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Remove Mud Stains from Clothing

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Careless during your last softball game? Did your kids forget to change into play clothes to make mud pies? Mud stains are tough, but able to be beaten.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 15-30 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Wait for the mud stain to dry.

    I know I usually tell you that the more quickly you work on a stain, the better it will be. Well, not mud. Let the mud dry thoroughly to prevent smearing. Do not attempt to wipe off the mud. It will only smear the stain onto more of the clothing.

  2. Shake or vacuum off the mud-stained area.

    Now that the mud stain has dried, try shaking or vacuuming the area to remove dried clumps of mud.

  3. Using detergent, soak the stained clothing.

    Rub liquid detergent into the stain and allow to soak for 15 minutes or until the stain no longer remains. Lightly rub the stained area between your fingers every 3-5 minutes to help loosen the stained area.

  4. Use a stain remover.

    If traces of the mud stain remain, apply a stain remover stick, gel, or spray and let stand for 5 minutes.

  5. Wash with liquid laundry detergent.

  6. Repeat steps.

    If the mud stain still remains, repeat steps 3-5 until it is completely gone. Then wash the clothing according to the fabric directions.

What You Need

  • Vacuum cleaner
  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Stain remover
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