When your child scores a try on the rugby pitch, do you feel like a proud parent or cringe at the thought of having to clean grass stains out of their rugby training gear? If the chore of cleaning your kid's sports kit is bringing you down, use these tips to make the process easier.
1. Act Quickly
Don't give grass stains time to set in. Treat the clothes as soon as your child comes home from training to give yourself the best chance of successfully removing the stains.
2. Pretreat the Stain
Mix equal amounts of white vinegar and warm water to create a natural pre-treatment solution. Dab this cleaning solution onto the grass stain until the fabric is completely saturated and let it sit for five minutes.
3. Use Rubbing Alcohol to Remove the Stain
Rubbing alcohol, also known as isopropyl alcohol, can remove the green pigment that grass leaves in clothing. On white clothing, you can apply pure rubbing alcohol to the stain to dissolve the green pigment. However, this intensive cleaning solution can bleed the colour out of dyed fabrics, so you need to dilute it with water in a 1:1 ratio if you plan to use it on coloured clothing. Let the alcohol air dry from the stain before you launder it, so that it can pull the stain from the clothing as it evaporates.
4. Wash With an Enzyme Detergent
After pre-treating your stain with vinegar or alcohol, wash it in the machine with an enzyme-based detergent. This kind of detergent can remove natural stains by breaking down proteins. Use a cool setting on your washing machine. Hot water can set stains by denaturing the protein and making it harder to remove.
5. Bleach is Sometimes an Option
If your kid's sports kit is white, you may be able to use bleach to remove the stain. Take a look at the clothing label to see whether bleach is suitable for use on this kind of fabric. A black triangle with an X through it means you shouldn't use bleach.
Before treating any clothing with a bleach solution, test it on an inconspicuous spot first, such as the inside of a hem. Check for colour changes or fabric damage. If everything is fine, soak the garment in a dilute solution of chlorine bleach and water. This should help to fade the grass stain and make your kid look smart and clean on the sports pitch.