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How to Remove Mud Stains

Good Monday morning, Moppers! We hope you all had a fantastic weekend, and for those of you that are lucky enough to still have a day off today…enjoy!

It was a bit of a rainy weekend around these parts, and with fall right around the corner that can only mean one thing: mud. Lots and lots of mud. Sure, we see a lot of it in the spring, but in these latter months of the year before everything freezes and the snow falls, mud is just a fact of life. You’re going to get dirty. Your kids are going to get dirty. Everyone’s going to get dirty!

Alas, all that mud is going to lead to some messy clothes, but thankfully those stains don’t have to stay. It’ll take a little elbow grease, but soon you can have your wardrobe looking good as new with these helpful tips.

What You’ll Need:

  • Plastic knife of spoon
  • Toothbrush
  • Liquid detergent
  • Stain remover
  • Patience

1. Let It Dry

You’re going to be tempted to tackle all that mud when it’s fresh, thinking that it will be easier to remove. Don’t! All you’re going to end up doing is spreading that stain around, grinding it deeper into the fabric. Let it dry before you start to tackle the stain, because it will be much, much easier to deal with.

2. Scrape

When all that mud is sufficiently dry, grab a plastic knife, or a spoon, and start to scrape the excess away. Don’t scrape too hard, otherwise you’ll just embed more of it into the fibers, making it harder to clean. Give it a nice surface scrape, cleaning up those pieces of mud up as you go. When you’re done, give the garment a quick once over with a small toothbrush to make sure you got every last bit of that mud off.

3. Soak

Next it’s time to break out the big guns. Grab a bottle of liquid detergent, and pour a tiny amount over the stain. You don’t need to use a whole lot, just enough to cover the area. Let that soak for 15-20 minutes, while every 3 to 5 minutes gently rubbing it between your fingers to help loosen the stain.

4. Repeat

Mud is a tenacious enemy, so chances are you’re going to need to do step 3 more than once to completely remove it from your clothes. Pour some more liquid detergent over the area, soak, and rub, until everything is completely gone.

Bonus Tip: If you notice that the liquid detergent just isn’t cutting it after a couple of tries, use a liquid stain remover instead.

5. Wash

Now it’s time for all that hard work to pay off. Toss your clothes in the wash, and run them for a cycle the way you normally would as per the instructions on the tag. When they’re done, do not—DO NOT—put them in the dryer.

6. Examine/Repeat

Once those clothes are out of the wash, it’s time to take a look at them with a keen eye. Like we said, mud is tenacious, and even with everything done above that stain could still be lingering on your clothes. If this is the case, repeat steps 3, 4, and 5 until it is completely gone, and you can move on with your life.

In some instances the clothes might not be able to be saved, and those harsh mud stains will remain. Maybe not enough for anyone to notice, but you’ll know they’re there, and that counts for a lot.

However, in most cases the above steps will take care of those dastardly mud marks, you just have to be persistent in their removal, and show them who’s boss. Patience and elbow grease are key when it comes to dealing with mud, be it on your clothes, your floor, or you car.

That’s it for now, Moppers. Enjoy the start to another glorious week, and we’ll chat with you again on Wednesday!


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