If you have a football player or a baseball player in your house then you know just how stubborn those grass stains and red dirt stains can be! And we’re not even going to mention the sweaty smell coming from them.
QuickandDirtyTips.com has compiled some stain removing tips and some freshening tips so you can get those uniforms ready for the next game!
The first recommendation is to make sure you clean the uniform as soon as you can. Preferably right after the game… you’re going to have a lot more cleaning to do if that uniform’s been sitting in a gym bag for a week!
To remove a grass stain, the article recommend creating a scrub to treat the stain. Mix ¼ cup of white sugar and just enough water to make a paste. Then rub the paste into the grass stain with a soft bristled brush for about a minute. Then wash the garment as usual with the scrub still on there.
The red dirt and clay is a little trickier. First step is to dust as much of the dirt off as possible. “Next, saturate the stain with a mixture of 1 cup white vinegar mixed with 3 tablespoons of iodized salt.” After it sits for 30 minutes, rinse with cold water. Repeat as needed if the stain is still there, or try these steps: 1) soak the item in a mixture of 1 cup water and 1 tablespoon of Borax granules. If the stain still persists, “soak the item in a gallon of water to which you’ve added either a cup of ammonia, or, if the uniform is white, a cup of bleach. Once the stain is gone, wash as normal.”
When it comes to keeping those uniforms smelling fresh, QuickandDirtyTips.com recommends adding 1 cup of vinegar in the bleach dispenser of your washing machine and then washing as usual with your regular laundry detergent. For especially smelly items, you may also want to sprinkle a 1/2 cup of baking soda on the uniform once you’ve added it to the washing machine.
They also say it’s best to avoid a dryer for your uniforms – hang them to dry instead.