Now that spring is well underway and summer is around the corner, our kids are going to be showing up at home with grass stains on their clothes. It’s inevitable.
Grass stains are a mix of protein and other organic matter (like chlorophyll and pigments from xanthophylls and carotenoids). Here’s how you can get them out.
Removing grass stains from clothing:
Like most stains, you want to attack them as soon as you can. The longer a stain sets, the less likely you’ll get it out.
Mix a few tablespoons of Rockin’ Green Active Wear Detergent with water to make a paste. Since grass stains are organic matter, the enzymes in Rockin’ Green will break it down pretty simply. Blot the stain with a towel until you’ve picked up as much as you can.
If some residue remains, let the garment soak in cold water with some Rockin’ Green for a few hours. Once the stain is out, launder like you usually would. Check to make sure the stain is out before drying. Drying sets the stain in if it remains.
Skip the bleach, ammonia, degreasers or alkaline detergents because those are just yucky.
Removing grass stains from furniture or carpeting:
Usually these types of stain aren’t too bad because the grass would have to travel from outside, on to someone, and then on to furniture or carpet. Use some of our detergent and blot from the outside of the stain towards the center with paper towels. Make sure some of the stain is transferring to the towels and keep blotting.
It’s important that you use a detergent like Rockin’ Green for your furniture and carpets because we don’t use optical brighteners. Optical brighteners are used to make your clothes more vibrant and hide stains and dinginess. These can discolor fabrics, which isn’t usually a big deal for our T-shirts, but you could make a bright spot on your sofa or carpet.
Some quick grass stain tips:
- Like I said, attack the stain as a soon as you can.
- Use cold water to prevent the stain from setting quickly. If you avoid heating the stain, you still have opportunities to get it out.
- Always read the “how to wash” label before taking any steps.
- Don’t scrub too roughly. This can abrade the fibers in the fabric and create a faded look.
- Use a white towel when cleaning a stain so you can judge how effective you’re being by watching how much shows up on the towel.
- Any time you use a cleaner on a fabric that you haven’t before, use it on a hidden section (like the inside) to make sure it won’t ruin the fabric.
Written by Kim Webb, CEO and Founder of Rockin’ Green Soap
Finally it’s cool to be GREEN! Rockin’ Green is made for families that care about taking care of themselves and the Earth. As a mom Kim was fed up with the empty promises of “green” cleaning products that were not delivering what they promised… So she invented Rockin’ Green! We can all do our part for the environment while doing something good for ourselves. All of our organic cleaning products are biodegradable, and gluten and vegan friendly. They don’t contain phosphates, SLS, Parabens, or optical brighteners. All of our packaging is made from recycled materials.
Visit www.rockingreensoap.com for more information.