Spring Sports Stains

This article is about how to remove, treat and prevent sports stains for the upcoming spring sports.
- , April 22nd, 2013

Published April 22nd, 2013

Spring Sports Stains

Outdoor sports will be in full swing for children and adults. Along with all of the fun of playing outdoor sports, come the issues of stains.

You are going to be sure to encounter uniform stains such as dirt and grass, and dirty, smelly shoes. What is the best way to get those clothes and shoes as clean as possible?

Dirt and Mud In dealing with mud, you must first get the mud to dry. You can hang the article of clothing up on a hanger and then proceed to dry the mud with a hairdryer. After the mud is dried, shake the piece of clothing to remove the dried mud and if it doesn’t all come off, you may vacuum up the rest.

Next, fill a sink with water and put stain remover or laundry detergent on the stain. Let this soak for about 15 minutes. Scrub the stain with a brush or your fingers to help loosen the stain from the fabric.

Soak the garment for 15 minutes, scrubbing the stain every five minutes. If the stain is still there, repeat this until there is no more improvement in the lessening of the stain.

Hang the garment up and apply more stain remover and let it hang for 15 minutes. After this, you can wash the garment in the machine as you would normally do.

If your stain is a very stubborn one, you can repeat the process until the stain is removed.


In removing grass stains, you can rub your favorite laundry detergent on the whole stain and let it soak for 5 minutes. If the stain is on whites, using a detergent that has bleach in it is a plus. Come back and rub in the detergent again and let sit for 10 to 15 minutes longer.

After this, wash as normal. When you pick out the garment from the washing machine, make sure that the stain is gone before you put it in the dryer. The dryer will bake the stain in.

If the laundry detergent doesn’t work, try a home remedy mixture of equal parts Hydrogen Peroxide and bleach and three parts water.

Lay the clothing flat and put this mixture over the whole stain. Let it sit for one hour. This will give the mixture time to work. If you still see some stain, you may try this process again. If none of these processes work, you may try the same process as above with commercial stain removers.

Cleaning Sport Shoes

In an effort to keep the sport clothes clean, we mustn’t forget the shoes. These get dirty, smelly, and contain bacteria.

To clean sports shoes, get two long white tube socks and put cat litter in them, (just enough to make a ball that will fit inside the shoes). Knot the sock as close to the cat litter. Place the socks in the shoes. This will remove moisture and odor. Let this sit for 12 to 18 hours.

Next, remove the socks and shake the shoes to remove the cat litter that may have escaped. Put warm water in a five gallon bucket and fill half way. Add two cups of baking soda.

Unlace the shoes and scrub the shoes with a brush inside and out. Soak the shoes and laces for 45 minutes. Remove the shoes and laces and put construction paper that is not colored, inside the shoes. This helps in the drying process and absorbs water. Don’t rinse the shoes. The baking soda will keep repelling the odor.

Taking good care of your sports clothing will help them last longer and look better!

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