Whether you’re a seasoned pro or new to the soccer life, one thing remains a mystery - how do you get stubborn stains out of your soccer gear? You may have sent your child’s jersey through the wash over and over again (shamelessly adding more and more detergent every time) or scrubbed their grass-stained socks until your fingers hurt, yet it still doesn’t look like the ‘before’ picture. Fear not! The soccer experts at QueensCast have comprised a list of tried-and-true remedies to guarantee a stain-free future!
Mud stains go against all the typical stain rules - don’t scrub the stain right away. With mud stains, patience is key. Allow it to dry before removing what you can with a brush. Mix 1 quart of warm water, 1 tablespoon of white vinegar, and 1 teaspoon of liquid dish detergent, then soak your stained clothes for 15-20 minutes. Rinse off your clothes with clean water. If there’s still a stain, scrub it with rubbing alcohol and rinse with fresh water.
To remove grass stains, rub laundry detergent on the stain and rinse. If a green hue still persists, it’s time to whip out the rubbing alcohol. Test on a small part of the clothing first to make sure there are no adverse reactions. Then use a clean sponge to dab the rubbing alcohol across the stain, being careful never to scrub or drag the sponge as it could spread it further. Rinse in cold water and then add laundry detergent to the stain, letting it stand for 5 minutes before putting it back in the washing machine.
With blood stains, early treatment is key. If you’re working with fresh blood, run the clothing under COLD water to remove the stain. Never use warm or hot water as it can set the stain deeper. If you don’t have time to work on the stain when it’s fresh, dilute hydrogen peroxide with water up to 50 percent and after testing a small piece of the clothing to make sure the fabric reacts well, pour the mixture on the stain. A foam will form on top of the stain - make sure it doesn’t stray from the original stain. Wipe away the foam and pour more of the mixture on the stain, continuing this process until the stain is gone or almost gone. After, wash the clothing in cold water with laundry detergent.
To get sweat stains out of your jerseys, gather up dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and an old toothbrush. Combine 1 part dish soap with 2 parts hydrogen peroxide and pour the mixture over the stain. Sprinkle some baking soda on top and use the toothbrush to scrub the mixture into the jersey. Allow it to sit for an hour before putting it in the washing machine.