Spring and summer are great. The warmer days bring people outdoors to work in the garden, mow the lawn, or partake in other outdoor fun. You will find your kids playing football, tag, or just hunting for bugs on the ground. With all of this outdoor activity, one thing is inevitable though. Grass Stains. Whether it is on your shoes from walking behind the lawn mower, or on your children’s pants from scuffing their knees, grass stains are just another part of this time of year.
We have all had white sneakers turn green, or our favorite jeans seemingly ruined by the bright green color of freshly cut grass, and it seems like even the best detergents and soaps can’t get it out completely. If you have children, you know that they can get a stain on just about any piece of clothing, and on any part of their body. This green streak looks awful unless it is removed, but like any stain, there is a right and a wrong way to do it. If you use the wrong technique you may make the stain worse or inadvertently prevent it from ever being removed. Instead of spreading it around, locking it in, or tossing the newly green item, continue reading for a fast and effective method to make it look like the damage never happened.
What is a grass stain?
Duh. Pretty self explanatory right? It certainly is, but the exact organic make-up of this particular mess is what makes it so vivid and stubborn come laundry time. The lovely green color of a grass stain is caused by all of the chlorophyll in the plant. There are also proteins and other organic matter that combine to create what is considered to be a pretty tough stain to remove. This is due to the strong bond between the plant material and the fabric of your clothing, or sole of your shoe. Once it gets smeared on there, it holds on tight to create a bright spot or streak that it difficult to remove. If you are lucky, there will even be some brown dirt, worm guts or other fun stuff mixed in there too. Technically this is referred to as a dye stain because it almost becomes one with the affected material in order to change it to a new color. This means that using the wrong tool or technique for removal will only cause it to fade, and could actually result in the spot becoming permanent.
Common Recommendations For Cleaning Grass Stains
This is one of those messes that comes up all the time. Every household with children will encounter it eventually, so there are many suggestions floating around This is due to the number of people trying to clean them, but also due to the difficulty and effort involved, combined with the end result which often just fades the green color. We will list the traditional techniques for cleaning this stain along with any drawbacks that might be involved. Continue reading after the regular options to discover a faster, cheaper, safer and more effective way to completely eliminate this menace.
Cleaning with vinegar is preferred by many, at it is actually effective in certain situations. People love it because of how safe and versatile it is, and most folks have some on hand, so it is a good thing to try, if everything else has failed. You never want to use the apple cider variety, but regular white distilled vinegar can be a powerful cleaner. For this job, it will be best as a stain pre-treater, and will only really be effective for smaller., less noticeable stains. When applied, it should loosen the green stain, and allow it to wash free during the cleaning cycle. This would not be good for footwear, but any dirty garment could be helped by using the technique below.
- You can use it straight, or combine with warm or hot water.
- Spray or pour on, and then rub into the grass stain.
- Make sure to thoroughly saturate, and for best results apply several layers over a period of time.
- Place in wash and launder like normal.
- If stain remains and does not fade, move on to another method. If it fades, but is not gone, try another application for complete elimination.
This method seems to be a bit more effective than vinegar, although it is not quite as safe or un-harmful. In certain situations it may not be something you want to use on your clothing, but for grass stained knees on children’s jeans, it can be pretty effective. Once again, this is not going to work that well on a pair of shoes, but when applied properly to a newly green piece of clothing, it can get the stain out. It will sort of ware down and break apart the pigment to make it wash out when laundered. This technique will take a little bit of effort, and it will not work in all cases, but most of us have some on hand, so it can be a great home remedy in a pinch.
- Use a sponge or cotton ball to apply the alcohol to the stain. You can also mix into a spray bottle for easier application.
- Fully saturate the area and then let dry.
- Place in laundry for washing, or for best results continue below.
- Rinse the area clean to flush out any loose dirt, and the rubbing alcohol you applied.
- Take some dish soap or laundry detergent and work inot the same area
- Rinse again. This should cause more green to wash out, and very little should be left.
- Allow to dry and then wash like normal in your washing machine.
- If stain remains, repeating steps could provide complete removal. If this does not work, continue to another method below.
Bleach And Peroxide Solution
This powerful concoction can only be used on light colored clothing because it will ruin other stuff, and it should be used sparingly no matter what you put it on. Not only will it remove color, it also deteriorates the fibers over time which will increase aging of your garment. Also the substance you mix together will not be ideal for skin contact, and could ruin other surfaces it comes in contact with. This one is obviously toxic in nature, so some care should be used when working with it. You will basically only want to use it on white clothing, so stained jeans and t-shirts will not apply in most cases, and even though many are white, you would not want to use it on most sneakers either. For touch grass stains on a white dress, this can be something that works, and most folks will already have both ingredients at home.
- To mix your cleaning solution, take 1/4 cup bleach and 1/4 cup of peroxide and mix into about 3/4-1 cup of water. Mix thoroughly.
- Add to spray bottle and squirt on, or use a cloth or sponge to apply it. Saturate the entire stain and work in.
