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How To Get Mud Stains Out Of Clothes

Mud Stains
Dealing with mud stains can be challenging if you don’t know how to do it properly

How to get mud stains out of clothes is a matter of patience and some right tricks and tips. As you might know, getting mud stains on your clothes is not uncommon, especially in the rainy season.

You will soon have to encounter mud problems if you have children who love playing out, pets prone to run wild, maybe your husband likes working in the garden, or sometimes you slip and fall into the mud.

Don’t worry, and you don’t have to throw clothes away because of some minor stains. To do so, let’s spend time reading my article below.

Let’s start!

Are Mud Stains Permanent?

For those who don’t know, mud is soil mixed with water to create a sticky paste. (1) Depending on your location, you might have dark or red mud stains. It might be a bit tricky to get rid of these marks on your clothes once they become set in.

If you don’t tackle them properly, they might become ugly and permanent stains on your pants or shirts.

However, if you follow the step-by-step instructions carefully, for example, let them dry, apply a stain treatment, machine wash with hot water, then you have a fair chance of shifting that unsightly mark.

How To Restore Muddy Clothes In A Proper Way

Mud stains can become stubborn if you don’t handle them correctly. But they can be easy to deal with once you learn the following method. Check it out now.

What You’ll Need:

  • A spoon or a butter knife or a handheld vacuum cleaner
  • Laundry detergent or hydrogen peroxide
  • A stain removal product of your choice


Step 1: Allow the mud stain to dry completely before taking another step.

Step 2: Use a spoon or a butter knife to scrape off dry mud from the clothes. A handheld vacuum cleaner to pick up as much dirt as possible.

If you can’t find any supporting tools, give it a good shake so that dry mud can come off naturally.

Step 3: Check the care label to make sure your clothes are safe to wash. If they’re suitable for a dry-cleaning method only, separate them from the rest and deal with them later.

Step 4: Apply a good amount of laundry detergent onto the stained area and rub gently. Let it seep for about 15 minutes. Repeat several times so that the detergent can penetrate deeply into the fabric.

Step 5: Use stain remover to treat stubborn remaining marks of the stain. Wait for 5-10 minutes for it to work on the stain.

Step 6: If the whole item is dirty, you can soak it in the laundry detergent with warm water for about 30 minutes before tossing it into the washing machine.

Step 7: Use the hottest water mode if possible and wash as usual. You can use oxygen bleach or chlorine bleach for white clothes while using laundry detergent for dark-colored ones.

Handheld Vacuum Cleaner
Handheld vacuum cleaner can be a great cleaning tool you can use to handle mud stains

Your clothes can benefit from oxygen bleach. Find out more!

Watch this video: Oxygen Bleach is Awesome

An Effective Way to Clean Muddy Clothes With Dish Soap Or Hydrogen Peroxide

If you happen to have dish soap ( of course, you do) or hydrogen peroxide at home, you can try this quick and simple way to deal with mud stains. Let’s start!

What You’ll Need:

  • A handheld vacuum cleaner
  • A toothbrush
  • Dish soap or hydrogen peroxide


Step 1: Make sure mud stains become dry totally.

Step 2: Remove excess dry mud sticking to the surface of the garment with a handheld vacuum cleaner.

Step 3: Use a toothbrush to scrub any remaining soil.

Step 4: Apply dish soap or hydrogen peroxide to the muddy area, add a little bit of water, then brush it gently with a toothbrush. Keep moving in a circle.

Step 5: Brush until the stain fades and disappears.

Step 6: Use the washing machine to clean it as instructed on the care label. Remember to not choose water above 40 degrees C. Then, dry your clothes normally.

Note: Before applying on dark or colored clothes; make sure hydrogen peroxide is color-safe. You can use a stain remover to remove stains instead of hydrogen peroxide or dish soap. Don’t forget to follow the instructions on the label.

How To Get Mud Out Of Non-Washable Clothes

Don’t panic when your precious non-washable clothes get dirty from mud. If the stain is fresh and still wet, you can blot both sides of the garment with a clean, absorbent rag or a dry-cleaning liquid product. This way will work if you’re lucky enough. If not, follow the step-by-step guide below:

What You’ll Need:

  • An absorbent rag
  • Dish soap
  • White vinegar


Step 1: Let the mud stain dry completely. Scrape the excess dirt with a butter knife.

Step 2: Apply the mixture of dish soap and white vinegar to the affected spot.

Step 3: Use a rag to blot the stain from the inside of clothes. Add more of the cleaning solution. Keep blotting until the stain disappears.

