Grass Stains on Jeans
Its ok to have grass stains on clothes for kids when they are playing in the lawn outside or elsewhere. The stain could be wet soil or from the grass leaves.
These stains contain organic pigments from the grass leaves that can permeate into the fabric turning into a visible stain.
Removing such stains isn’t difficult if you take prompt action, before the stain is completely dried up. And in most cases a simple detergent wash would be sufficient to remove them.
However, sometimes the stains could be a little more annoying than usual and stick around even after a wash. In such cases some common household items can be used to further clean the garment.
Method 1 – Usual detergent wash
Sometimes the stain would go away just with a little scrubbing and washing in regular detergent. Use an old toothbrush or a rag cloth and rub the stain.
Then wash as usual with detergent in warm/hot water and the stain should be gone. If it still persists then try some of the below treatments.
Method 2 – Try vinegar
Vinegar contains acetic acid which is quite effective in cleaning household things here and there.
Mix one part plain white vinegar with 2 parts of water and then use a piece of cotton bud or a small brush to apply it on the stain and then dab and rub slowly.
As the stain loosens up, then wash with detergent as usual in cold water.
Method 3 – Rubbing Alcohol
Rubbing alcohol acts as a solvent and dissolves the stain. Mix about 2 tablespoons of alcohol in 1/4 cup of watter and then use sponge or cotton ball to soak it up and blot on the stain carefully.
Just dab it till the stain starts to dissolve. Try not to rub it too hard, or the stain could smudge and spread even more.
Wait for about 5 minutes. Once the stain soaks the alcohol and starts giving up, wash the garment as usual with detergent in cold water.
Method 4 – Dish washing liquid
Dish washing liquid is yet another effective agent in removing stains. Spray a little of dish washing liquid on the stain. Scrub gently with soft cotton or sponge.
Wait for about 5 minutes and then wash as usual.
Method 5 – Commercial grass stain removal products
If none of the above methods try some stain removal products like Goo Gone spray Gel.
Spray it on the grass stain. Wait for 15 minutes and then wash as usual.
Another useful stain remover is Motsenbocker Lift-Off. Both of these are available on amazon.com
Note – Remember to read the label on the fabric for washing instructions.
If the stain is too strong and does not wash away with the above methods, then you may want to try hydrogen peroxide and bleaching. However, keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide and bleach are powerful chemicals and can damage the fabric or discolor it.
So always use very little of these chemicals and first test on some hidden part of the fabric to ensure that it can withstand.
Hair spray consists alcohol is a good alternative to rubbing alcohol. You can try a little bit of it on the stain to see how well it works.
If you cannot get hands on any of the above things then try something natural. Mix lemon juice in water and put it on the stain. Then rub with a little bit of salt. Wash as usual. That should lift the stain.
If the fabric is marked as dry clean only, then do not attempt anything and just take it to the dry cleaners who will treat it the right way.
If you have any more ideas on removing grass stains from jeans then let us know in the comments below.