- Let sit for at least 30 minutes, or even overnight.
- Rinse out and then wash like normal.
- Some modification to the formula may be beneficial for certain applications, and repeat usage may be required for complete removal.
Your regular laundry detergent will not get these stains out during the regular load, but if used in a concentrated manner, they may do the trick. This is a pretty expensive way to go due to the high cost and amount used, but it may be an effective choice if you have nothing else on hand. Using ones that have ammonia or de-greasing agents may not be effective, and alkaline detergents will often make the green color permanent. If you are not sure what yours is made of, you may want to skip this option, but many regular style laundry soaps would be just fine. Usually it is the ones with a color safe bleach or regular bleach that prove to be most effective with stains caused by grass and other plants. You may be able to use this method on footwear as well, but always be careful when applying these products to surfaces that might get ruined. In many cases this will only fade the stain, even after repeat applications, but it will work better than just tossing it in the wash with a regular cycle.
- Pour a liberal amount of detergent directly on the stain.
- Work it in with a brush or something similar to help loosen the dirt.
- Let sit for 15-20 minutes prior to laundering.
- Place in wash and clean with a normal load.
- If stain does not lift at all, try another method, or different detergent. If it fades, try another application for complete removal.
Stain Remover Products
There are all sorts of sticks, sprays and gels that claim to remove any stain possible on clothing. A new one seems to come out every month, and that may be because none of them actually work on everything. These products are often dangerous for anything but white clothing, and many have proven to be ineffective for this job. One thing that is guaranteed for these types of products is the high price. They will in no way guarantee results, but you are guaranteed to pay a large sum to give them a try. Most contain harsh chemicals and few would be good for stains on shoes because they are specifically designed for fabrics. You may end up getting the results you want with one of the super stain fighters, but you may just get a faded stain, or an area of clothing that used to be green and is now a lovely shade of white due to bleaching. The good part about these products is how easy they are to use. Most are as easy as apply and then toss in the wash.
- Refer to exact directions on the product being used as some variation will occur.
- Apply cleaner directly to the stain.
- Wait for recommended amount of time.
- Wash with warm or hot water as recommended on label.
- If dirt is still there after washing, repeat to get it out all the way.
Simply Good Method
You could mess around with all of the suggestions floating around out there, or you could just go for one that is proven to work on any grass stain, and on any type of surface. It will work just as well on clothes and shoes, and it does not matter what is mixed in with the grass come cleaning time. You will not have to worry about ruining the material, changing the color, wearing gloves to apply it, or spending hours with re-application just to get good results. The steps for using it are quick and simple, the cost is super low, and there are absolutely no harsh chemicals to worry about either. Instead of dropping five dollars on a stain stick that may not even work, use Quick N Brite and spend pennies to guarantee your results. It will not require effort on your part, and you will be able to eliminate all signs of green on your pants. A single container will pay for itself after the first stain disappears, but keep it around as a valuable stain fighter for other dirt too.
You may not be able to stop grass stains from showing up, but you can effectively remove them once they arrive. You don’t have to use anything crazy either, or go through any difficult steps to do it. This is one of the jobs that Quick ‘n Brite is really good at. It doesn’t matter if the stain is on your shoes or your clothes. It can be vinyl, leather, cotton, jeans, a t-shirt or virtually any other material. Quick’n Brite will easily remove this type of staining in just minutes. It literally took less than 60 seconds to achieve the results in the picture above because once the cleaner is applied, it goes to work quickly to break apart this type of organic staining so that it is easily removed. In order to clean the shoe in the picture(which was professionally dirtied by a two-year-old) we took a small amount of the concentrated paste, rubbed it on there, and then wiped the stain away. Just one application achieved the results pictured.
How To Remove Grass Stains From Shoes
Walking through the lawn while mowing, or directly after will often result in green soles, or completely green shoes. When children play sports, or run around, this only makes things worse. Many of us think that when leather or vinyl gets stained, it has to stay that way, but this is only because may traditional products do not work on these materials, or include ingredients that will ruin them. Quick n Brite is safe to use on canvas, leather, pleather, plastic or any other material, and it will work on all surfaces, even the laces. It will be safe on the material, and will never bleach or ruin it in any way. It safely breaks down the stain, lifts it off the surface, and makes it slippery so that you can wipe it away completely. To clean grass stains from any shoe or boot, follow these easy steps.
- Take some full strength paste. A heavy solution in a spray bottle can work for lighter staining, but full strength will work every time.
- Apply with a damp scrub sponge, brush or rag. Exact tool will vary depending upon shoe type, so use something that is safe, but also something that will allow you to work the cleaner in as you apply it. When getting your tool wet, warm or hot water will produce best results. If cleaning leather that you do not want wet, use a barely damp tool, or skip the water and apply the cleaner all by itself.
- Use a circular motion, and apply a good layer all over. It is safe and effective on all parts of your shoe, so use anywhere.
