Removing grass stains (flowers & foliage too)

These great hints are from our regular Problems & Solutions pal, Linda Cobb, the Queen of Clean.  USE FOR GRASS, FLOWERS AND FOLIAGE STAINS:

There are several ways to remove grass stains from fabrics. Pick one and try it and if it doesn’t completely remove the stain, try another one. Don’t put clothes into the dryer until the grass stain is removed.

First the things to avoid using on grass stains. These are alkalis such as ammonia, degreasers or alkaline detergents. They interact with the tannin in grass stains and can permanently set the stain.

Now on to the do list. On washable fabrics you can sponge on rubbing alcohol. Repeating several times. If the stain persists, sponge with white vinegar and rinse. Next work in your favorite laundry detergent and rinse well.

Many times rubbing white non-gel toothpaste into grass stains will remove them. Rub well, then rinse and wash as usual.

For jeans, apply undiluted alcohol to the area and allow to soak 15 minutes and then launder as usual.

Zout ™ and Spot Shot Carpet Stain Remover also work very well on grass stains. Follow the label directions. Biz All Fabric Bleach is effective in treating stubborn grass stains also. Use according to directions.

For grass on white leather shoes, rub the grass stain with molasses and leave it on the shoe overnight. Wash the molasses off with hot soap and water and the grass stain should be gone.

For grass on suede fabric, including shoes, rub the stain with a sponge dipped in glycerin, which is available at drug stores. Then rub with a cloth dipped in undiluted white vinegar, brush the nap gently to reset and allow to dry and brush again. Remember; test in an inconspicuous spot first

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