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How to Get Grass Stains Out of Shoes, Jeans and White Clothes

Grass stains can be a sign of an epic soccer game or day at the park but can be hard to remove once the fun is over. Learn how to get grass stains out of jeans, shoes and more using Clorox® products.

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By Joanne Howard

So what causes grass stains on clothes anyway? Grass and other plants contain chlorophyll, which gives it that vivid green color but can also leave a stain on your clothes. Be extra careful if playing on a freshly mowed lawn, as cutting the blades releases the chlorophyll. But stains happen, so read on to learn everything about grass stain removal.  

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Steps to remove grass stains from jeans & clothes

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    For heavily stained items, pre-soak for at least 30 minutes in warm water with a powder detergent containing enzymes. 

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  2. 2

    Pre-treat stain

    Before washing, pre-treat with Clorox 2® for Colors 3-in-1. Apply a little product to the stain and gently rub in. Wait 10 minutes before machine washing. 


    Don’t let Clorox 2® dry out on the fabric; use a timer to keep track of the pretreating time.

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  3. 3

    Machine wash

    Read garment care instructions or launder as usual with your favorite detergent on the hottest recommended water setting using detergent and more Clorox 2®. 

  4. 4

    Tumble dry

    Repeat as necessary before machine drying. 

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Frequently asked questions

How can I remove grass stains from surfaces?

For bleach-safe surfaces like stainless steel and plastic, after brushing away any loose grass, wipe them with a solution of ⅓ cup of Clorox® Disinfecting Bleach per gallon of water. Wait 6 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with water and allow to air dry. 

For other surfaces not appropriate for bleach, wipe away grass stains with Clorox® Disinfecting Wipes.