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Video:How to Remove Grass Stains

with Jonathon Stewart

Trying to remove a grass stain? These complex stains can be a pain to kick, but this surefire cleaning method will have your clothes looking good in no time.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Remove Grass Stains

Hi, I'm Jonathon Stewart for About.com Home and Garden with today's 90-second quick tip.

If you're lucky enough to have a yard, and you're lucky enough to have kids, then you're probably lucky enough to have to deal with grass stains, too.

But don't let these notorious greenies keep your kids or you from the great outdoors. Try these simple laundry tips, and you won't be sweating grass stains ever again. Check it out.

Brush Off Dirt or Grass

Start by lightly brushing off any dirt or actual grass fibers that may still be attached to the fabric you're trying to clean. And whatever you do, do not try using ammonia or alkaline detergents, which can set grass stains permanently.

Why Grass Stains are Tough

One reason grass stains are so tough is because they're not really just one kind of stain. Along with the green-tinted, dye-like chlorophyll of the grass itself, your stain is also likely to contain proteins and other organic elements - like, dirt.

Make the Stain-Removal Paste

To combat this complex array of stain makers, grab a bottle of digestive enzymes from an organic or health food store, which normally come in capsules.

Carefully break open a capsule and empty it into a teaspoon. Repeat with a second capsule and continue with as many as you need to fill the spoon.

In a bowl, add a small amount of water, about a tablespoon, and mix together with the enzymes until it has a paste-like consistency, adding more water whenever necessary.

Treat Grass Stain With the Paste

Next, spread the paste on your stain, being sure to cover it entirely, and let it sit for about an hour. Finally, without rinsing first, wash your garment as you normally would.

This is a huge point with all stains, but definitely, definitely make sure to check on your stain after it comes out of the wash before you put it in the dryer. Once you put most stained fabrics into the dryer, there's no turning back.

Reapply Paste if Needed

If the stain is gone, pat yourself on the back for a stain-removing job well done, and dry your garment as usual.

If it's still there, apply another coat of your enzyme paste, and work it into the fabric with a toothbrush or cloth.

Wash Stained Clothes

Let it sit for another hour, toss it in the wash, and pat yourself on the back anyway. The second time around should ace the stain for good, or at least reduce it to the point of being un-noticeable to others.

And you know, if someone does notice, that's okay, too. It says, "Hey, I'm outdoorsy. I dig Earth. Me and grass are like this."

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