How to Remove Grass Stains From Football Shirts

Updated February 21, 2017

If you have a football player in the family, those green swipes on their shirts are no welcome sign. Unlike dirt stains, grass transfers a green dye to the fabric, leaving a perplexing stain behind. Not only do you need to clean the shirt, you have to find a way to remove the green dye mark from the shirt. Tackling the grass stain may seem like a demanding task, but with the right tools you can rid your football shirts of those lime-coloured markings.

Place the shirt over a sink. Pour a powdered washing powder with enzymes generously over the entire grass stain.

Add two to three drops of water to the detergent. Scrub the stain with an old, but clean toothbrush. Add more water if needed. After scrubbing for one minute, allow the detergent to remain on the stain for 10 minutes.

Spray a stain remover onto the remaining stain. Place the football shirt into the washer. Add another tsp of the powdered washing powder to the washer. Wash on the hottest temperature allowed by the manufacturer.

Add 1/4 cup of chlorine bleach to white shirts or all-fabric bleach to coloured shirts in the rinse cycle.

Inspect the stain after removing from the dryer. If it remains, repeat the entire stain removal process. If the stain has disappeared, dry the shirt normally.

Things You'll Need

  • Powdered washing powder with enzymes
  • Toothbrush
  • Stain remover spray
  • 1/4 cup chlorine or all-fabric bleach
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