Tips to Remove Grass Stains This Summer

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Kids in fieldSummer is a great time for games, gardening and playing in the backyard, but it is often a headache for parents to remove grass stains from skin and clothes. The grass protein and green chlorophyll are so similar to semi-natural fabric like cotton that it binds with the fabric.  If you have to remove grass stains this summer, you can try the following:

  • The likelihood of success is much greater if you tackle stains immediately. Like other spots, they become harder to remove with every hour that passes.

  • Before you try a cleaning solution, first test it on an inconspicuous part of the fabric to ensure it will not damage it. The safest place is on an inside seam.

  • For fabric, commercial grass stain removers are probably the safest and most effective. These include Gel, Shout Liquid and Trigger. 

  • The team at KidSpot advises against ammonia, degreaser or alkaline detergents, because these chemicals can set the stain permanently. Similarly, avoid using detergents with brighteners on furniture or carpets, because they will most likely discolour those fabrics (KidSpot, 2014).

  • Grass stains are usually not as stubborn as they seem. They often transfer to another fabric without much effort. Once you have rinsed a stained piece of clothing in cold water without rubbing, dab it with a white towel to transfer some or even all of it onto the towel. Then wash it with normal detergent. This method is the least likely to damage your clothes, and it is often sufficient. 

  • Bleach removes grass stains. If the kids escaped outside with their white clothing, you can add a bit of chlorine bleach to the water and wash it. Alternatively, dab detergent that contains some bleach on coloured fabrics, leave it for ten minutes and wash it as usual.

  • Alcohol can also remove grass stains, but it is important to use clean methylated spirits or white spirits rather than, for example, wine or beer. Dab it on the spot, let it dry, rinse it with cold water and then wash it like usual. 

  • Clean white vinegar, as opposed to fruity varieties, is also worth a try. Mix it with warm water and gently rub the stained area. Then wash it.

  • For furniture, try a dry-cleaning solvent. You can also mix a tablespoon of liquid handwashing detergent with two cups of warm water and blot it onto the fabric. As with clothes, try cleaning solutions on an unobtrusive part of the furniture first to void an expensive mistake.

Ensure that the kids wear washable coloured clothing when they go outside.