How to Get Grass Stains Out of Your Kids’ Clothes

How to Get Grass Stains Out of Your Kids’ Clothes

Active kids are happy kids. But they’re also kids who often come home with grass stains on their clothes. There’s a reason these stains are notorious—the chlorophyll that gives grass its green pigment is so powerful that some natural dyes still have a chlorophyll base to dye clothes permanently! Although grass stains can be intimidating, hold off on taking your kid’s clothes straight to the dry cleaner. Grass stain removal may be easier than you think. Whether the stains are on white cloth, jeans, or uniforms, check out our favorite hacks to get rid of grass stains fast.

Catch Stains Early

When it comes to grass stains, act as fast as you can. The longer grass stains are left untreated, the more they set into the fabric, which makes them increasingly difficult to treat. Once you notice grass stains, try to get them into the washer ASAP.

If you act fast and the stains aren’t too severe, all you may need to do is wash the item in cold water using a natural laundry detergent, like Charlie’s Soap Natural Laundry Detergent. We offer a powder and liquid detergent, both of which are gentle enough for use on all types of fabric and kind to the environment, but super tough on stains.

A single wash in Charlie’s Soap may be the only fix you need. Just make sure all traces of the stain are gone before you put the item in the dryer. Heat can set stains permanently, so you may want to air-dry your clothes first to ensure the grass stains have been completely removed. If the item is free of stains, you’re good to go. If not, move on to the next suggestion.


Traditional grass stain DIY hacks range from cleaning products like rubbing alcohol, white vinegar, dish soap, baking soda, and hydrogen peroxide, usually mixed with a couple of hours of good old-fashioned elbow grease. Depending on the intensity of the stain, these treatments can work well, but they can be messy and time-consuming.

But don’t worry—even for stains that need more advanced treatment, Charlie’s Soap can come to the rescue. Charlie’s Laundry Pre-Spray Stain Remover is an effective pretreatment that can break through the toughest stains on your kids’ soccer shorts.

To pretreat stained clothes, start by spritzing Charlie’s Soap Laundry Pre-Spray onto the stained area and rubbing the treatment into the fabric. Avoid scrubbing too aggressively, as that could damage the material, and remember that different fabrics are more delicate than others. As a general rule, for:

  • Jeans, use an old toothbrush to scrub the stain.
  • Sports Uniforms, use a soft-bristled brush to scrub the stain.
  • Cotton Shirts, use your fingers or a sponge to scrub the stain.
  • Khakis, scrub with an old toothbrush. 

After you apply the treatment, wait 15-30 minutes before you throw it in the washing machine. If you see the grass stain spread into the surrounding fabric, the stain remover is working. It’s loosening the stain from the fabric.

If the stain dissolves after 30 minutes, wash as usual. If not, repeat the process, rinsing the clothes with cold water as you scrub to ensure that the stain has completely disappeared. 


If you can’t get the stains out after a few rounds of spritzing and scrubbing, it may be time for a full-garment soak. Fill a bucket with a mixture of water and Charlie’s Soap Laundry Detergent. In a washer, the agitation of the cycle packs the product into the fabric, but when soaking, additional dosage is needed to effectively reach the stain. So, to soak a single garment, you’ll want to mix in several full doses of liquid or powdered laundry detergent. 

For extra tough grass stains, try mixing a few tablespoons of oxygen bleach with water, instead. Unlike regular chlorine bleach, the oxygen bleach from Charlie’s Soap is color-safe, so you can use it for soccer shorts of every shade. Since it’s chlorine free, it’s also gentler on your skin and clothes. With all the stain removing and whitening power of regular bleach, it’s perfect for breaking down grass stains. 

Put the stained garment into the bucket, cover the bucket, and let the item soak overnight or longer. We’ve soaked really tough stains for weeks before they were released. Since Charlie’s Soap only goes after the stain and not the fabric, your clothing will be undamaged.

Once the stain appears dissolved, dump the entire bucket into the washer. Run two wash cycles, without adding any more detergent.

Final Resort

If your first few attempts at removing the grass stain don’t work, we’ll sell you a pair of scissors to cut out the stain. That’s the only way it’ll come out. Other laundry detergents COVER stains, but Charlie’s Soap doesn’t, so if an impossible stain remains, we can’t (and won’t) hide it.

Whether it takes you a single wash, a round or two of scrubbing, or soaking for several days, Charlie’s Soap is primed to get grass stains out. Combining the pre-spray with the laundry detergent gives you the most powerful combination that’s still gentle on your fabrics and the environment. Shop Charlie’s Soap today.

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