How to Clean White Polyester Baseball Uniforms

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Baseball players never come home clean. The many different elements of a baseball game, such as clay, grass, and sometimes even blood, can create some tough stains. The fact that baseball uniforms are made out of polyester may make stain removal seem even more difficult, since you can't bleach them or wash them in hot water. Fortunately, there are ways to remove those nasty stains and get those baseball uniforms sparkling white again.

Things You'll Need

  • Hard-bristled brush
  • Laundry stain remover
  • 4 gallons warm water
  • Large bucket
  • 1 cup powdered oxygenated bleach
  • Wooden spoon
  • 1 cup laundry detergent
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Use a hard-bristled brush to sweep away the excess mud and dirt. Use quick, short strokes, concentrating only on the soiled area to prevent the dirt from spreading.

  • Spray stained and heavily soiled parts of the uniform with a laundry stain remover. Rub the liquid into the stain and allow it to soak in for approximately one hour.

  • Pour four gallons of warm water into a large bucket. Add one cup of a powdered oxygenated bleach—such as OxiClean or Clorox Oxy Magic—to the water and mix it with a wooden spoon until the powder is dissolved. Submerge the uniform in the water and allow it to soak overnight.

  • Wash the baseball uniform in warm water on the normal cycle. Add one cup of laundry detergent at the beginning of the wash cycle, and then add one cup of vinegar in the final rinse. The vinegar will brighten up the white polyester.

Tips & Warnings

  • Avoid using chlorine bleach on white polyester uniforms. Oxygenated bleach has a different chemical makeup, so it won't damage the material like chlorine bleach will.

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  • Photo Credit baseball kids image by Linda Mattson from Fotolia.com
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