Game Over for Those Pesky Grass and Dirt Stains

With the kids back in school, extra-curricular activities are soon to be in full swing!  Football season and cross country are ramping up– and millions of kids all over the country are heading outdoors for afternoon sports and activities. These little boys and girls play their hearts out on Little League and t-ball diamonds, on soccer fields, and in backyards for friendly games of flag football. Soon, though, those dazzling white football pants and brand new cleats will look like they’ve lost a round with the ground. How can you win against grass stains?

Grass and Dirt: A Powerful Opponent

We can almost guarantee that your little one won’t be phased by grass stains and dirt (kids will be kids after all 😊). However, we know that parents aren’t typically thrilled about sending their budding athlete onto the field with residue from last week’s game. We also know that game day gear doesn’t come cheap, so you’ll want to extend its wear for as long as possible. When the next Mia Hamm tackles an opponent or the next Mike Trout makes a diving catch in the outfield, grass and dirt team up to create a tough stain. What’s happening?

The green streaks come from the grass, or more accurately, from the grass’s chlorophyll. It mixes with other organic matter, including dirt, proteins, carotenoids (colorful pigments in plants) and sweat. This organic sludge is very similar to the fibers in your kid’s cotton jersey. It is easy for it to penetrate and bond with the clothing, which is why these stains can stick around long after game day.

Your Star Player: Enzymatic Cleaners

Grass, dirt, blood, sweat and tears are all organic stains. The best way to combat them is with an enzymatic cleaner. Enzymes are nature’s cleaning agents: these proteins accelerate chemical reactions and break down organic materials.

When you choose an enzymatic product, look for one that contains Ordenone. This is a safe, nontoxic compound that encapsulates odors while the enzymes work on digesting the stains. Not only will clothing stay clean, eau de locker room won’t cling to your kid, car or home. Enzymes and Ordenone: it’s like having a pitcher who can hit too!

Take Grass Stains Out of the Action

As soon as the game clock hits zero, pre-treat your kid’s clothing with the enzymatic cleaner. Simply saturate the area and let the product sit for about 5 minutes. If the stain is old – in other words, your little linebacker left his jersey balled up in his gym bag – let the product sit for about an hour, pop it in the washing machine and launder as usual.

If you have particularly stubborn stains or want to transform dingy and dirty loads into sparkling, good-as-new gear for the big playoff game, use your enzymatic cleaner as a “laundry booster” in conjunction with your normal detergent. Just add a half-cup (or full cup for extra tough loads) and wash.

Grass stains are inevitable, especially when you have a little athlete on your hands. But that doesn’t mean you have to put up with them! Add a good enzymatic cleaner to your post-game ritual, along with the celebratory ice cream or pizza. (And luckily, the cleaner will be able to remove those stains too!)