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How to remove grass stains from shoes

Updated October 25, 2018

Whether you get them golfing or running through freshly cut grass, grass stains are annoying and can seem like the end of a good pair of shoes. The materials in grass--protein and chlorophyll among others--bind to the fibres in your shoes, making the stains a bit of a challenge to remove. With a little work and a few ingredients from home, you can remove grass stains in no time. Depending on what you have around the house, one of these options should work for you.

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  1. Choose a liquid or powder laundry detergent with enzymes and bleach, which will help remove the stain.

  2. Place a dab of detergent on the stain, and rub it into the shoe. If you use a powder detergent, mix it with a small amount of water, and rub it into the stain.

  3. Set the shoe with the detergent on it aside to dry for 10 to 15 minutes.

  4. Wash the shoe. Proceed to Section 3 for instructions.

  5. Repeat the steps if the stain is still visible.

  6. Mix one-third cup white vinegar and two-thirds cup water. You can use rubbing alcohol instead of white vinegar in this recipe.

  7. Dab the mix onto the grass stain with a soft cloth.

  8. Blot the spot with a new cloth.

  9. Repeat the process until the stain is no longer visible.

  10. Wash the shoe. Proceed to Section 3 for instructions.

  11. Follow the instructions on the shoe for washing. Take the laces out of your shoes and wash the laces with a regular load of laundry. Set the washer for a small load, warm water and put in the appropriate amount of detergent. Put your shoes in by themselves and start the washer. If you cannot put it in the washing machine, complete the following steps.

  12. Mix dishwashing soap and warm water in a bucket, the sink or the tub.

  13. Dip the shoe in the soapy mix, and scrub the shoe.

  14. Run the shoe under warm water to rinse it off.

  15. Set the shoe out to dry.

  16. Warning

    Don't ever put a shoe that still has a grass stain in the dryer. The heat from the dryer will set the stain. Always make sure to read the care labels on shoes before treating.

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Things You'll Need

  • Water
  • Laundry detergent
  • Rubbing alcohol
  • White vinegar
  • Soft cloth

About the Author

Tamara Runzel has been writing parenting, family and relationship articles since 2008. Runzel started in television news, followed by education before deciding to be a stay at home mom. She is now a mom of three and home schools her two oldest children. Runzel holds a Bachelor of Arts in communication from University of the Pacific.

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