How to Get Grass Stains Out of Football Uniforms

Remove grass stains from football uniforms to keep them in good condition.
Remove grass stains from football uniforms to keep them in good condition. (Image: Football image by Richard McGuirk from

Football uniforms become dirty with many different stains throughout the season. Grass stains can seem like a pain to clean, but you can make sure that they do not become permanent by cleaning the uniforms immediately after a game. Grass stains must be treated with a presoak method to break the stain up before you place it in the washing machine. Since football uniforms are made of polyester instead of cotton, they require a different cleaning method than most clothes.

Things You'll Need

  • Clothesline
  • Garden hose
  • Large bucket
  • Vinegar
  • Liquid laundry detergent

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Remove any pads attached to the uniform immediately after a football game. Rinse the uniform in a sink to remove all the loose dirt and mud. You can also hang the uniform on a clothesline and spray it off with a garden hose.

Soak the uniform in the bucket for one hour or leave it to soak overnight for heavy stains.

Inspect the uniform after it presoaks. If you still notice the grass stains, blot them with one part vinegar and two parts water. You can use full strength vinegar on heavy grass stains. Rub the vinegar into the stain and allow it to set for two to three hours.

Wash the football uniform by itself in the washer. Use cold water and regular laundry detergent. Avoid using hot water because it can fade the letters and numbers on the uniform.

Hang the uniform up to dry. Do not place the uniform in the dryer because it will cause the stains to become permanent if they did not come out and it can cause the uniform to shrink. Hang it up to dry and avoid direct sunlight.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not use chlorine bleach or alkali-based cleaners on football uniforms. Since uniforms are made of a polyester fabric, these cleaners will not remove grass stains and can damage the material.


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