Removing Stains from Jeans
Most grass stains can be removed by simply washing the item according to the care instructions, especially if the stain is fresh. But if the stain has been allowed to set or proves to be difficult to remove, you may need to try other treatments.
Treat the stain as soon as possible, using a pretreatment product from your local grocery store. Test the product for colorfastness by applying to an unexposed area. Let stand for five minutes, then rinse. If the color is affected, don’t use the product. Also, check the label on your laundry detergent for pre-treatment instructions. To remove any last traces of the stain, an all-fabric bleach may be necessary. Again, remember to test for colorfastness. Bleach the entire garment following the manufacturer’s instructions, then launder as usual.
All moms and dads understand that kids will get grass stains on their clothes. Consequently, moms and dads have tried various methods to remove the grass stains and there is a long list of ideas. Some work and some don’t. The real solution is to bring grass stained clothing to Bibbentuckers.
Bibbentuckers does laundry and dry cleaning for any special needs like removing grass stains. Expert ‘spotters’ are always on-hand. We have specific people who are trained experts on removing stains using the variety of professional treatments — some are mentioned in this blog.
In addition, Bibbentuckers has Free Concierge services. So, we will pick up your clothing at no cost and get the stains out.
There are many different home remedies for removing Grass Stains. The following is a summary from the Internet:
Grass Stains on Jeans – Home Remedies:
- Vinegar – The list of problems you can solve with vinegar is truly astounding. I’ve often used it for cleaning windows but never thought of it as a stain remover. Soak your grass stain in vinegar for an hour and then wash and dry as usual.
- Baking Soda – Like vinegar, this stuff ends up in a lot of home remedies. You can apply a paste of baking soda and water to the stain. Scrub in some vinegar with a brush. The vinegar causes a “fizzy” reaction that lifts the stain.
- Hydrogen Peroxide – Be careful with this one. Since peroxide can alter the color of an item, you may want to test it in an inconspicuous spot first. Apply hydrogen peroxide to the stain before washing, and then launder as usual.
- White Toothpaste – Use the non-gel kind. Apparently applying toothpaste to a grass stain (on denim specifically) will remove it.
- Dish Soap – For cotton, you can scrub with dish detergent or even laundry detergent. Rinse. If the stain is still there, use an enzyme product, as discussed below.
- Rubbing Alcohol – Soak the stain for 30 minutes in rubbing alcohol before washing as usual. Or you can sponge the stain with alcohol, let it dry, and then scrub with dish detergent and let it dry again. If the stain is still there, use an enzyme product, as discussed below.
- Enzymes – Buy digestive enzymes at a health food store (the kind people consume). Mix a teaspoon of the powder with enough water to make a paste. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for an hour before washing as usual. There are also commercial enzyme-based stain removers available (Biz, Axion). Note that you must use enzyme cleaners at body temperature and that bleach and hot water inactivate enzymes.
Thanks to the Drycleaning & Laundry Institute for help in providing some of the above information.