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May 02, 2019 2 min read

We’ve all been there.

Your kids get home from their big game, and have brought something “extra” with them.

Grass stains, mud stains, or duh duh duh

Blood stains… 

“Why do they make these uniforms light colors?” you ask yourself.

Stains are frustrating.

Especially with how much uniforms cost nowadays.

If you find yourself struggling to remove those stubborn stains we’ve got some good news.

In this article we’re going to give you 4 great solutions that should remove even the toughest stains!

 

Presoaking

 

A lot of us just simply try to throw the uniform into the washing machine, but a good presoak can do a lot.

Take the clothing and rinse it in a sink.

This removes excess dirt. Next, fill a sink or a container with warm (not hot) water. 

Take about a tablespoon of laundry detergent plus a cup of baking soda and add them to the water.

 Soak the uniform for at least an hour and a half before washing.

This could be all that’s needed!

 

Spot Cleaning with Detergent

 

If you have a really tough stain try putting cold water on it.

(Never use hot water because that will only set the stain deeper.)

Take some detergent in your hand and scrub directly into the stain.

Let it sit for about 30 minutes.

After, you can rinse and see how the stain responded.

If this doesn’t work, try one of the following options.

 

Sugar Scrub

 

Take about 1/4 of a cup sugar, and mix it with water until you’ve created a paste. 

Apply that to the stain.

Use a bristle brush to gently scrub the sugar into the stain.

Once you’ve completed that step, do not rinse off the sugar.

Throw the garment directly into the washer and wash it like you normally would.

Check after to see the results of this really easy solution.

This works exceptionally well on grass stains!

 

Vinegar and Salt

 

Mud stains can often be the most difficult...

If your kid comes home covered in red mud, you want to use a two-step process to try and restore the garment to its former glory. 

First start by lightly scraping off any excess mud that has been caked on.

Next, mix together 1 cup of white vinegar and 3 tablespoons of salt. Apply the solution generously to the stain, and let it soak for around half an hour.

After it's had some time to soak, rinse out the mixture with cold water.

A lot of times this will remove those very persistent stains. If not you can re-apply the solution a second time.

Once you've completed this step, spot apply detergent (as mentioned above) and wash as normal.

  

Conclusion

 

Hopefully these DIY stain removal ideas are able to save you some scrubbing time...or even some money.

Stains are frustrating, and even daunting, but are a normal part of sports.

(Or just playing in general.)

Luckily there’s almost always a way to get out even the most annoying stain.

Try out these different ideas out and see which works best for your family.