How to Remove Grass Stains From a Wedding Dress

You spend an outrageous amount of money on a dress you only wear once, and once the wedding's done, you're faced with a high dry cleaning bill on top of everything else. No matter how careful you are, it's easy to get stains on your wedding gown, and among the worst of them is grass. Wedding dresses are often made of delicate fabrics, which can make stain removal tricky. Here are some tips for grass stain removal that might help you keep that chunk of change in your pocket.

Try an oxygen-based cleaner. This works very well for dresses made of polyester satin as well as natural materials. Add a scoop of the cleaning powder to a spray bottle of warm water and mix with a straw or spoon--don't shake. Allow it to soak in for the amount of time suggested on the package.

Use Dryel, a stain remover for delicate clothing. Many brides have said that this product is the only one that could remove tough stains from their gown, even with a train covered in mud, without causing damage to the fabric. Dab on the liquid and rub it in with the absorbent pad that comes with it.

Mix white vinegar and bran together until it's the consistency of brown sugar. Brush it over the stains on a silk dress in a back-and-forth motion. Then, hand-wash just the soiled area with a very mild, dye-free baby shampoo in lukewarm water. Allow to hang dry in a draft-free area, preferably outside on a still day.

Dampen the stained area with lukewarm water. Pour sugar on top of it. Let it sit for an hour, then hand-wash in lukewarm water with baby shampoo.

Flush the area with isopropyl alcohol. Place a layer of cheesecloth on top and "tamp" (or tap) with a soft-bristled brush. Allow it to dry, then hand wash in lukewarm water with baby shampoo.