The Colour Green - Removing Grass & Food Stains

The Colour Green - Removing Grass & Food Stains

In the modern age it's important to try to stay green, but we should limit this to our eco-sensibilities, not stains all over your dress or your children's school uniforms! We've composed a quick guide on how to remove those tough green stains from your clothing.

Generally there are two main culprits for green stains: food and grass. Green pigments tend to be amongst the hardest to dislodge, because vegetable and grass stains tend to be caused by organic compounds getting into the fibres. Despite the difficulty of removing these stubborn stains, it is important to not panic and go overboard. The first thing to remember is that you should avoid using ammonia, degreaser or alkaline detergents at all costs, as these are known to set in such stains. There are simpler processes that will help eliminate any traces of food or grass without being so hard on your garments.

Cleaning Process

Often the sooner you deal with the stain, the more likely it is to come out. If the stain is a grass or non-fat stain, it is best to rinse with cold water to stop it setting further into the fabric. When the area is wet enough, you are ready to begin tackling the stain. However, there are different procedures to follow depending on the color of the material:


For the best results with white clothing, the best solution is always a specialized product such as Vanish Napisan Oxi-Action Crystal White Gel. Massage 2ml into the grassy region and allow to soak for maximum 6 hours (but you should always read the instructions on the back of the packs to make sure you are following the right process). When the time is up, wash the clothes with a lid of Vanish Gel and then simply marvel at the results.


To remove green stains from colours, you want to follow a similar process to your whites. Use 2ml of Vanish Oxi Action Gel and massage it into the green stain and leave for 5 minutes before laundering. It's important to remember to never use chlorine bleach on your coloured clothing.

That's your simple solution to address the residue,whether it was left by last night's dinner, or last Sunday's sliding tackle. Green stains can be particularly vivid, but don't fret when you have Vanish at your disposal.

Note: You should always follow washing instructions on the garment or fabric care label.