It seems to never fail.  I buy new clothes for my boys and they come home from school with grass or dirt stains.  The term “boys will be boys” definitely applies to how my boys treat their clothes.  Here are some great tips on how to get stains out of children’s clothes (or any clothes for that matter.)

How to get stains out of clothes

How to Get Stains Out of Clothes

I do a lot of laundry at my house.  A LOT!  In fact, I don’t think I ever finish doing laundry because when I get to the bottom of the baskets, there are already clothes starting to pile up that need to be washed.  My boys are very involved in sports so they change a couple of times a day. And even when they aren’t playing sports, they are being boys outside in the dirt. (We have a lot of dirt here in the desert!)

With boys and laundry,  comes tough stains.  I asked my Moms of Boys Community how they get tough stains out of their boys’ clothes and here are some of the tips they gave.

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How to Get Dirt and Grass Stains Out of Clothes

1. Fels-Naptha

I’ll admit, I had never heard of Fels-Naptha before.  Fels-Naptha is a heavy duty laundry bar soap that is great for getting dirt and clay out of clothes, especially light colored baseball pants.  (Why oh, why do they make them white so light?)   You can purchase a bar at pretty much any grocery store, Walmart or Amazon.    To use, put 1/2 bar of Fels-Naptha in a sink filled with warm/hot water.  Soak the clothes for at least 30 minutes and then take the soap and rub it over the stained area.  Rub the fabric together over the stain and then wash as you normally would.  (Don’t rinse before washing!)  Clothes come out nice and clean.

2. Baking Soda and Lemon Juice or Vinegar

Another great way to get rid of stains is with baking soda and either lemon juice or vinegar.  Put about a tablespoon of baking soda over the stain and pour a teaspoon of lemon juice or vinegar over the baking soda.  Let it fizzle and when it stops, rub the fabric together so stain is completely covered.  Let it sit for 10 minutes and then launder as normal.

3. Toothpaste

I would have never thought to use toothpaste on a stain.  Use a plain white toothpaste like Colgate Regular Flavor to get grass stains out.  Place toothpaste on a sponge or old toothbrush and rub it into the stain.  Rinse and launder.

4. Baking Soda and Liquid Dish Soap

This is great for even set-in stains.  Fill a bucket or sink with cool water and add 1/4 cup of baking soda.  Add clothes and then use a brush to lightly scrub the stain with liquid dish soap.  Let clothes soak overnight.  If you have really stubborn stains, you many have to repeat the process until the stain is out.  Wring out the clothes and throw them in the washer.  Before drying, check to see if th stain is still there.  If it is, repeat the process.

How do you get stains out of clothes?  Share your best tip in the comments. 

This post is a part of our series 31 Days of Tips for Raising Boys. Each day throughout the series we are discussing a different topic regarding raising boys.  I’d love for you to follow along and share this series with other parents of boys who may need some support or just to hear that they aren’t alone in their journey of raising boys.

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