How to Remove Grass Stains: 4 Natural Remedies

Photo: © Karen Stankiewicz

Aggressive stain removers are one way to remove grass stains on clothes. But how about trying some tried and tested household remedies first? Those are just as effective, and more environmentally and wallet-friendly.

A day in the great outdoors can leave its mark — specifically green marks. No need to get discouraged, or throw out your clothes. We’ll show you how to remove grass stains — without the use of chemicals!

Treat Stains With Toothpaste, Gall Soap & Other Remedies

The sooner you try to remove the grass stain, the more successful you will be. Just put clothes with fresh stains in your laundry machine and set it to a high temperature – that should be enough. Make sure to read and follow the washing instructions on the clothing.

If you did not notice the grass stain straight away, it may be a little more difficult to remove. Here’s how to remove these grass stains with the help of effective household remedies:

  • Gall Soap: Gall soap is made from ox gall and removes almost every stain. Gall acid is particularly effective against grease stains and colored dirt. For a vegan option, try the Spotless Stain Remover by Rocky Mountain Soap Co (or check Amazon**: Ethique Flash Laundry BarAleva Naturals Stain & Laundry Bar).
    Application: Wet the gall soap and rub it on the grass-stained area — you may want to use a nail brush on some of the sturdier fabrics (like denim) to really get the soap in there. Leave it on for 15 minutes, rinse with lukewarm tap water and then throw it directly into the laundry machine. Repeat this process as necessary, as grass stains can be stubborn at times. 
  • Toothpaste: Look for toothpaste with menthol or whiteners. The same ingredients that make teeth white again are the ones that can make grass stains disappear. Careful: be sure to only use this method on white materials! 
    Application: Rub the toothpaste thoroughly into the stained fabric and leave it to rest for 10-15 minutes. Rinse thoroughly with lukewarm water and wash it as hot as possible — keeping in mind the washing instructions for that article of clothing. 
When life gives you lemons…remove grass stains with them! We’ll show you how. (Photo: Utopia/ Karen Stankiewicz)
  • Lemon Juice: Lemons have a slight bleaching effect which helps to remove stains from fabrics. 
    Application: Spread the juice of a fresh lemon on the grass stain and leave to work for about half an hour. Put it directly into the laundry machine and wash it on the highest temperature setting (depending on the article of clothing).
  • Vinegar: Along with citric acid, washing soda, baking soda, and curd soap, vinegar is one of the five household remedies that can replace almost all chemical cleaners. However, to avoid damaging the fabric or color, you should only use vinegar on light and sturdy fabrics, like denim. 
    Application: Pour some vinegar directly onto the grass stain and massage it in gently. Allow 15 minutes for the vinegar to soak in and then wash in the laundry machine. Repeat if necessary. (Read on: Washing Clothes with Vinegar: Benefits of Adding Vinegar to Laundry)

One more tip:  Avoid using acidic household remedies on sensitive fabrics. Durable fabrics like denim are much more resilient.

How to Remove Stubborn Stains: Sunlight May Help

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Sunlight can bleach clothing and remove stubborn stains. (Photo: CC0 Public Domain / Pixabay - Willi Heidelbach )

If the stains are still visible, there is one more remedy you can try. Hang your clothes out in the sun for a while. UV light has a bleaching effect and should remove the grass stains..

You are not fully sold on these household remedies and would rather use stain removers to remove grass stains? Then how about choosing environmentally friendly products? In order to spot those, you will need to have a closer look at the ingredients of your stain remover. Avoid products containing microplastics as well as well as ingredients based on mineral oils.

This article was translated from German to English by Karen Stankiewicz. You can read the original here: Grasflecken entfernen: die besten Tipps

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