How to Remove Grass Stains from White Shoes

Sunny summer days are the time for a picnic or a garden party. A pair of white shoes can complement any color you are wearing. Do not worry about grass stains on your favorite pair of white shoes because we are here to take care of them. If you got grass stains on your shoes, apply any of the following methods to remove them.

Use laundry detergent

How to Remove Grass Stains from White Shoes

Using regular laundry detergent is the simplest hack to remove grass stains from a pair of white shoes. It may not work if used in normal concentration. This method can even work amazingly on a trashed pair of shoes covered with grass stains. And you’ll just need two ingredients, detergent, and warm water to remove grass stains in this method.

You may need to add bleaching powder for a better result. This is to be used as a last resort if detergent is not working enough. Bleach is a safer option to use on a pair of white shoes but not any other color. Let’s get started:

  1. Mix 2 tablespoons of laundry detergent powder with 2 tablespoons of warm water in a small container. You can use any detergent of your choice. Whatever you have near your hand.  
  2. If the grass stain seems stubborn you can add ½ teaspoon of bleaching powder with the mixture. Mix the solution thoroughly. Do not add more bleaching powder hoping to get a better result.  
  3. Dip an old toothbrush in the mixture and scrub the stained areas in small circles. Apply gentle pressure while scrubbing.  
  4. Rinse with warm water very well.  
  5. Let the shoe air dry and get a pair of white shoes that look new.

Baking soda and water  

How to Remove Grass Stains from White Shoes

In this method, you’ll need baking soda, water, and paper napkins. This is a handy but time-consuming process. However, if you are looking for something effective, you can try this out. This method works best on a pair of white vans. Go through the following steps:

  1. In a small mixing bowl, take baking soda and water. There’s no fixed amount but you have to make a thick paste.  
  2. Take the pair of shoes and clean them with water at first. Rinse them under water tape and brush out the dirt from the shoe.  
  3. Then dip an old brush in the baking soda paste and scrub the show with the brush. Keep doing this until the stains start to come out.  
  4. Rinse the shoes again with water. Take them out of the water once they seem clean.  
  5. Take a bowl filled with water. Immerse the paper napkin in water and cover the shoes with the napkins properly.  
  6. Leave the shoe to air dry for 2-3 days.  
  7. After 2-3 days take off the paper napkin and discover a fresh pair of shoes.

Apply toothpaste to remove grass stains  

How to Remove Grass Stains from White Shoes

Yes, toothpaste works on grass stains. This is comparatively a safer option to use toothpaste to remove grass stains from white shoes. Follow the simple steps given below:

  1. Take some full-strength white toothpaste and apply with a damp sponge, brush, or rag on the pair of shoes.  
  2. If you do not want to get your shoes, use a barely damp sponge.  
  3. In a circular motion apply a good layer of the toothpaste all over the shoe.  
  4. Let the toothpaste sit for 10-20 minutes. You don’t need to scrub rather let the cleaner sit and give it time to work.  
  5. You’ll notice the pigments getting mixed with the paste.  
  6. Now take a dry towel and wipe the entire shoe. The stain and any other dirt will come off and transfer to the towel. On some materials, a damp towel will work better.

You can apply it more than once if the grass stain doesn’t wipe off in a single application.

Treat the pair of shoes with Vinegar

How to Remove Grass Stains from White Shoes

Vinegar is a common household item. We all have this at our house which is why it is a convenient option. Apart from its convenience, it is effective in many cases. The method of vinegar treatment is well tested for cleaning grass stains out of shoes. Even if it doesn’t work out, then there’s no harm in trying.

Because trying out this does not require you to spend extra money. Apple cider vinegar is not a good option, rather the regular white distilled vinegar can do the job well. Help yourself by following the steps below:   

  1. Clean the mud from your shoes with a piece of a washcloth.  
  2. Make a mixture of vinegar and warm water. Pour one-third of vinegar and two-third of warm water into a bowl. You can add liquid detergent too in this mixture. This whole mixture will work as a cleaning agent.  
  3. Now take an old toothbrush to scrub out the grass stains from the shoe. Do not pour the mixture directly on the shoe. With the help of a toothbrush scrub the stained areas of your shoes. Dip the bristles of the toothbrush into the mixture and go slowly on specific areas.  
  4. Then take a washcloth and wipe the scrubbed areas gently. This step is important because the washcloth will rinse the vinegar mixture from your shoes.  
  5. You can repeat the process of getting a cleaner pair of shoes but don’t go crazy.   

It is a good method for small and less visible stains. For deeper grass stains it may not work completely. However, it will help to loosen the green stains and fade out the color of the grass stains from your white pair of shoes.

Clean grass stains with rubbing alcohol  

Rubbing alcohol is usually used for removing creases out of leather shoes. For your white pair of sneakers, it can be used as well. Some people say that it doesn’t work on grass stains on shoes. However, it depends mostly on the material of your shoes.

If it is a white leather pair, this method is going to work. For a pair of canvas or mesh material shoes, this may not work. Rubbing alcohol is a handy ingredient, so you’ll not have many hassles to try out it. Follow this method step by step:  

  1. Make a solution of an equal amount of rubbing alcohol and water. You can use a sponge or a cotton ball to apply it. It’s better to take the mix into a spray bottle for easier application.  
  2. Clean the mud and brush out the dirt from the pair of shoes.  
  3. Then spray the solution on the grass stained area and saturate the area. Let the alcohol dry.  
  4. Take some laundry soaps and rinse the area well. Scrub the area with a little brush.  
  5. Rinse well and allow the shoe to dry.  

Rubbing alcohol allows the stain to wear out and break apart the pigment to remove it while washing. This technique will require you to wash the pair of shoes thoroughly afterward.

Bleach and peroxide solution  

The solution of bleach and hydrogen peroxide is a powerful one. It is recommendable to use this method if all others fail. The good side is one can use it on white shoes without risking color damage.

This solution is very toxic but works effectively. If you want to work with this method, you have to be extra cautious. The solution can irritate the skin if it comes in contact with and can also damage other surfaces. For grass stains on white pair of shoes, this solution can be something that works. Check out the following steps before you start.

  1. Take 1/4th cup bleach, 1/4th cup of peroxide, and mix it into 1 cup of water. Give the ingredients a good mix.    
  2. Add the solution to a spray bottle for easier application. Spray the solution on the grass stain and saturate it. It is not recommendable to use a cloth or cotton ball.  
  3. After spraying the solution let it sit for at least 30 minutes. You can keep it overnight too for the best result.  
  4. Then rinse the pair of shoes with water.  
  5. Wash the pair of shoes in the normal way and let it dry.  

The bleach and peroxide solution is a corrosive one. It can sometimes deteriorate the fibers of the canvas or whatever material the shoe is made of. So, while trying out this method keep it in mind.

Use a stain remover

There are plenty of stain remover products that come in form of sticks, sprays, and gels. These are easy to use and safe on white shoes. If you want to spend extra money to avoid all the above mentioned hassles, you can try one of these stain removing products.

Wrapping Up

Before jumping into any of the hacks consider the material and color of the pair of your shoes. For colored shoes, these hacks can damage the product.

YOU CAN ALSO READ: Best Non Cycling Shoes for Cycling

Leave a Comment