How to Remove Stains and Grime From an Outdoor Jacket

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How to Remove Stains and Grime From an Outdoor Jacket
A jacket worn for outdoor work or play picks up dirt and stains. (Jupiterimages/ Images)

A jacket worn in the outdoors is exposed to all kinds of dirt and grime. Spots caused by grease or organic matter can be removed using a combination of home remedies and store-bought products. For the most thorough removal, clean your outdoor jacket regularly before stains have time to set.

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Things you need

  • Table knife
  • Baking soda
  • Bucket
  • Enzyme presoak solution
  • Bowl
  • 1 tsp dish-washing detergent
  • 1 tbsp white vinegar
  • Small scrub brush
  • Heavy-duty washing powder
  • 1 cup white vinegar

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  1. 1

    Lay your outdoor jacket on a flat work surface. Scrape off any stain substance, such as dried mud, using the dull side of a table knife.

    How to Remove Stains and Grime From an Outdoor Jacket
    A table knife removes stain material so you can get to the stain itself. (Table set image by Alistarter from
  2. 2

    Cover grease- or oil-based stains with baking soda. Allow the baking soda to sit on the stains for a few hours to absorb as much grease as possible. Brush the baking soda off and into the garbage to dispose of it.

  3. 3

    Fill a large bucket or wash basin with warm water and the directed amount of enzyme presoak solution. Submerge your outdoor jacket in the presoak solution and leave it there for at least 30 minutes to loosen and remove stains caused by grease, mud, grass and other outdoor stains.

  4. 4

    Remove your outdoor jacket from the presoak solution. Mix 1 tsp dishwashing detergent with 1 tbsp white vinegar in a bowl. Dip a small scrub brush in the vinegar and detergent mixture and scrub it into the remaining stains on the jacket.

    How to Remove Stains and Grime From an Outdoor Jacket
    Use a natural bristle or nylon bristle scrub brush to prevent fabric from tearing. (brush image by AGphotographer from
  5. 5

    Launder a washable outdoor jacket in the washing machine with heavy-duty washing powder. Add 1 cup white vinegar to the wash cycle to remove stains and deodorise the fabric. Spot clean a non-washable jacket by rubbing the stain-removing solution and stain materials out with a damp cloth before hanging the jacket to air-dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Heavy-duty jackets may need to be washed in an extra-large capacity washer such as those found at a laundromat.
  • Treat stains as they occur to minimise the possibility of them becoming set-in.

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