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How to Get Mud Stains Out of Clothes: A Guide


We’ve all been there – you’re wearing your favorite item of clothing on a nice day and then, all of a sudden, you get an unsightly dirt stain on it. If you don’t act quickly, dirt and mud stains can set into clothing and be difficult to get rid of, effectively ruining that item. We never want that to happen to you, so we wanted to give you some of our favorite tips on how to remove mud stains from your clothes quickly and easily. Keep reading to learn more!

Watch this video and learn how to remove mud and dirt stains from our experts!

Supplies you’ll need to remove dirt or mud stains:

  • Scraping tools, like a butter knife or spoon
  • Vacuum (small hand vacuum)
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Stain remover (such as a stain removal pen or gel product)
  • Washer and Dryer, if applicable

Steps On How to Get Mud Stains Out of Clothes:

  1. Wait for the dirt or mud stain to dry completely. We know it can be tempting to wipe the dirt stain as soon as it happens, but resist that urge! If you try to remove the stain when it’s still wet, you will actually work it deeper into the fabric, making it harder to get out.
  2. Scrape off the excess dirt or mud. Once the stain is completely dry, gently scrape off the clumps of dirt that are on the surface of your clothing item.
  3. Soak the stain in detergent and leave for 15 minutes. Rub liquid laundry detergent over the stain and let it rest for at least 15 minutes. Every 3-5 minutes, rub the stain to help the detergent loosen the remaining debris.
  4. Apply stain remover and let it sit for 3-5 minutes. Before you put your clothing item in the wash, we recommend applying a stain remover to the area and rubbing it in for additional removal power.
  5. Wash and dry your clothing item. It’s finally time to wash your clothing item! Wash and dry as directed and see your handy work.

Note – you may need to repeat the steps three, four, and five if the mud stain is still there after your clothing item dries.

Always Remember to Read the Tag!

When getting out a dirt stain, you should always read the laundering tag that can be found on the inside of your clothing item. That tag is there to shed light on what you can and cannot do to that particular piece in order to clean it in the best way possible. For instance, before using chlorine bleach on a white clothing item, check the tag to make sure it won’t damage the fabric.

Getting dirt stains on your clothes is never fun, but you can quickly and easily remove them if you follow our helpful tips above.

Pro Tip

Use this tip and learn how to get mud out of white clothes!

  • Bleach is the solution! But first, read the tag on your garment to ensure it’s okay to use.
  • Follow steps 1 & 2 listed above, then fill a basin with warm water, add dish soap, and about 60ml of chlorine bleach.
  • While muddy clothes are in the basin, use your hands or tools to move the garments around in order to loosen the fibers and break down stains.
  • Soak the items overnight.
  • Lastly, wash a load consisting of white clothing only, and dry them. If possible, air dry them in a sunny area because UV rays have been proven to naturally help whiten clothes.

For cases of severe dirt or mud stains, Mulberrys offers professional dry cleaning with a 100% satisfaction guarantee in Minneapolis and San Francisco!