How to Get Grass Stains Out of Jeans: A Comprehensive Guide

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Spending time outdoors can be a wonderful way to enjoy the fresh air and sunshine, but it can also lead to a common and frustrating problem: grass stains on your clothes. 

If you’ve found yourself with grass-stained jeans, don’t worry – with the right techniques, you can easily get the stains out and restore your clothes to their former glory. 

In this article, I’ll provide a comprehensive guide to getting grass stains out of jeans.

Let’s get started.


Before you even begin washing your jeans, it’s important to pre-treat the stain. There are several effective pre-treatment options that you can try, but keep in mind that some pre-treatment methods can cause damage to certain types of fabric. 

It’s a good idea to test the pre-treatment method on an inconspicuous area of the jeans before applying it to the grass stain.

Here are some effective pre-treatment options:

  • Baking soda: Make a paste of baking soda and water and apply it to the stain, letting it sit for 30 minutes before washing.
  • Hydrogen peroxide: Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water and apply the solution to the stain, letting it sit for 10-15 minutes before washing.
  • Stain remover: Apply a pre-wash stain remover to the grass stain, following the instructions on the label.
  • Rubbing alcohol: Dampen a clean cloth with rubbing alcohol and dab the stain until it disappears.
  • White vinegar: Mix equal parts white vinegar and water and apply the solution to the stain, letting it sit for 10-15 minutes before washing.

By using one or a combination of these pre-treatment methods, you can help to break down the grass stain and make it easier to remove during the washing process. 


Once you’ve pre-treated the stain, it’s time to wash the jeans. 

Here are the steps you should follow:

  1. Check the care label on the jeans to determine the appropriate water temperature and laundry detergent to use. In general, cold water is best for washing jeans, as it helps to prevent shrinking and fading.
  2. Turn the jeans inside out to protect the color and texture of the denim.
  3. Wash the jeans on a gentle cycle, using the appropriate amount of detergent.
  4. Avoid overloading the washing machine, as this can lead to uneven washing and inadequate stain removal.


After washing your jeans, it’s important to let them air dry to avoid damaging the fabric or shrinking the jeans. 

Here are some tips for drying your jeans:

  1. Hang your jeans outside on a clothesline or drying rack, or lay them flat on a clean towel indoors.
  2. Avoid using a dryer, as the high heat can damage the fabric and cause the stain to set permanently.
  3. Once the jeans are dry, you can iron them on a low setting to smooth out any wrinkles.

What are Grass Stains? Why are They Hard to Remove?

Grass stains are a common type of stain that results from contact with grass. When you come into contact with grass, the chlorophyll in the grass can transfer onto your clothing, leaving a greenish-yellow stain. 

Grass stains can be particularly difficult to remove because chlorophyll is a natural pigment that can bond strongly to fabric fibers, making it tough to lift the stain.

Additionally, grass stains can be exacerbated by the fact that they often occur in areas that are prone to heavy use and friction, such as knees or elbows. The combination of the pigment bonding with the fabric and the physical wear and tear of the affected area can make grass stains even harder to remove.

To make matters worse, grass stains can also set in quickly. If you don’t address a grass stain right away, it can become more deeply embedded in the fabric, making it harder to remove.

That’s why it’s important to pre-treat grass stains as soon as possible and wash your clothes promptly to prevent the stain from setting in.

Additional Tips

  1. Wear protective clothing: If you know you’ll be spending time in an area with grass, wear clothing that is less likely to show stains. Consider wearing dark or patterned clothing, as stains will be less noticeable.
  2. Apply a stain repellent: You can apply a stain repellent to your clothing before you head out to help prevent stains from setting in. There are many products on the market that can help repel stains, so choose one that works well for you.
  3. Avoid contact with grass: If you want to be sure to avoid grass stains, it’s best to avoid contact with grass altogether. Stay on paths or paved areas when possible to reduce your exposure to grass especially when you’re wearing light-colored garments.
  4. Keep a stain stick on hand: If you do get a grass stain, it’s important to treat it as soon as possible. Keeping a stain stick or other pre-treatment product in your bag or car can help you to treat the stain right away before it sets in.

It’s also important to avoid some common mistakes that can actually make the stain worse.

For example, using hot water can cause the stain to set permanently, so be sure to follow the care label instructions and use gentle washing methods.


Grass stains on jeans can be a frustrating problem, but with the right techniques, you can easily get them out and restore your clothes to their original condition. 

By pre-treating the stain, washing the jeans properly, and drying them carefully, you can ensure that your jeans look great and last for years to come. 

So the next time you find yourself with grass-stained jeans, don’t panic – just follow these tips and your clothes will be as good as new.

Looking for more tips to battle stains? Read Does Self-Tanner Stain Clothes? Tips for Prevention and Removal.

Thanks for reading.

-Baking Soda Guy  

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