How to get grass stains out using stuff you already have at home

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.

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Tannin Stains

Most colored stains are tannin stains, including wine, fruit (juices), tomato sauce, chocolate, coffee and tea.

For cotton, linen, and durable synthetics:

  • Apply stain remover directly to the blemished area(s).
  • Pour hot water from a height, or use the pressure from hot taps on the treated area. Allow the item to soak.
  • If the stain is not completely gone, repeat process until satisfied.
  • Launder as normal.

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Tannin Stains

For silk, wool, and delicate synthetics:

  • Apply stain remover directly to the blemished area(s).
  • Fill a basin or sink with tepid water and add appropriate detergent/wash. Gently agitate so items will be evenly soaped and wet.
  • Soak for up to 30 minutes -- do not soak silk for longer.
  • Rinse well. Run tepid water through items until rinse water is no longer soapy. Press excess water out of the item.


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Old, Stubborn, and Set-In Stains (and previously dry-cleaned items)

For cotton, linen, and durable synthetics:

  • Use an oxygen bleaching agent to safely remove dirt, stains, and odors. This is most effective when used with hot/warm water. It's safe for all colors, and is an excellent alternative to chlorine bleach.


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Old Stubborn Stains

For silk, wool, and delicate synthetics:

  • Apply stain remover directly to the blemished area(s).
  • Fill a basin or sink with tepid water and add appropriate detergent/wash. Gently agitate so items will be evenly soaped and wet.
  • Soak for up to 30 minutes -- do not soak silk for longer.
  • Rinse well. Run tepid water through items until rinse water is no longer soapy. Press excess water out of the item.
  • Do not use oxygen bleach when treating silk and wool.


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Oil Stains

Oil or grease-based stains include cooking oils and salad dressing.

For cotton, linen, and durable synthetics:

  • Apply stain remover directly to the blemished area(s).
  • Pour hot water from a height, or use the pressure from hot taps on the treated area. Allow the item to soak.
  • If the stain is not completely gone, repeat process until satisfied.
  • Launder as normal.

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Oil Stains

For silk, wool, and delicate synthetics:

  • Apply stain remover directly to the blemished area(s).
  • Fill a basin or sink with tepid water and add appropriate detergent/wash. Gently agitate so items will be evenly soaped and wet.
  • Soak for up to 30 minutes -- do not soak silk for longer.
  • Rinse well. Run tepid water through items until rinse water is no longer soapy. Press excess water out of the item.

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Blood Stains

  • Apply stain remover directly to the blemished area(s).
  • Pour cold water from a height, or use the pressure from cold taps on the treated area, allow the item to soak.
  • If the stain is not completely gone, repeat process until satisfied.
  • Launder as normal.
  • Please note: Always use cold water when treating blood stains. Hot or warm water will cause the stain to set.

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