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How to Remove Grass Stains From Your Clothes and Shoes


When warmer weather begins to make its appearance, grass stains on your favorite pieces of clothing and pairs of shoes are not far behind. At Mulberrys, our dry cleaning experts routinely see grass stains as one of the most common stains on items that customers bring in or send in for cleaning with laundry pickup and delivery. While dry cleaning is a great choice to get rid of grass stains, you may want to know the easiest way to remove those pesky green spots from clothing or shoes at home. No matter how hard you try to get them out, there always seems to be a tint of green left on your clothes after you wash them. So, are you ready to learn how to get grass stains out of your clothing?

Our experts share the following tips on how to remove grass stains from clothing and shoes.

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How to Remove Grass Stains From Clothing

Follow these simple steps to remove grass stains from your clothing.

  1. Prior to tossing it in the washing machine, rub laundry detergent into the stains with a small brushing tool or soak the garment in cold water and detergent.
  2. Once the piece of clothing has been treated with laundry detergent, wash it in your washing machine until the stain is removed.
  3. Make sure the grass stain is no longer visible after you’ve washed it. If necessary, repeat the first step and wash again.
  4. If you put your garment in the dryer before the grass stain is removed, the green stain will settle and it will be difficult, or impossible, to remove in the future.
  5. For dry clean only fabrics or clothing, be sure to take it straight to the dry cleaner or call your dry cleaner for pickup and delivery service. Try lightly blotting the grass stain from inside the garment prior to dry cleaning to be sure not to set the stain.  This helps push the stain outward.
Watch this video to hear from our experts and learn more about how to remove grass stains from clothing!

How to Remove Grass Stains From Shoes

Trying to remove grass stains from shoes requires some manual effort in order to effectively eliminate the visible green stain.

  1. Get a toothbrush or other small brush and some vinegar.
  2. Scrub the shoe with a brush and the vinegar to remove as much of the grass stain as possible. Vinegar is a safe and efficient option for most shoes.
  3. You can also replace vinegar with an eco-friendly laundry detergent or water and environmentally friendly dish soap.

How to Remove Grass Stains From Jeans

There is nothing worse than a big grass stain mark on a pair of jeans. Whether you took a tumble on the grass or your child slid on it during a football game, we want to give you an at-home fix for those stubborn spots. Keep in mind, that the fresher the stain, the easier it is to remove. These stains don’t break down and dissolve the same way wine or chocolate stains do. Instead, grass stains need to slide off the fabric to be removed. Learn how to get grass stains out of jeans with our steps below.

  1. Wet a cotton ball or old washcloth with rubbing alcohol and fully soak the grass stain to help remove the leftover pigmentation. Allow the rubbing alcohol to sit on the stain until it is dry to the touch.
  2. Rinse the stained area with cool water. Next, apply a quarter-sized amount of detergent to the stained region and gently scrub it with a soft toothbrush for five to ten minutes.
  3. Put your jeans into a load of wash using cold water and allow the jeans to hang dry in the sun, instead of throwing them in the drying machine. Hanging the jeans to dry will prevent locking in the stain.

Pro Tip: Some grass stains are tougher than others. If the stain is still leaving a green residue, mix a paste of vinegar and baking soda to rub over the spot. Allow it to soak for thirty minutes before being placed in the washing machine. Don’t give up too soon, as the process may take a few tries before your jeans are looking brand new and ready to wear again.

How to Remove Grass Stains that are Set-in

Follow these simple steps to remove set-in grass stains.

  1. Use a mild-like hydrogen peroxide bleach solution.
  2. Apply the solution to the remaining grass stains and scrub it in with a small brushing tool.
  3. Let the garment sit for at least 15 to 30 minutes.  
  4. Wash the garment using a regular cycle with added laundry detergent.
  5. Dry the garment – preferably air dry.

Grass stains are tricky and while all these tips can help lighten the grass stain, but it’s always best to consult an expert. The easiest solution is to bring your clothing to any Mulberrys locations in Minneapolis or San Francisco and one of our stain removal experts will promptly take care of your grass stain for you. We’re up for the challenge and we’ll use eco-friendly solutions to get your clothes fresh and clean. We can help you keep your clothes extra clean this spring!

Grass stains are difficult to remove

Want to learn more about treating the different types of stains?  Watch this short video.