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How to Keep White Baseball Pants White

Updated on October 6, 2011

Grass Stains

Start with dry pants and use Spray 'n Wash - scrubbing the fabric together - let stand a couple minutes. If you have red clay stains continue on to the next step otherwise wash with detergent in hot water.

Red Clay Stains

First you need to decide if you want to remove the stains completely. There are two sides of pride here - to the other moms I can get the pants clean or look my son has been playing hard and he has the stains to prove it.

There are a couple ways to remove the red clay stains and I have used all of them. As I'm sure you know the sooner you start on the stain the better. Don't use a brush it will eventually wear a hole in the fabric. I never dry uniforms in the dryer except the socks - don't set the stains.

  1. The easiest method is to use a plumbing product called Iron Out - in the plumbing section at Walmart. You can use your washer or a bucket to soak the pants. I always use 2x the instructed amount and soak the pants overnight in HOT water. Beware this stuff is toxic, smells terrible and will rust metal zippers and snaps. Use this on WHITES only - other colors will fade. If Ican't get a stain out on the knees I'll use this method with a bucket and use a hanger to keep the zipper and snap out. I have even had success removing year old stains with this product. Wash with detergent in hot water.
  2. The cheapest method is to wet the pants and use a bar of Ivory soap - yes that kind you use in the bathtub. Lather it on the stains and start working those pants together. This requires some elbow grease - rinse and repeat as many times as needed. This works great on small stains or stubborn areas. I use this method for grey pants too. Wash with detergent in hot water.
  3. The combo method is to soak the pants in hot water & oxy clean. I put the washer on low and let it agitate then let it soak overnight. Once your kids get big the whole pant can be one big red stain and it just takes too long to hand scrub everything. If you have old white towels throw one or two in with the pants they need something to rub against while they agitate. In the morning I'll let the washer finish and then hand scrub with the Ivory soap as needed and wash again with detergent in hot water.


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    • cmstewart4 profile image

      cmstewart4 6 years ago from Madison, Alabama

      If your front loader has a soak or prewash setting than yes. I use the heavy wash and just stop it before it drains to soak - better washing action than the pre-wash.

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      Chasing Riley 6 years ago from Los Angeles

      I like your article. Do you think this will work with a front loading washer? I've tried to make peace with dirty baseball pants but maybe there's hope. :)

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      Marissa 6 years ago from United States

      This will be useful to me when my son starts baseball in the next year or two, so I'm going to bookmark it. Thanks for sharing, and welcome to HubPages! :)