Plant stains are the kind of problem no one avoids forever. A countryside ramble turns out slipperier than you expected, your child performs an (admittedly spectacular) football tackle, and there they are: green, brown, and stubborn-looking. How many times have you wondered how to remove grass stains from a white shirt or a pair of jeans after a picnic, or despaired at the sight of a muddy school uniform?
The good news is that with the right approach, cleaning grass stains, getting mud out of clothes and even removing sticky sap residue from fabrics is easy – here’s how it’s done.
Wait! Before you start the stain removal process…
Always check garment and product labels before you start removing a stain. Test any new stain removal methods on a discreet area of the fabric, and go to a professional if the item is very delicate or ‘Dry Clean Only’.
How to get rid of grass stains
There are a few things you might use to tackle grass stains, all of which you should have lying around the house already. To pick the best option, it’s best to check the labels on your clothing and the products before you start. Then you’ll know how to get grass stains out without causing extra damage.
- Persil bio liquid. Sometimes the simplest methods are the best when it comes to removing grass stains. Flush with cold water (never apply hot water to a grass stain) and then rub a little Persil bio liquid into the stain as a pre-treatment. Then you can wash as usual.
- Alcohol. If you’re wondering how to get rid of grass stains that are particularly stubborn, a solvent might be the answer. Rubbing alcohol, alcohol-based nail varnish removers, and even hairspray can be used – just apply the solvent to a clean sponge and then gently dab at the stain. Then rinse in cold water and pre-treat with Persil liquid as above.
- Bleach. Use this method with caution, but if the stain really isn’t lifting, you could try a bleach-based stain remover or another commercial stain remover that’s designed for grass stains. Follow the directions on the product packaging carefully, and remember to check the garment care label to check whether bleach is a good option.
How to get rid of mud stains
Mud stains can look fearsome, especially on pale fabrics. They’re some of the easiest stains to come by in the great outdoors, too: all it takes is one badly-aimed football or slip on a wet path! The good news is that getting mud out of clothes is quite simple. Simply follow these instructions:
- Brush it out. Most stains are easier to remove if you act fast, but mud is a rare exception to this rule. Leave the stain to dry, and then use a stiff-bristled brush or a spoon to lift as much of the stain away as possible.
You should find that the dried mud flakes away easily from the fabric. In fact, it’s a good idea to perform this step outside or over some newspaper: you don’t want to transfer the dried mud to the carpet!
- Treat the stain. Apply your favourite Persil liquid directly to the stain – Persil bio is a particularly good choice for mud – and use the Stain Eraser ball to rub it in gently.
- Wash as normal. You should find that one 30- or 40-degree wash is all it takes to remove any remaining brown marks from the fabric entirely.
That’s it – getting mud out of clothes really is that easy!
Sap stain removal: getting tree sap out of clothes
These stains require a slightly different approach to grass and mud stains, but don’t worry! We’ve got sap stain removal covered. Just use these handy tips:
- Find your hand sanitiser. Putting sap-stained clothes through the wash isn’t going to cut it, sadly, because tree sap doesn’t interact with water at all. Instead, you’ll need to use a solvent to break the stain down before it goes into the washing machine. A good choice in this instance is alcohol-based hand sanitiser.
Tip: It’s a good idea to pick up clear hand sanitiser, if you can find it – coloured hand sanitiser probably won’t do any harm, but there’s a slight risk that the dye will stain your clothes, and then you’ll have a whole other stain to contend with!
- Rub it in well. Apply a blob of hand sanitiser to the tree sap stain and rub it in using an old toothbrush. You might need to do this a few times, but as you work the solvent into the fabric you should be able to see the sap stain starting to break up.
- Pop it in the wash. Once you can see that the stain is entirely gone, wash the garment as usual with Persil liquid. Line dry, and check the area one more time once the fabric is completely dry – if any marks are still there, repeat steps 1-3.
Tree sap can seem troublesome if you don’t know how to deal with it, but with the right know-how, you’ll find that these stains don’t stick around for long. So don’t worry about sap stain removal – let your little ones explore the trees to their heart’s content.
So, now you’re a plant stain pro! You can enjoy nature walks and watching the kids run around on Sports Day without worrying about the stains you’ll have to contend with when you get home. From muddy jeans to tree sap on t-shirts, Persil has you covered.