Step 4: Let it dry naturally.

Vinegar is a Universal Cleaning
Vinegar is a universal cleaning hack for stains

An Effective Way To Wipe Out Dark Mud From Clothing

Dark mud is a popular stain, and it needs to be tackled in a different way than red mud. So, I spend a whole section introducing you to how to remove dark mud from clothing.

Don’t worry, and it’s straightforward so that you can be successful on the first attempt!

What You’ll Need:

  • A handheld vacuum cleaner
  • Laundry detergent
  • An old toothbrush


Step 1: Set clothes aside and wait until the mud dries before taking any further action.

Step 2: Vacuum the dry clumps after scraping mud stains.

Step 3: To enhance the cleaning power, you can apply laundry detergent to the stain and let it sit for 15 minutes. If you think it’s unnecessary, skip this step.

Step 4: Wet the stain with a little bit of water. Apply detergent to the stain and start scrubbing gently with an old toothbrush. To get the ultimate result, don’t forget to scrub the other side of the garment.

Step 5: Toss clothes in the washing machine and run a normal washing cycle.

Step 6: If the dirt is still visible, repeat the cleaning steps until the stains are gone, then wash again. Dry your clothes naturally to make sure there is no mud on them.

Laundry detergent can help you say goodbye with dark mud stains.

Watch this video: Quick and Easy Mud Stain Removal

Let’s Remove Red Mud Stains From Your Clothes Right Now!

Red mud can be real trouble because it’s pretty challenging to get rid of red color marks on your clothes which are mainly caused by iron oxides (2). You might need to acquire some right tricks to make it.

I’ve started with the most natural method, and I also include four powerful ones at the end of this section so that you can use one of them if necessary.

Let’s begin!

What You’ll Need:

  • 1 cup of distilled white vinegar
  • 3 tablespoons of salt
  • A spoon
  • An old toothbrush
  • A washing machine with a hot water option


Step 1: As with any mud stain, you apply the same first step: let it dry before any further treatment.

Step 2: Prepare a pre-cleaning solution with 1 cup of vinegar and 3 tablespoons of salt.

Step 3: Dab this mixture onto the stain and scrub with an old toothbrush.

Step 4: Let the mixture sit for an hour.

Step 5: Toss clothes into the washing machine and choose the hottest water mode your machine has and is also suitable for your fabric.

Step 6: After washing, if the stain persists, you can try with some other stain removal below and repeat the whole process.

Here are some DIY mud stain removers:

  • Liquid oil soap: It needs 15 minutes to work.
  • Dishwashing detergent: Let it stand overnight.
  • Bleach-free powdered laundry detergent and ammonia: It might take 10 minutes to take effect.
  • Combine powdered dishwasher detergent and water to form a paste and apply on stains and wait for 3 hours.

Say Goodbye To Set-In Mud Stains With Hand Cleaner

It might sound weird, but you can use hand cleaner paste to clean the mud stain effectively. This type of hand cleaner is widely used by mechanics to remove dirt, oil, and grease. It’s also used for everyday purposes.

You can shop for a wide range of hand cleaners in supermarkets and grocery stores.

What You’ll Need:

  • Hand cleaner
  • A small brush
  • Laundry detergent


Step 1: Smear a small amount of hand cleaner all over the need-to-treat spot. You should apply for both sides.

Step 2: Scrub each side of the fabric, focus on the muddy area.

Step 3: Let it sit for about an hour.

Step 4: Machine wash your garment with warm water mode.

Step 5: Add an extra rinse cycle in the washing process to increase the cleaning effect.

Step 6: Continue to wash as normal.

Step 7: Air the clothes out.

Hand Cleaner
Hand cleaner can be helpful in removing mud stains

Remove Mud Stains From White Clothes

A mud stain on the white shirts or pants can make people feel uncomfortable every time they look at it. Although it’s a bit challenging to remove this brown mask, it’s still possible.

Below are some simple steps to help you restore the white color of your garment. Let’s try as soon as possible.

What You’ll Need:

  • Handheld vacuum cleaner
  • A small brush
  • Laundry detergent
  • Chlorine bleach


Step 1: Wait until mud becomes dry and easy to scrape.

Step 2: Vacuum excess mud carefully.

Step 3: Squirt a few drops of laundry detergent on the stain. Gently spread soap all over the stain with your finger. Let it sit for 15 minutes.

Step 4: Rinse with cool water.

Step 5: Blend 60ml of chlorine bleach in a bucket of water and soak your clothes in straight 5 minutes.

