clothing.
Commercial Grass Stain Removal Products
Now if you have tried these other remedies but they didn’t work or you don’t have the ingredients you need at home, you may consider buying a commercial product for grass stain removal. While there are several on the market, you will want to read them and what they contain to help you choose the best ones for your needs.
Some come in the form of a gel where others are liquid. Some are like a cream you spread on and others may come with an easy application stick or spray of some type. While you should always follow the labels of the product specifically, most require you to apply directly to the stain, wait a period of time and then wash as normal to remove the stain.