How to Remove Grass Stains With Vinegar, Alcohol, Baking Soda and More
How to Remove Grass Stains With Vinegar, Alcohol, Baking Soda and More

For parents, there are few things more smile-inducing than listening to your kids joyfully play in the backyard, bubbling with excitement and enjoying the outdoors. Active outside play is both valuable and fun, but it can also bring about some cleaning challenges when your kids come back inside covered with dirt and grass stains.

Luckily, there’s certainly no need to keep your child from playing outside: there are several excellent and guaranteed methods for grass stain removal, and we can also provide advice for dealing with mud stains, too. Read on for stain removal tips from us.

Are Grass Stains Permanent?

Grass stains aren’t permanent if you act fast to remove them before they’re set in.

Grass has natural pigments that adhere to the fibers in clothing in a very similar way to the pigments in store-bought fabric dye. It’s no wonder grass stains are so tough to get out.

How to Remove Grass Stains

1. White vinegar

Step 1.First, mix a 50/50 solution of one part distilled white vinegar, one part water and a tablespoon of dish soap into a small bowl or into a spray bottle.

Step 2. Next, apply the solution directly onto the stain, and let it sit for around 30 minutes. This will allow the solution to set into the stain and get to work lifting it.

Step 3. Then, gently scrub at the area with a soft brush or white cloth before rinsing in cool water. Repeat these steps until the stain is completely gone, and hang to air dry.

2. Alcohol

Step 1. First, dip a cotton ball, cotton bud, or cloth in rubbing (isopropyl) alcohol before applying directly to the grass stain. The alcohol should work well to lift off any traces of green pigment from the fabric. Then, leave to air dry completely, before rinsing the area with cold water.

Step 2. Next, apply a drop of liquid detergent to the stain, and gently rub into fabric for about five minutes. Once the stain has faded, rinse with cold water until there are no traces of soapy residue. Repeat steps until the grass stain is completely removed before hanging to dry.

3. Hydrogen Peroxide And Baking Soda

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Photo: tidylifehappywife

Mix a tablespoon of baking soda with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to form a thick paste. Smooth it over the grass stain and let sit for about 30 minutes. Aggravate the paste with a brush and rinse with cool water, then work in detergent, let it sit, then rinse in cool water again.

This solution made more of a mess than the others because the paste dried into a cake-y powder that gets everywhere when you start scrubbing with a brush. However, after the detergent scrub, it left only the slightest hint of yellow-green so I guess the results are worth it.

4. Regular Detergent

Add your usual detergent to the stain, brush in vigorously with a brush, let sit for about 10 minutes, and rinse with cool water.

This test was meant to serve as a comparison to the four DIY pre-treatments, but good ol' detergent (like Persil or Tide) and some scrubbing worked well. It still left a small yellow spot, which is why it lands in fourth place.

5. Hydrogen Peroxide And Dish Soap

Mix a bit of hydrogen peroxide with a few squirts of dish soap (no need to be super scientific about it). Soak the stain, let sit for about 30 minutes, then scrub and rinse in cool water. Add some more detergent, scrub, sit, and rinse.

In terms of results, this method is tied with the hydrogen peroxide/baking soda method. It left only the tiniest shade of the grass stain, but it's much less messy.

How To Get Grass Stains Out of Jeans

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Photo: thespruce

If there’s one stain removal skill you must have, it’s knowing how to get grass stains out of jeans. Thankfully, you can use a little more elbow grease with jeans than you would with more delicate fabrics and safe stain removers like distilled white vinegar, dish soap, and non-chlorine bleach.

Here’s how to get grass stains out:

→ Submerge your stained jeans in a tub of cold water for 30 minutes.

→ Remove your jeans, wring them out, and lay them on a flat surface.

→ Mix one part distilled white vinegar with one part warm water and soak the stained area.

→ Let the solution soak into the fibers for five minutes.

→ Grab some dish liquid and scrub it into the stain with a nylon brush.

→ Let the dish liquid sit for about 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water.

→ Wash your jeans in cold water with regular detergent.

→ Hang your jeans to air dry instead of throwing them into the dryer so you can be sure the grass stain is gone.

