how to get turf stains out of white baseball pants

How To Get Turf Stains Out Of White Baseball Pants (Proven Tips)

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how to get turf stains out of white baseball pants

If your son or daughter’s baseball pants look like they’ve been worn to Woodstock 99’, you’re probably wondering how you can ever get them looking new again. Let’s review the best ways to keep those white baseball pants clean. Here are our top 6 methods for how to get turf stains out of white baseball pants.

How To Get Turf Stains Out Of White Baseball Pants

Getting turf stains out of white baseball pants can be a challenge. But with a little effort, you can get them looking good as new.

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Here’s how:

  1. Take a half cup of Murphy Oil Soap and add it to a 5-gallon bucket or sink of hot water
  2. Soak the pants overnight in the bucket
  3. Put the pants in the wash and watch all of the blood, clay, dirt, and grass stains come right out
  4. Hang to dry

This mixture is gentle enough to not destroy the different types of material or fade the logos. I promise that if you start using this cleaning method, you won’t need to scrub one pair of pants this year. 

How To Clean White Baseball Pants

Many baseball moms are asking the question, “why do baseball players wear white pants?” For many moms, getting stains out of baseball pants is a daily struggle. Even if you manage to get them clean, the stains always seem to come back. 

There are a few different options for how to get white baseball pants clean:

Iron Out – One method we’ve had a lot of success with is using Iron Out. All you need to do is take 1/4 cup of Iron Out and add it to a bucket or sink of hot water.

  • Then soak the white baseball pants overnight. The next morning, dump the water, spray any dirt stains with Dawn PowerWash, and wash with 1/4 cup of Ariel Powder w/ Oxy.
  • They come out looking brand new every time! We prefer the first method with Murphy’s only because it involves fewer steps but both ways are equally effective. 

White Brite – Like Murphy’s, this involves only a few steps. We just used Out White Brite. It was a simple soak overnight and a regular wash the next day. 

Fels-Naptha – I had never heard of this product until we started looking into different ways to get grass and dirt stains out of our son’s white baseball pants. Fels-Naptha looks like a giant bar of soap. The process is fairly simple. All you have to do is wet the bar of soap and scrub the stains.

  • Let the soap penetrate the stains for a few minutes then toss in the washer machine with regular detergent. Be sure to air dry the pants as well. 

Decreasing pre-treatment – Get yourself some Dawn Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray and spray it directly onto the stains. Simply rub it in with your fingers and throw it into the washing machine with regular detergent.

Our favorite way

  • Pressure washing – Pressure washing your white baseball pants is one of the most satisfying activities you can do as a baseball parent. Described as a “dad hack,” this way of cleaning has really taken off in the youth baseball community. All you need to do is lay out the pants on your driveway or sidewalk and hit them with the pressure washer to loosen up those stains.

How To Clean White Baseball Pants With Bleach

If you’ve ever accidentally stained your clothes, you know the feeling of dread that comes along with it. Will the stain ever come out? Are the clothes ruined forever? When it comes to clothing stains, time is of the essence, so the sooner you treat a stain, the better your chances are of getting it out.

But even if you’re treating a stain immediately, there’s one thing you should never do. Put it in the dryer. The dryer’s heat will set the stain, making it much harder (if not impossible) to remove. So, even if you’re in a hurry, take the time to treat the stain and air dry your clothing.

If the stains are giving you trouble, it’s time to go with the tried and true method of using bleach to finish the job. To do this,  fill up a bucket with slightly warm water, then add a small cap of bleach. Be sure to let the pants soak for an hour at a minimum before you rinse them with water. Run them through a wash cycle and make sure to air dry. If your pants are of the non-white variety, make sure your bleach is non-chlorine. 

How To Clean Grey Baseball Pants

While so many parents complain about white pants, I’ve found them to be much easier to clean compared to gray baseball pants.

  • Option 1: Soak with Iron Out. The process is very similar to the one we used with White Brite. 
  • Option 2: Soak the baseball pants overnight, then hit tough spots with a Fels Naptha bar. Do not rinse before throwing the pants in the washing machine. When they are done, make sure to hang them to dry. They usually come out clean and this process handles any color pants with clay, dirt, or turf stains. Another variation of the Fels Naptha bar process. Soak the baseball pants in cold water, then use the Fels Naptha and Blue Dawn dishwasher soap. The longer you let them soak, the better. Then scrub stains with the blue dawn and wash in cold water!
  • Option 3: Soak the grey baseball pants overnight in OxiClean. In the morning, give them a quick scrub with a brush if needed.
  • Option 4: White Brite – This works on grey baseball pants too.
  • Option 5: OxiClean and a pressure washer. While this is a bit more extreme, it’s probably the most fun way to clean baseball pants. Probably the most effective too. Just be sure not to put the pressure washer on the highest setting, otherwise, you might blast a hole right through them. 

How To Clean White Baseball Cleats

Look good, feel good, play good. This is so easy and satisfying that even your teenage ballplayer can do it. It only involves Dawn Power Wash and a Magic Eraser. Simply spray the baseball cleat and then wipe it with a Magic Eraser. It really couldn’t be any easier.  


One day, you’ll look at your son’s dirty baseball pants and you’ll be hit with a wave of nostalgia. You’ll remember the days when you used to be responsible for cleaning those pants and you’ll miss it. Sure, cleaning baseball pants isn’t the most glamorous job in the world, but it’s a mom’s job and it’s one that you’ll miss when your son gets older. There’s something special about being responsible for keeping your son’s pants clean and presentable. 

It’s a thankless job, for sure, but one that you’ll look back on fondly. So, the next time you’re scrubbing those pants, take a moment to appreciate the memories you’re making. Someday, you’ll be glad you did.

In the meantime, with the help of our cleaning techniques, baseball moms will no longer be asking the questions “why are baseball pants white” or “how to get turf stains out of white baseball pants”.

Chris F.

Chris F.

Chris Forbes is the founder and editor of, a leading blog in the youth baseball space. As a lifelong baseball player, coach and fan, he decided to team up with his young son to offer advice and share their experiences with the sport they both love. Chris lives in the Boston area with his wife and three children.

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