How to Remove Old Dirt Stains From Clothes

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How to Remove Old Dirt Stains From Clothes
Remove dirt stains from clothing with certain materials. (dirt image by tomcat2170 from

Clothes can quickly become soiled with dirt, leading to unsightly stains. Children playing outdoors often acquire dirt stains on their clothing, so learning how to remove these stains is essential. Remove the dirt stains as quickly as possible to prevent the dirt from setting into the fabric. The older the dirt stain is, the more difficult it will be to remove. Fortunately, you can remove old dirt stains from fabric with certain materials and restore the garment back to its original condition.

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Things you need

  • Spoon
  • Small brush
  • Thick-pasted, clear hand cleaner
  • Washing machine
  • Washing powder

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  1. 1

    Scrape gently any dried dirt or residue off the garment with a spoon. Brush off any dirt with a small brush.

  2. 2

    Spread a layer of thick-pasted, clear hand cleaner onto the dirt stain. Continue to spread the hand cleaner underneath the stain on the other side of the fabric.

  3. 3

    Scrub the dirt stain with the small brush to work the hand cleaner into the fabric. Use the brush to scrub both sides of the fabric.

  4. 4

    Allow the hand cleaner to set on the stain for one hour. Wash the garment in a washing machine with washing powder on the warm water setting. Dry the garment once the stain is completely gone.

Tips and warnings

  • Rub some liquid dish soap into the stain to help the dirt to come out.

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