Your kids spent the day running around outside and now they’ve got the stains to show for it. But don’t go tossing out your son’s favorite pair of jeans just yet. Getting those green smudge marks out is possible—all you need is a few products that you probably already have lying around the house and a little bit of elbow grease. (But remember that the quicker you act then the better your chances are of removing the stain completely.)
How to remove grass stains
What you’ll need: A toothbrush, some distilled white vinegar (or a stain removal treatment like Zout laundry spot remover) and your usual laundry detergent.
Step 1: Pre-treat the stain by dabbing a little bit of vinegar or stain removal treatment on it. Let the mixture sit for 15 to 30 minutes (be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions if not using vinegar).
Step 2: Use the toothbrush to lightly scrub the stain and rub the pre-treatment into the fabric. This will help coat every fiber and make the mark easier to remove.
Step 3: Add the soiled item to your laundry machine with similar colors and fabrics, making sure to use an enzyme detergent (most standard detergents are enzyme-based) to lift the stain from the piece of clothing. Run the cycle per usual, and that’s it—your kids’ clothes should look as good as new (until next time, that is). Note: If the stain is particularly stubborn, you can repeat the steps above one more time.
Step 4: Bring on picnic season.
One last thing: The above method won’t work for delicate items or clothes that are dry-clean only. If you accidentally got a grass stain on your expensive white silk shirt (hey, it happens), then your best bet is to take it straight to the dry cleaner.