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Grass stains are the pinnacle of hard-to-remove stains. The kids go out to play, only to come back a few hours later with a white shirt turned green. Well, maybe we can help with that.

Sometimes we try all we know to get the stain out, just to take it out of the wash to find that the little bugger is still there – bound to the fabric of the shirt more than ever. With that being said, let’s take a step back and give this stain a fight that it can’t win.

How To Remove Grass Stains

You probably wonder why grass stains are so hard to get out. It’s because they contain chlorophyll, which is the green color of the plants juices that absorb sunlight. They consist of other colored chemical compounds as well, such as xanthophylls and carotenoids. These compounds will set into the fibers of the natural fabric because they are naturally occurring compounds, rather than sit on top of them.

So, there is a secret on how to remove grass stains, and it starts with this. The first thing you want to do is treat the stain as soon as possible. The longer you wait the more those compounds settle.

Mix together some dish soap and hydrogen peroxide and soak the clothing in it for 10 minutes. Then use a small scrub brush like a toothbrush and scrub the stain until it is gone. For the most part, it should come out right away, but if not then soak it again and scrub until it’s gone. Afterwards, rinse the piece of clothing in hot water and put it in the washing machine like normal. Make sure the stain is out before putting it in the wash because the heat will set the stain.

A secondary way to remove the stain is to buy some enzyme pills at a health food store. If you mix the powder inside the pills with warm water, it will form a paste that you can rub into the stain. Let it sit for 10-20 minutes, rinse, and wash as usual. The enzymes help break down and lift the stain to the surface, making it easier to get out. As well, you can also purchase a mixture of this for a good price, which can also be helpful with carpet stains. For clothing stains though, the pills are a cheaper alternative.

Hopefully this gave you some insight on how to remove grass stains, and maybe some comfort in knowing you don’t have to worry so much when the kids run out that door with that brand new white shirt on! Enjoy!