How to Clean Clay, Dirt, Grass, etc out of Softball / Baseball pants.. White or Color!

How to Clean Clay, Dirt, Grass, etc out of Softball / Baseball pants.. White or Color!

The hardest thing to clean is the clay in uniforms. Here’s My Tips. 

• NEVER use HOT or Warm water or put in the dryer. Cold water wash only. Hang to dry. No Fabric Softeners / Sheets. 

STEP 1•After the game, throw that uniform in the washer to get out the Easy Stuff. The longer it sets, the harder to come clean. Cold water wash only! Use your regular detergent. No Bleach. No Fabric Softener. (Personally, I favor Gain original.) When finished, give the inspection. Now for the soaks. 

  
STEP 2 WHITE •If the pants are WHITE. I use a product called “Iron Out”. I get it at Walmart in the toilet cleaner section. Yes, it is safe for fabric. But… *WARNING! It is in powder form and until it is constituted, it can be Toxic to inhale. 

With that said, I LOVE this product. It whitens the white by removing the particles not by bleaching it. So if you have a Blue Nike check, it will stay Blue. 

To use. I have two small buckets to soak sports clothes in. I grab a bucket, cover just the bottom in warm weather. I know I said not to use warm or hot but this is just to dissolve the product. I eyeball measure about 1/4 cup.. Careful not to inhale the powder. Dump in, I use an old toothbrush to mix until dissolved. Then add enough Cold water that will cover the pants, mix well. Once well mixed in, it is not toxic to your hands. Add the pants. Allow to sit overnight. 

STEP 3 COLD WASH •I dump the entire thing in the washer, alone, the next day and do another cold wash just like the first step. 

STEP 4 •Inspect again. Are they clean? If not, repeat Steps 2 and 3. If clean, go to Step 5. 

STEP 5 •Hang to Dry. Admire your Clean Pants!

EXTRA TIP for WHITE *Really bad stains on WHITE, I rub in Dawn original then spray on hydrogen peroxide and rub it in good. Can use as a PreSoak. But you gotta use Elbow Grease on this one. 

  
STEP 2 COLOR•If the pants are of COLOR. I have recently found Krud Kutter. It is fabric safe and color safe. Trust me, I put it to the tests first. I sprayed it all over an old blue shirt. No fading! But… Always try in an inconspicuous spot like the inside hem before using to ensure your color and fabric will endure. (For OCMS Lady Eagles Softball’s gray pants, I’ve already tested them. No fading.)

Krud Kutter comes in many forms and for many different uses. The one I found is at Walmart in the aisle next to the spray paint. With the outdoor cleaning products like window washing. It comes in a gallon and is concentrated. 

  
Walmart sells these heavy duty sprayers. I added 3 ounces of Krud Kutter to 25 ounces of cool water. That formula is based on 11/2cups KK to 1 gallon water. 

To use. After STEP 1, spray and rub in areas of concern. That’s it. Allow to soak. 

STEP 3 COLD WASH •I dump the entire thing in the washer, alone, the next day and do another cold wash just like the first step. 

STEP 4 •Inspect again. Are they clean? If not, repeat Steps 2 and 3. If clean, go to Step 5. 

STEP 5 •Hang to Dry. Admire your Clean Pants!

And that’s how to get Softball / Baseball pants Clean. Enjoy! Go Eagles!!

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