How to Remove Mud Stains From Clothing

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How to Remove Mud Stains From Clothing. Sometimes you just can't avoid getting mud on your clothing, especially during wet or wintry weather. And kids--well, they seem to go out of their way to get muddy. However, a little elbow grease and the right laundry products will give you a good chance of removing those pesky mud stains from your clothing.

Items you will need

  • Liquid laundry detergent
  • Fabric stain treatment spray
  • Hand-held vacuum cleaner
Step 1

Remove the stained article of clothing and hang it up, allowing the mud stain to dry.

Step 2

Use a hand-held vacuum to go over the mud stain once it's dried. First, shake the article of clothing to eject as much of the dry mud as possible. Then, suck up whatever other loose mud can be removed using the vacuum.

Step 3

Fill a laundry tub or a sink with water.

Step 4

Apply a commercial laundry stain removal product, or enough liquid detergent to cover the mud stain fully. Let the detergent soak into the fabric for at least 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 5

Place the soiled article of clothing into the laundry tub or sink. Let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes.

Step 6

Use a laundry brush or your fingers to scrub the mud stains out from the fabric manually. Don't worry if you can't get it all the first time. Just remove as much as you can loosen.

Step 7

Continue to soak the fabric, scrubbing manually every 5 minutes or so. If the stain isn't too bad, you'll be able to repeat this until it's come out more or less completely. If it's a bad one, stop when you can no longer improve the condition of the stain yourself.

Step 8

Remove the article of clothing from water, apply more stain treatment spray and let it hang for about 15 minutes.

Step 9

Run the clothing through your washing machine, using liquid detergent and following the directions given on the clothing's care label.

Step 10

Go back to soaking and scrubbing the stains out manually, if they survived the washing machine. Scrub out as much as you can, spray it with stain treatment, hang it and wash it again. Repeat until the stain is gone.


  • If your initial attempts to remove the mud are unsuccessful, let the stained clothing soak in water overnight before you try again.


  • If you try to wipe off a fresh mud stain using a cloth or towel, you'll only grind it deeper into the fabric. Avoid the temptation to do this. Luxury and synthetic fabrics such as rayon, silk and velvet should only be treated professionally by a dry cleaner.

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  • Mark May

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