Spring has sprung and whether you are gardening, playing in the yard with your kids or simply doing your family’s laundry, you will probably be faced with removing grass stains from clothing. Grass stains bind strongly with natural fibers because they are a combination of protein, organic matter and chlorophyll, which makes grass stains difficult to remove from clothing. Grass stains may be tough to remove but they are not impossible. Rather than spending money on expensive stain removers, reach for ordinary household items to remove grass stains from clothing.
Pre-treat the grass stain with rubbing alcohol (isopropyl) to help dissolve the stain and loosen it from fabric fibers. Wet a sponge with rubbing alcohol, apply directly to grass stain and hang to air dry. Once the garment is dry, rinse the area with cool water and apply a small amount of liquid detergent directly to the grass stain. Using cool water, work liquid detergent into a lather then rinse thoroughly with cold water. Allow garment to air dry and then launder as normal.
If the alcohol pre-treatment does not remove the grass stain, you may need to try a mixture of bleach and hydrogen peroxide. Mix two tablespoons of bleach and hydrogen peroxide with three tablespoons of cold water. Saturate the stain with the mixture; allow to set for one hour, rinse garment with cold water and finish by washing the garment as directed. It is best to try a small, inconspicuous spot on the garment first to ensure that the bleach and peroxide will not damage the clothing while removing the grass stain.
For stubborn grass stains, a digestive enzyme tablet may be the last alternative. These capsules or tablets are available in health food store, vitamin stores and some drug stores. Open the capsules or grind the tablets in a fine powder and place in a small bowl with enough cold water to create a paste. Spread the enzyme paste directly onto the grass stain and allow to set for an hour. For stubborn grass stains, use a small brush (toothbrush, nailbrush, etc.) to gently rub the paste into the stain. After allowing the paste to set, wash the clothing as directed by the manufacturer and check to see if the grass stain has been removed – – do not dry the item until the grass stain is completely removed as this will set the stain into the garment. If the grass stain remains, repeat the treatment after allowing the garment to air dry from the previous treatment.
Good Housekeeping advises that in order to remove grass stains from fabric you should pre-treat the garment with a stain remover before laundering with laundry detergent with enzymes. Furthermore, they advise that you need to wash garments in the hottest water setting that is safe for the garment.