How to Get Mud Stains Out of Clothes

by M.H. Dyer ; Updated September 28, 2017

All parents know that a good mud puddle is a hard thing to resist. Unfortunately, the mud stains that can result can be stubborn and difficult to remove from clothing, but there are ways to return the affected garment to normal. Be sure that the mud stain is removed before you put the garment in the dryer, or it will set in and be even more difficult to deal with.

Allow the mud to dry completely before you attempt to remove the mud stain. Once the mud has dried, brush it off with a soft brush.

Put some laundry detergent in a bowl, and add a few drops of ammonia. Stir in enough water to make a thick paste. Rub the paste into the mud stain and let it sit for 10 minutes. If your laundry detergent has bleach, omit the ammonia.

Wash the garment in warm water, and check immediately to see if the stain is gone. If not, pour rubbing alcohol through the stain, and rinse the garment with cool water.


  • Before you treat the mud stain, it’s important to be sure the garment is colorfast. Put a small amount of the detergent mixture in a hidden area, such as the inside of a hem, and leave it for at least 5 minutes. If the color hasn’t changed or faded, it’s safe to treat the stain.

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About the Author

M.H. Dyer began her writing career as a staff writer at a community newspaper and is now a full-time commercial writer. She writes about a variety of topics, with a focus on sustainable, pesticide- and herbicide-free gardening. She is an Oregon State University Master Gardener and Master Naturalist and holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative nonfiction writing.