→ Once your jeans are dry, you can see if your stain treatment worked. If it didn’t, use a non-chlorine bleach to treat the stain, wash the jeans, and let them line dry in the sun.

How to Get Grass Stains Out of Shoes

You can remove stains from many shoes with a quick pre-treat and a wash. But if you don’t know how to get grass stains out of shoes, they could be ruined. That’s because once grass stains set, they could be there forever. Luckily, all you need to get rid of grass stains is distilled white vinegar, baking soda, a cloth, and a toothbrush:

→ Use a bucket outside and fill it with one part vinegar to two parts warm water.

→ Submerge your shoes enough to soak the stained area.

→ Scrub the stained area with the toothbrush while the stain is underwater.

→ If it looks like the stain is gone, remove the shoes and rinse them with cold water.

→ If the stain is still visible, make a baking soda paste with water and rub it into the stain.

→ Wait 15 minutes and either wash your shoes or rinse them thoroughly.

→ If you can still see the grass stain, repeat the process above, starting with the baking soda.

How to Get Grass Stains Out on Carpet

If clumps of grass have been tracked onto a carpet, the sooner you remove them the better. Begin by vacuuming up as much loose grass and soil as possible. Use a hose attachment, so the weight of the vacuum doesn't crush the grass into the carpet fibers.

Next, mix a solution of 1 tablespoon dishwashing or laundry detergent with 2 cups cool water. Dip a clean white cloth or cellulose sponge into the solution, and wring to remove excess liquid. Working from the outside edge of the stain toward the center, sponge the solution onto the stain, gently working it into the carpet fibers. Allow it to work for 15 minutes, and then blot with a dry white cloth or paper towel until all of the liquid is absorbed.

Then, sponge the area with clean water until no more suds are present, and blot dry with a clean white cloth. Don't skip this step. It is important to remove any soapy residue because it can actually attract and hold soil.

Allow the carpet to air dry, and then check for any remaining stains. If you still see stains, mix a solution of oxygen bleach (a variety that is safe for your carpet type) and water following the package directions. Repeat the cleaning steps with this solution until the stain is gone.

After the carpet is completely dry, vacuum it well to lift the carpet fibers.

How to Remove Grass Stains and Mud from Delicates

For silk and wool clothing, you should first check the label to find out more about how to wash that particular garment. If it is suitable for your fabric, you can gently apply methylated spirits (you can get these at the chemist) to the grass stain before either hand washing or placing on a gentle “hand wash” cycle in your washing machine.

Do not use methylated spirits if the garment contains acetate, follow any safety instructions on the label, and make sure that you use a detergent that is suitable for these delicate materials.

How to Remove Grass Stains From Sportswear

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How to remove grass stains from polyester baseball pants?

→ Mix three tablespoons of baking soda and two tablespoons of water to form a paste.

→ Apply a thick layer of the paste over the stained area and let the solution dry.

→ Combine a half cup of white vinegar, one cup of water and one tablespoon of liquid dish soap in a bowl.

→ Apply a small amount of the mixture over the affected area and scrub the grass stain using a toothbrush.

→ Rinse the garment with warm water and let it air dry.

Can bleach remove grass stains from white baseball pants? Yes! Simply follow the above method, then place the pants in the washing machine with 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach.

How to Remove Set-In Grass Stains

Wondering how to remove set-in grass stains from clothes?

Follow these five tips to get it done effectively.

→ Make a solution of two parts hydrogen peroxide and one part liquid dish soap. Put it in a spray bottle and shake well to combine.

→ Spray the cleaning solution to the stained area and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

→ Place the garment in a sink filled with warm water and a cup of all-fabric bleach. Let it sit for at least three hours (or overnight).

→ Put the garment in the washing machine and run it through a normal wash cycle using detergent.

→ During the rinse cycle, add a cup of distilled white vinegar to brighten and soften the fabrics. Air dry the clothes.

Should Use Hot Water or Cold Water To Remove Grass Stains?

Speaking of setting in stains, always use cold water when treating grass stains. Using hot water when washing your jeans will also encourage the grass pigment to set into the denim fibers.

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