How to remove mud stains from white clothes

Updated February 21, 2017

Whether making mud pies or splashing in muddy puddles, it seems to be a common occurrence for children to get mud on their shoes and clothes. If you've ever tried getting mud out of clothing, you know what a daunting and frustrating task it can be without the proper stain removal technique. This is especially true when you're dealing with articles of white clothing. Using the right products and technique can keep your child's white clothing from being permanently stained.

Allow the mud stain to dry completely before trying to remove it. Wiping wet mud will cause it to smear, further staining your white clothing.

Use a vacuum cleaner or butter knife to thoroughly remove all of the dry, loose mud from the clothing.

Place the garment of clothing in the sink and wet the mud stain with hot water.

Pour a capful of chlorine bleach onto the white clothing.

Apply a small amount of liquid laundry detergent onto the white clothing.

Use your finger or an old toothbrush to work the bleach and detergent into the white garment. Allow the bleach and detergent to soak into the mud stain for about 5 to 20 minutes.

Wet the white garment with hot water. Apply another capful of chlorine bleach and a small amount of liquid laundry detergent onto the mud stain.

Scrub the mud stain thoroughly with the toothbrush until the stain fades.

Wash and dry the white clothing as your normally would. Be sure to use a 1/2 cup of the chlorine bleach in the machine as well. Add 1/2 cup of baking soda to the wash to get your whites whiter and keep your clothes from having a heavy bleach smell.


The longer the garment soaks in the bleach/detergent mixture, the easier the stain is to remove. Do not leave the garment in longer than 30 minutes. If you would rather not use bleach, use vinegar instead. This technique can also be used on colour clothes. Just use non-chlorine colour safe bleach instead of chlorine bleach.

Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum cleaner or butter knife
  • Chlorine bleach
  • Old toothbrush
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Baking soda
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About the Author

Sarai Jeremiah is a freelance writer and graphic designer living on the East Coast, where she is currently pursuing an education in both fields. She has been writing articles and content on a variety of topics since 2006 and has contributed articles to Web sites such as Spark People.