My 18 year old son Kell has a job working as a greenskeeper at the local golf course this summer. When he comes home at the end of a long day of mowing, edging, raking, weed-whacking, etc, his pants look like the picture above. Almost completely covered in grass stains. For the most part I just wash them and don’t really worry about the stains because they are his “work pants” after all. They’re just going to get the same abuse the next day.
Yesterday, however, I ran across a reader comment that I’ve saved for over a year now that I have been meaning to try. It was a DIY laundry spot remover and I thought Kell’s grass-stained pants would be a great test for it. To be honest, I didn’t think it stood a chance against the grass stains. About the only thing I have found harder to get out than grass stains are yellow armpit stains. I figured if I could conquer those, I could conquer anything! :-)
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It takes a lot to surprise me anymore….especially when it comes to homemade laundry solutions…but this one definitely did just that! After one wash it completely removed the stains!
Here is the recipe that Karen W shared back on June 12, 2012! (Why oh why did I wait so long to try it??)
My One Good Thing is a laundry spot remover that I have found to be very good at getting out tough stains. It is one cup of water, one cup of ammonia, one cup of Era laundry detergent, and one cup of vinegar. Put these into a spray bottle and shake it up to mix, then use it on those tough stains. It has even got out set in stains. Just spray it on and rub it in or use a brush on it. I have used it for years!
I first mixed all the ingredients in a pitcher and then poured it into a spray bottle. I sprayed the pants liberally with the mixture and rubbed the areas with the worst stains together a little bit. I waited about 10 minutes and then threw them in a regular load of clothes my my homemade powdered laundry detergent. I didn’t even soak them.
I think the results speak for themselves. I can’t wait to try it out on more stains!
Here is the recipe again, in recipe form:
Grass Stain Buster Spot Remover
- 1 cup water
- 1 cup ammonia
- 1 cup vinegar
- 1 cup Era laundry detergent
(I have no idea if this recipe would work with another brand name, but I have a hunch that it would. Please let us know if any of you try it!)
My son’s “work pants” are now actually fit to be worn in respectable places! At least until after work tomorrow. :-)