How to Remove Mud, Dirt & Grass Stains from Your Clothing
A garden is a source of joy. Stains on your clothes from being in the garden? The opposite of joy.
Whether you’re an avid gardener, or your kids just love playing outside, we’ll teach you how to sort out even the toughest yard and garden stains so that only the memories linger on.
Ready to learn some stain-busting moves and spend more time in your happy place (and out of the laundry room)?
Let’s dig in!
Mud, Clay, and Dirt (Loam) Stains
The feeling of dirt through your fingers is like no other.
If only the dirt would stay in the garden and off of your clothes. Never mind, here’s how to tackle these stains like a pro and keep your clothes (even your gardening ones) looking like new!
Mud and Loam Stains
The brown stuff, great for plants but not so great on fabric. Here’s what to do when it ends up on your clothes.
Your first step is to get hold of a bottle of OUTrageous Stain Remover and Laundry Pre-Treater – with this bottle of liquid magic you'll soon discover that no stain is impossible to remove!
Let the mud dry then flake off as much of it as you can (use the right tool such as a plastic spoon or knife - you get the idea).
Generously apply OUTrageous to the stained area and wait for about 5 minutes.
If the garment is heavily soiled, work the product in using a soft-bristled brush (an old toothbrush works well) to help the stain remover penetrate the clothing fibers.
Wash the garment on a warm cycle.
Inspect carefully before drying (repeat steps 2-4 if necessary).
How easy was that?
OUTrageous will do all the hard work, but don't worry; you can take all the credit!
The orangey-red color is a warning in itself – this stuff can stain in a really bad way!
It's a good thing you’re ready with your bottle of OUTrageous handy. This is a great time to put it to the test – oh, and by the way, you won't be disappointed. Say goodbye to that nasty clay.
For best results treat the stain within 12 hours, but don't be shy to experiment on older stains, you'll be amazed at the results.
Gently remove whatever excess clay you can. Gentle is the key word – you don’t want to spread the stain or grind it into the fibers.
If you can’t wash the stain right away, soak the item overnight in a bowl of cool water.
Generously apply OUTrageous to both sides of the stained area – you want it to be fully saturated.
Gently work it in with an old toothbrush.
Let it stand for a few minutes, longer if it’s heavily soiled. Just make sure you don’t let the product dry on the clothes, so reapply if necessary.
Launder on a normal cold cycle and check before drying as heat can set stains making them seriously stubborn.
Admire the results!
No more throwing away clothes or turning them into rags – red clay has finally met its match!
“I have used this product on white baseball pants, football jerseys, my work shirts, and my husband’s greasy white hat. All of them came back looking amazing. The red clay and the grease were the hardest to get out but all I did was use an old toothbrush to scrub a little, and it worked. I even found a two-year-old pair of baseball pants and was able to get most of the red clay out of them. I am in love with this product and recommend it to all my sports moms and dads.”
- “Mom-of-3-boys’” 5 stars review, The Home Depot
Dirt, Mulch, and Muck Stains
While the goal is to keep the dirt and mulch on the ground, at some point, they'll end up on your clothing. Don't worry though, with a few tips, tricks and some OUTrageous; these stubborn stains will vanish like the early morning dew!
Soak the stained item in cold water overnight.
Wring out the clothing and while it’s still damp apply OUTrageous, thoroughly saturating the area.
Work the product in with an old toothbrush and let it stand for a few minutes.
Launder the garment on a warm cycle.
Inspect your clothing carefully before drying, these stains can be stubborn and may need another treatment, sometimes that’s all it takes.
A major bonus with treating these types of stains is the fresh scent that OUTrageous leaves behind.
“AWESOME!!!!! I have two kids who are oblivious to what food, grass, dirt, etc. ends up on their clothes. This product works better on organic stains than anything else I have tried (and I have tried quite a few).”
- Yayspay’s 5-star review, The Home Depot
Grass and Flower Stains
Bright, beautiful, and natural dyes.
That’s right, flowers and grass can leave their mark on way more than just your garden. Surprisingly stubborn, these organic stains need a powerful stain remover – OUTrageous to the rescue!
Splashes of color in your garden bring so much joy, but they can seriously ruin your clothes! After hours of kneeling in your garden or working in your flower beds, those greens and pinks may have rubbed off on more than just your mood.
Use bit of OUTrageous and those stains will be a thing of the past – even on the whitest of clothes and the dirtiest of knees!
Remove the excess dirt and grass off the clothing.
Saturate the stain with OUTrageous and gently work it in with an old toothbrush.
Let the garment stand for about 10-15 minutes allowing the product to do its thing.
For really stubborn grass stains follow this trick. After you apply the OUTrageous, let the garment soak in a bowl of water with a very small amount of laundry detergent mixed in (1 teaspoon at most).
Launder the item like normal. Always check it before drying.
Voila! If only getting rid of weeds was this easy!
Brightly colored flowers can make your heart sing!
Brightly colored pollen stains can make your heart sink.
From the full bouquet of garden stains, pollen stains are probably the toughest to remove! Pollen is designed to stick to whatever it touches. If you look at pollen under a microscope, you’ll see it has sharp barbs and tendrils. When it comes to removing pollen from your clothes, the best approach is to tackle it while it’s still dry.
Shake the garment thoroughly – do not try to brush the pollen off as you will most likely brush it in!
Grab some sticky tape (yes, you're reading this correctly) and place it sticky side down on top of the pollen stain and pull it off again. If you look closely, you'll see pollen on the tape. Try to remove as much of the pollen as you can. Do this a few times, changing to a fresh piece of tape as needed.
Now it’s time to pre-treat the stain with OUTrageous. Saturate the area and let it work for a few minutes.
Launder the item on the hottest cycle safe for the fabric (you didn’t come this far to ruin the whole garment).
Inspect carefully after the wash and repeat step 3 and 4 until you’re satisfied with the result.
Handle pollen stains with a bit of TLC and some OUTrageous, and you’ll be back to enjoying those beautiful blossoms with your favorite blouse hanging in your wardrobe as good as new.
“My go to product for laundry stains. I haven't found anything that this doesn't get out. I had dye transfer on 3 shirts, and this got that all out. Great on organic stains like perspiration, blood, cooking oil, etc. It has saved so many of our clothes.”
- SN Shoemaker's 5-star review, The Home Depot
Now that you know how to deal with these pesky outdoor stains, you’ll be able to embrace your garden without worrying about the evidence left on your clothes. So, go on, enjoy the peace and joy that your garden has to offer, and let OUTrageous take care of the stains.