Tackle Kids' Sports Stains

 

Got Mud?

 

On rainy days, get ready for dirt on top of dirt! To get it out: Brush excess mud off fabric and rinse in cold water. In a plastic bucket, create a soak solution using about 2 tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent per gallon of cold water. Allow the garment to soak for up to 30 minutes, then wash in warm water. If stain remains, repeat steps before drying.

 

 

Hey Grassy Pants!

 

Nothing says spring sports like green knees and butts. To get grass stains out: Brush any excess grass off the fabric. Pour liquid laundry detergent on the stain and let it sit for 20 minutes, then wash in warm water. If stain remains, repeat steps before drying.

 

 

 

Sideline Sweat and Dirt

 

Want bright uniforms like these? To get sweat and dirt out: 1. Using a plastic bucket, create a soak solution with approximately 2 tablespoons of  liquid laundry detergent per gallon of warm water. Soak garment for up to 30 minutes, then wash on warm with a bleach alternative. If stain remains, pour liquid laundry detergent directly on the stain and let sit for 20 minutes, then rewash.

 

 

Blood Marks the Spot!

 

Scrapes happen, and whether they’re from turf burn or sliding into home plate, these messy badges of honor make for some really tough stains. To get 'em out: Wet a cloth with cold water and blot the mark, then rinse in cold water to dilute the stain. Create a soak solution in a plastic bucket with about 2 tablespoons of liquid laundry detergent per gallon of cold water and submerge the garment for about 30 minutes. Wash with a detergent designed for cold water. If stain remains, repeat steps before drying.

 

 

Sports Drink Cleanup

 

Kids + fast hydration breaks = major splashes and spills. To get it out: Blot any excess stain off the surface of the fabric, then rinse in water to dilute the stain. Pour liquid laundry detergent directly on the stain and let sit for 20 minutes. Wash on warm water. If stain remains, repeat steps before drying.

 

 

Before You Start

 

Always refer to the instructions on the garment’s care label. And test the solution on a hidden area first. If treating washable silk or wool, follow basic instructions, but hand wash whenever you aren't sure.