Removing Dirt Stains From Clothes - A Video

Below I've gathered a couple tips for removing dirt stains from clothes.

The first of these is a video. The methods suggested include using either a solution of laundry detergent and water or in the alternative, to use a solution of ammonia and water.

For either method they suggest presoaking the clothing prior to washing it.

The ratio for the solutions is as follows:

Liquid laundry detergent solution: 1 cup water + 1 tablespoon liquid laundry detergent (I suggest one with enzymes, although the video does not mention this)

Ammonia solution: 1 cup water + 1 tablespoon of ammonia (I suggest the non-scented, non-sudsing kind, although the video does not mention this either)

Here's the video for full details:

Please note that if you also have grass stains on your clothing, you should follow the instructions for how to remove grass stains, which will most likely also remove the dirt stain at the same time.

You can share your own stain removal tip here, telling me how you remove these types of stains, or read lots of other tips already submitted.

You can also read my tips for removing these stains from clothing, upholstery and carpet here.

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My Method For Removing Red Dirt Stains & Grass From Baseball Pants

by Melissa

Melissa says:

Murphy's Oil Soap is a fantastic stain removal aid on clothes.

I mix a little with some De-Solv-it (or other citrus based stain remover like Goo Gone or such) and spray on stain.

Let it sit about 15 min, scrub the stain then spray a little extra on if needed. Work the stain some more.

Launder in hottest water possible.

Use chlorine bleach if possible or color bleach or oxi type powder if necessary.

This works great on red dirt and grass stains on baseball pants which is how I discovered it.

It is much better than Iron Out and smells LOADS better than Iron Out!

Taylor says:

Thanks for this tip Melissa.

So I'd love to hear how even more readers remove dirt spots from clothes. You can share your tips here and I'll add them to the page.

You can either recommend products or home remedies that have worked for you!

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response re set in stain
by: Taylor

When you've run a spot through the dryer or the stain is really old, yes, it is definitely much harder to remove. In those instances my suggested method is almost always to try a very long presoak. Presoaking with something like Biz (which is what I always reach for when I have dirt stains) for overnight, or perhaps even 24 hours, often can help significantly loosen even very set stains. After all that soaking you may also want to scrub the spots gently with an old toothbrush to get really down in the fibers. That might work for you, although once something is set it's never a guarantee!

what about a stain that's already set in?
by: Anonymous

How do you remove an already set in dirt stain?

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