We’ve all been there. It’s a few hours before an important game of football, you reach into the closet for your football kit and spot a big grass or mud stain right down the back of your shirt. You did throw your kit in the wash after your last game, but a standard wash just wasn’t enough to get the stain out – what a nightmare! Fear not, and have a read through these expert tips to remove stains from sports kits, first time, every time.
1. White vinegar and a washing mix
Probably one of the oldest and most famous stains removing solutions – noted as a miracle cure recently in the news – a mix of white vinegar and washing up liquid helps to lift the stain right out of the garment. Simply mix the two together with a small amount of warm (not hot) water, apply gently to the garment and allow to sit for 5 to 10 minutes before rinsing again with cold water.
This method can take a few attempts to completely remove the stain, but after 2 or 3 goes, the stain will almost always be removed. Then simply put the garment through a regular wash to remove any excess smell from the white vinegar.
Not as common as white vinegar and washing mix, but in many cases, just as effective. One thing to remember though, if your sports kit is any color other than white, it’s vital you use color-safe bleach, and not regular bleach (which will turn the garment white!).
Before applying the bleach, try to get as much of the stain off as possible, using cold water and a tough enough cloth to shift the dirt without damaging the garment.
Once all excess dirt is removed, apply the color-safe bleach to the garment and leave to soak in cold water for about 1 hour. Carefully rinse the garment and apply some more cold water to wash out any excess bleach. Then simply add the garment to a regular wash for a perfect result.
3. Hydrogen peroxide
Definitely not a common solution, as hydrogen peroxide isn’t something most people tend to keep under the sink. However, this can be a particularly good method for removing the toughest of stains, particularly grass stains which are extremely common with outdoor sports.
Simply apply the hydrogen peroxide directly to the stained area of the garment as well as a little warm water. Gently rub the mix into the garment and leave to sit for 10 minutes. Proceed to rinse the garment under cold water to remove any excess mix, then put it through a regular wash on a low temperature, before allowing to naturally dry for best results. It’s generally recommended to avoid heated drying – see here for further details.
So there you have it, 3 of the best ways to get those stubborn stains out of your sports kits and clothing, ensuring you’re always looking your best for the big game.