How to remove dirt and mud stains

Table of Contents
1 | What you'll need
2 | How it's done
3 | Expert tips
4 | That was easy!

Whether you have kids, play sports, enjoy a good camping or hiking experience, or just have to do yard work from time to time, it's good to know how to get dirt and mud stains out of clothes. Dirt stains are most likely going to happen no matter who you are or what your family life looks like, so it's important to know how to get them out. Dirt, or "soil", is mostly the surface layer of the ground where plants grow. It is made up of rocks, and lots of decaying plant and animal material.

1 | What you'll need

  • Laundry detergent
  • A flat surface large enough to spread out the garment with the stain
  • Water
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Spray bottle
  • Vodka (optional)

2 | How it's done

Learning how to get dirt stains out of clothes is a must, as everyone's exposed to it at some
time or another, here we go:

1. If it's mud, let it dry first.

2. Take the clothing outside and shake it off so the caked-on dirt come back and go
where they belong—outdoors.

3. Spread the garment out on a flat surface and apply your favorite liquid detergent to the area.

*If you use powder detergent, mix it with water first and apply it to the stain.

4. Treat the stain with a natural stain remover.

*LiveRenewed says a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water works especially well.

Bleach Alternative5. Since dirt stains and grass stains often go hand-in-hand, Organic Authority's tip says to saturate the area with cheap vodka.

6. Wash as usual. For best results, use an add-in to maximize cleaning.

7. If stain remains, go through this process again, starting with the application of the laundry detergent.

*If it's not, air dry the clothing.

3 | Expert tips

Let mud dry before attempting to treat the stain. Some of the dirt will fall right off once it's dry, which means less work for you.

Bullet Pre-treat your stains as they come into the house instead of trying to go through all of the stains in the laundry basket on laundry day.

Bullet Designate older clothes as play clothes for the kids or hiking/yard work clothes for yourself.

Bullet Never dry your stained clothes in the dryer. The stain will set.

Bullet You may want to keep a good bleach alternative for stubborn stains!


4 | That was easy

Removing dirt stains from your kids' clothes shouldn't be the chore you hate the most. All it takes is a little laundry detergent and sometimes something a little stronger (like vodka or a bleach alternative!). Once you know how to remove dirt stains, laundry day will suddenly become much easier.

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