You have a green thumb and love to be out in your garden tending to it. Along, with its therapeutic benefits, there are some tell tale signs on your clothes that speak of your endeavour to make your grass look greener.
Grass stains can be stubborn and leave you with a frown throughout the day. Especially on kids’ clothes, who may make the most of the summer by rolling on the tempting green carpet. So, instead of pushing these problems under the carpet, let us look at strategies that work to completely remove grass stains from fabric.
First, you must know that grass stains are stubborn. Why are they so? Grass stains are actually dye stains and that’s why they pose such a problem.
Analysis of grass stains has revealed that they are a combination of organic matter, protein and chlorophyll and many pigmented compounds such as carotenoids and xanthophylls. The stains from grass become stubborn as it penetrates deep into the fabric fibres. These stains when they get embedded become extremely difficult to remove. These contribute to making it a really tough stain to wipe out.
Tips To Remove Grass Stains Effectively And Completely
Let’s start on a positive note. Even though grass stains are tough to remove, it can be completely removed with the following tips.
There are a few methods and one may be more effective than the other. It is good to try one after the other till you obtain good results and remove the stains completely.
- Hydrogen Peroxide With Bleach
The combination of bleach with hydrogen peroxide makes for a great grass stain remover. It is important to use bleach on light clothing as the bleach may end up removing fabric color too. A combination of ¼ cup peroxide mixed in ¼ cup bleach, combined with ¾ cup cold water should be placed directly on the stained area. This should be massaged on the stained area and allowed to sit for 30-60 minutes. The cloth should be rinsed very well
- Try Alcohol
Alcohol also works well to remove grass stains. Use a sponge and dip into rubbing alcohol. Dab on the stain. Allow it to dry and rinse with cold water. It does work well to remove the grass stain.
- Plain White Vinegar
Initially treat the grass stain with warm water and plain white vinegar. You can also use a combination of water and rubbing alcohol. Rub the mixture onto the stain and ensure it is thoroughly washed in water. The stain almost completely vanishes with this mixture.
- Detergent Powder or Tide Liquid
Go through the label of the product. It’s effective only if it contains bleach and enzymes. A highly recommended product is Tide Powder with bleach. Tide is effective because it contains special enzymes, bleach and cleaning solvents which can fight grass stains.
Al you need to do is use the detergent directly on the stain and massage this in, leave it for about 15 minutes and thoroughly wash the fabric. Check if the stain has disappeared, if not repeat the whole process again.
- Molasses or Karo Syrup
Mix a few drops of Molasses or Karo syrup and put it on the location of the grass stain. Now, rub it inside the fabric and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Wash the cloth and rinse thoroughly.
- Banana Oil
To remove grass stains, another proven technique involves the use of Amyl acetate or banana oil which most drug stores will stock. All you need to do is to apply it directly on the grass stain. Rub it gently and rinse the cloth with hot water.
Finally, you must know that grass stain however difficult to remove can be successfully done with the tips suggested. Care must be taken to never use ammonia and alkaline detergents to remove grass stains as they can permanently set the stain in the fabric.