Whether it's from a soccer game or an action-packed day at recess, kids and grass stains are pretty much inevitable. The question is, how do you get grass stains out of your child's clothing? First, it's good to understand the science of a grass stain.
As you might have already guessed, grass stains are an organic stain made up of proteins from the grass and its colorfully pigmented compounds like cholorphyll (green) and xanthophyll (yellow). These stains cling to natural, untreated fibers very easily, making it seem almost impossible to get the stains out. Grass stains are usually combination stains, because they also include stains from dirt and other debris.
So what's the best way to get those difficult, set-in stains out of your clothes? Try these expert grass stain removal tips the next time your child comes home with a grass stain.
Before tossing the stained clothing in the washer, try pre-treating the stain first. There are several different removal methods you can try.
Using a sponge or cloth, rub the stain with rubbing alcohol and then let the garment air dry. After it has dried completely, rinse under cold water and apply a liquid laundry detergent. Work the detergent into the grass stain and then rinse again with cold water. Let the garment air dry again and wash in your next regular load of laundry according to the garment's care instructions.
Using warm water and plain white vinegar, rub the mixture directly into the grass stain and then wash the garment in a normal load according the garment's care instructions.
This solution is great for removing grass stains, but you must first make sure that it is safe to use bleach and hydrogen peroxide on your fabric. Always test on a hidden area first. Mix one part hydrogen peroxide, one part bleach, and three parts water. Pour the solution on the stain and let it soak for 60 minutes. Rinse thoroughly before running the garment through your washer and dryer.
There are several commercial products available. Read the label before you treat the garment to make sure it is intended for use on grass stains. Most products require you to rub the stain remover into the clothing and allow it to sit for several minutes. Be careful to follow the instructions on the label for the best results and to ensure you don't further damage your child's clothes.
There are certain products and chemicals you should avoid when treating grass stains. These include ammonia, alkaline detergents, and degreasers. The use of these items will actually make the grass stain worse, setting the stain permanently.
Finally, if your garment is dry clean only, don't try to wash or treat the fabric yourself. Take it to your local dry cleaner to be laundered professionally. Otherwise you risk completely ruining the fabric.