This blog post is old but good. We get this question from moms every year about how to remove all of the stains that come along with spring sports, especially baseball and soccer. These stains can make you crazy and we all want to find a way to get rid of them and not destroy the clothes along with the stains! These suggestions will give amazing results for a myriad of sports, gardening and other outdoor-related stains on your whole family’s clothes. Be sure you keep these suggestions handy for all of your outdoor stains. Our Roux Maison friend and laundry guru, Kristen, is sharing with us her tips and tricks for removing all of your sport-related stains.
With baseball season in full swing, I am once again faced with very stained baseball pants (WHY do they make them white??) Most baseball infields are topped with a mixture of clay, sand and silt. The clay component is what keeps the infield mixture in place. Unfortunately, it is also what stains baseball uniforms the most. Don’t be fooled into thinking you will be spared stains if your player spends most of their time in the outfield. Grass stains are notoriously difficult to remove due to chlorophyll, which acts as a green dye.
I have found that the best way to remove the grass and clay stains is to apply Roux Maison Stain Remover as soon as possible. After dry brushing most of the clay off, I saturate all of the stains, rubbing the stain remover in with an old toothbrush. (The stains will show immediate improvement, but I still try to let the stain remover sit on the stain for at least an hour or longer, if possible.)
It is beneficial to then presoak the uniform. I fill a tub with warm (not hot) water and a capful of Roux Maison Sport Detergent. The pants are submerged for at least an hour. Soaking overnight is optimal.
Right before washing, I squirt some more Roux Maison Sport Detergent (Sweet Tea is my favorite scent) directly on any stains still visible and throw the pants in the wash. I run the cycle with Roux Maison Sport Detergent, following the instructions on the bottle and using warm water.
Before drying, I check the stains…if any staining remains, the dryer would set them and make them permanent. Fortunately, I have not yet had to retreat/rewash any of my son’s baseball pants, thanks to careful laundering and Roux Maison!
Thanks so much for your pearls of wisdom Kristen! We would love to learn any special washing tips and tricks any of our readers have as well! Please do share.
Play hard and happy washing!