How to Get Grass Stains out of Laundry

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If you have children, you're accustomed to seeing grass stains on their clothes. But even adults are not immune to grass stains. Once you learn to battle this summertime laundry hazard, you will be able to breathe a little easier when the green knees come through your door.

  • Be aware of the stain. If you're one of those launderers who throws the clothing into the washing machine without glancing at it, you will have a difficult time removing grass stains, or any stain, for that matter. Take the time to give a once-over to each item of clothing before you toss it in the washer.

  • Act quickly. If possible, act before the stain sets in. This is a general principle for all stain removal, but it's true for grass stains as well. If you see a child walk through the door with grass stains on his knees, ask him to go change his clothes and bring you the stained item.

  • Pretreat. Use a stain stick on the grass stain that contains an enzyme product. Alternatively, you can soak the stain in an enzyme product. Some of these products include Finazzle, Biz, Axiom and Era, but there are many others on the market as well.

  • Sponge. Get out the rubbing alcohol and sponge the stain. If the fabric seems fragile to you, dilute the alcohol with two parts water. You might want to test the fabric in an inconspicuous spot.

  • Launder in hot water. After you've treated the stain with enzymes and alcohol, launder it in the hottest water the fabric can tolerate. Use bleach if it's appropriate for your fabric.

Tips & Warnings

  • Read labels carefully for warnings about bleaches and detergents.
  • Never mix stain removal products together, because you don't know what kinds of fumes the combination can produce.
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