- Let sit for 10-20 minutes. Instead of scrubbing, you let this cleaner sit to give it time to work. This is the most important step. You will see the pigment lifting and mixing in with the cleaner immediately, but if you allow it time to sit, the results will be better, and it will require less work to get them.
- Once it sits, take a dry terry cloth towel that is clean, and wipe the entire shoe. The stain and any other dirt will wipe right off and transfer to the towel to leave your shoe completely clean. For some shoe types, getting the towel damp may make things easier, and for tough stains, using a damp sponge with a small amount of cleaner may improve results.
- On leather, it will clean and condition at the same time.
- In nearly every case, all staining should wipe free with a single application. The shoe in the picture underwent a single application. For a spotless shoe that looks like new, we could have gone over it one more time because there were a couple spots remaining. In this case, it was mostly due to the texture and tool used because everything left was deep in the cracks.
How To Remove Grass Stains From Clothes
What if it was on my clothes? Good question. Most people encounter this type of stain on clothing, and Quick N Brite is amazing at getting it out. It does not matter if it is pants or a shirt, and it does not matter if it is red, blue or white. This stuff will work on any fabric without harming it, and it will be incredibly effective for this type of mess. It doesn’t matter how big it is, how dark it is, or even if you have tried several cleaners on it in the past. Even washed in or set in stains can be removed with this powerful natural alternative. It will break down the organic material that bonds the color with the material and it will lift it up off the surface so it can be easily rinsed of washed away. Unlike other methods that seem to just fade layer after layer until you give up, this one will completely lift and remove the green color with a single application You can use it to quickly rub away a spot while still wearing the clothes, or you can use it as a pre-treater to cover a larger area and then wash it out during the next load of laundry.
As a pre-treater Quick n Brite works great. This is the easiest way to use it for this job, but it will require you to remove the garment, and wear it again after washing. This method takes longer, but requires almost no effort.
- Take full strength past or liquid and apply to the stain. For small spots or light staining, 3 Tbs into a quart of water should give you a powerful enough solution. To apply liquid, pour on, and to apply paste, use your hands, or a brush to pick some up and work it in.
- After it is on there, quickly work it in a bit to help it work. You can either scratch it in using your fingernail, or with a brush or sponge. Although you will see the stain lifting immediately, you are not trying to scrub it free, or wipe it all off at this stage. You want to make sure the cleaner covers everything, and gets down into the fabric all the way.
- For larger areas, you could add the cleaner to a bucket of hot water, and let the clothing soak in it overnight.
- After applied and worked in, or after you r garment is soaking, simply let it sit overnight, or for at least and hour. While the Quick’n Brite is on the stain it is working. It will cause the stain to loosen and lift off the surface. Once you put it in the wash, the grass stain or other build-up will wash out nicely.
- After soaking, place in wash and wash with regular cycle. You do not need to rinse prior to washing, or worry about what color or type of fabric is being washed with it. Hot or warm water will generally improve results for tough jobs.
If you just want to clean the stain right away use a method similar to the one we used on the shoes. This method is more thorough, and can be more effective on tougher stains, plus you can keep wearing the clothes, so when a child trips on the way to the car, the whole outing does not have to be ruined or postponed. For extreme stains you might want to try a combination of both methods, but in most cases this would be completely unnecessary.
- To clean your grass stain off your jeans without putting them in the washing machine, dampen the area with water, or by spraying a light solution of Quick’n Brite mixed with water.
- Once damp, apply the paste full strength to the effected areas.
- Work the cleaner into the stain using a brush or your fingernail, and then let sit for ten minutes or more. For a light stain, you could wipe right off, but for anything serious you will want to give it a little time to work.
- Wipe the area clean using a dry terry cloth towel. You will notice that the stain will transfer from your pants to the towel and turn it nice and green.
- Depending upon severity of your stain, you may need to reapply the cleaner or place it in the wash, but using this technique, one can easily remove any type of grass stain in minutes. The process is quick and easy.
Quick’n Brite is an all natural cleaner that is 100% biodegradable. It is totally safe for use around children and pets, and can be used for hundreds of jobs all over your home, office or vehicle. Despite it being ridiculously safe and natural, Quick’n Brite is one of the toughest cleaners you will ever use, and most people find that it outperforms what they are currently annoyed by. Try this cleaner to remove a grass stain, then use it to clean everything else too. You actually end up saving money when you switch to Quick’n Brite because it is a concentrated cleaner, and it can be diluted down for many common jobs. It works great on tub and tile, laundry stains, carpet shampooing, oil stains, grease stains, kitchen cabinets and so much more. Almost any surface, stain or mess is safe to use this cleaner on, and the results are extraordinary. Because it comes with a money back guarantee, you can get it as a fool-proof way to clean any grass stain, but then keep it around so it can miraculously clean other spots too.
- What is a grass stain?
- Using Vinegar
- Using Alcohol
- Bleach And Peroxide
- Cleaning With Detergents
- Stain Fighters
- The Simply Good Way
- Remove stains from shoes
- Remove stains from clothes
- Spot Cleaning