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23 Jun 17

Don’t Let Stains Dampen your Fun during National Picnic Week

It’s time to dig out your blankets and baskets from the back of your cupboards as this week is National Picnic Week (16th– 25th June). There’s nothing quite like a British picnic when the sun is shining; throwing down a rug, pulling out some sausage rolls and spending quality time with friends and family all whilst enjoying the great outdoors. And what better excuse do you need in this warm weather!

Now we know picnics can be great fun, rolling around the grass and getting stuck in to a quick game of rounders or cricket, but with all that pleasure we have to expect a teeny, tiny bit of pain – grass stains!

Whilst we cannot control if the sun shines or if it pours with rain – after all it is the UK – what we can do is give you some top tips to help remove those stubborn stains, so you can join in with National Picnic Week.

It’s all right to wear white

Don’t worry about the colours that you wear when venturing out into the garden or the park, if you want to wear all white from head to toe then do it. There is no need to dress in dark colours to hide the inevitable!

The same goes for little ones too. As the temperatures start to rise and the sun shines, bright colours should be the shade of choice, so don’t let the thought of a grassy, muddy mess put you off.

Roll, jump and play

Kids love nothing more than rolling around the grass, climbing trees and playing – our advice is let kids be kids! As the responsible adult, you will probably grimace and wonder how you will ever get their clothes clean again, but we would encourage you to join in the fun too. And here’s why.

Thank goodness for Oxy

Thanks to our Oxy Plus Stain Remover and Fabric Stain Remover you can have all the fun during National Picnic Week without having to hang your head in your hands at the first sight of a grass stain.

Like other stain removing products on the market, these two handy products will remove grime but will also leave you with pennies in your piggy bank for a nice cooling ice cream.

Give grass stains the elbow

Grass stains can be difficult to remove if they are not treated as soon as possible. Make sure you work from the inside out as this helps to lift the stain off the fabric.

Spot a stain whilst out and about? Try and dampen the stain with some water until you get home. Top tip: Don’t rub grass stains as there is a high chance you will spread the stain further.

Hit the wash

As the grass stains consist of a dye from the chlorophyll of the plants, they can be a headache to remove through normal washing.

The best way to treat a grass stain will depend on the item of clothing and whether it is machine washable, so make sure you check the label first.

For machine washable clothes:

  1. Rinse the stain area with cold water to remove any excess mud or dirt.
  2. Use our Fabric Stain Remover as a laundry pre-wash. Spray onto both sides of the fabric where the stain is and for light staining, leave for 10 minutes.
  3. Rinse with cool water, from the back of the stain, until the water runs clear.
  4. If the stain has been removed, wash as normal as soon as possible using one of our Non-Bio Laundry Liquid. There’s three varieties to pick from including Lavender and Ylang Ylang, Jasmine and Orange, and Peony and Magnolia.
  5. If the stain is still visible, repeat as above before washing. You may also need to consider our Oxy Plus Stain Remover for heavier soiled items.

For filthy animals

For really mucky stuff bring out the big guns and turn your attention to our Oxy Plus Stain Remover. Our most powerful oxygen based cleaning agent will effectively remove stubborn stains and eliminate any green grass grief.


There are several options for soaking depending on how difficult you think it will be to get the stains out of your garments. For spot cleaning 1 scoop per litre of water will be fine, for stubborn grime then it’s best to use two. Soak the items for up to an hour and then put them through your usual wash and you should find that they come out without a trace of the fun you’ve had.

When you know there is little hope left then the best thing to do is to soak each area. Simply make a paste using 1 scoop and a little water.  Then add that solution to the marked areas and leave for 30 minutes. Rinse and allow to dry before putting through a normal wash.

With Astonish you can say so long to the hassle of removing grass stains and enjoy a scrumptious picnic in the park to celebrate this national week in the sunny weather!

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