Step 6: Wash with the hottest water cycle on the care label of your clothes and preferably use bio laundry detergent to achieve the best outcome. After the mud is removed, hang your clothes to dry,

White Clothes
White clothes should be kept clean and away from mud stains

Quick Ways To Get Mud Stains Out Of White Pants

Your white pants are full of mud, don’t fret since you had an effective solution for this problem.

  • Create a presoak solution from 1 tablespoon of enzymatic treatment product and 1 quart of warm water, then soak your white pants in this mixture for half an hour before washing as normal.
  • Blend 1 tablespoon of vinegar with ½ teaspoon of dishwashing liquid in a large bowl and soak the pant for 15 minutes

Eliminate Mud Stains from Delicate Fabrics

Unlike other fabrics, you should remove mud stains on delicate fabric as gently as possible. Any harsh cleaning effort you attempt to make could damage your clothes permanently. Let’s reference these instructions to protect your delicate clothes:

What you need:

  • A spoon
  • Methylated spirits
  • Laundry detergents


Step 1: You should be as gentle as possible. Instead of scraping vigorously to remove dry clumps, you might need to move the spoon up and down slowly.

Step 2: Methylated spirits might be helpful in this case because they will loosen the soil particles. Test it on a small area of your clothes to make sure they do no harm to your delicate garment.

Step 3: Wash it with laundry detergents for delicate clothes and air it out naturally.

Additional Tips You’ll Love To Know

With the right cleaning tips, you’re able to tackle mud stains and get the best results you dream of. Let’s find out below:

  • If you’ve got dirt on dry-clean fabrics such as wool, silk, satin, acetate, velvet, chiffon, taffeta, and lace, you should bring them to a professional cleaner.
  • First thing first, read the care label so that you can choose the proper way to wash your dirty garments.
  • It’s suggested that you shouldn’t wash heavily soiled clothes with other items to avoid the whole bunch becoming muddy.
  • Use professional cleaning service if necessary. Don’t try so hard in this case.
  • Keep some pre-cleaning products that you always find effective handy.
  • Be careful and read instructions before using bleach.
  • Remember to wait until mud stains have dried, and then you can proceed to the next step.
  • However, don’t let the dry stain stay for too long. It would be best if you deal with it soon. Although you can’t wash it immediately, pre-treating it with dishwashing liquid or hand soap is necessary.


Asking the right question can give you the correct information you need. Let’s start with several top-rated questions I’ve prepared for you.

Will Vinegar Remove Mud Stains?

Yes, vinegar can be an excellent mud stain remover which you can apply directly on the stain to get the best result.

Will Baking Soda Lift Mud Stains?

Adding baking soda to the washing machine effectively boosts the cleaning process and makes your garments fresher.

What's An Effective Method To Get Mud Stains Out Of Football Shirts?

After scraping off excess mud, you can apply a mixture of detergent or stain remover with water and rub the affected area with an old toothbrush. Rubbing both sides of the garment. Repeat this step until the stain disappears.

How To Eliminate Mud From Clothes After Drying?

If you’ve washed your muddy clothes, especially put them in the dryer, the stain becomes a hard-to-get-out mud stain and requires more effort to remove.

First, you rub the stain with laundry detergent or dish detergent, let it sit for a while, then wash as usual. If the set in stain still persists, you can try a stain-removal spray or hand cleaner to treat.

Do You Wash Muddy Clothes In Hot Or Cold Water?

After scraping dry mud from the clothes, you might need to soak them in cold water. It’s advised that you shouldn’t use hot water this time because it might make the stain become hard to remove.

But when tossing into the washing machine, you can wash with the hottest water the fabric is allowed.

Can You Put Really Muddy Clothes In The Washing Machine?

No, it would be best if you did not put muddy clothes in the washing machine. First mud from clothes can clog up your machine and second your clothes might still be dirty after washing.

No More Mud Stains

Say goodbye to your mud stains on the clothes because you now have a lot of cleaning methods to deal with them.

No more worrying about your kids playing outside getting dirty and about a pile of your husband’s gardening clothes; you know how to restore their cleaning conditions with ease.

There is a saying: It always seems impossible until it’s done. For me, I feel I have more freedom when I can handle things that trouble me. Cleaning mud stains was once one of them but not anymore.

I like to learn new cleaning skills to keep my laundry fresh and my family happy, so if you have more tips and tricks related to this topic, don’t hesitate to share them with me. I appreciate any contribution from you.

Leave a comment below so I can contact you as soon as possible.

How To Get Mud Stains Out Of Clothes

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