Just curious what you have found works best. Last night I washed a pair of Southlands 4 times. Twice with Shout, once with Zout (I think that's the name) and I let them soak in Bleach and Cascade overnight. Still stained.
Sorry to enter the ladies board, but the topic caught my eye. I do clean the white pants in the house and I use greased lightening. Spray it on then hang on fence or place on something hard then spray with garden hose. Then go about your regular wash. If this don't work try Iron Out. Soak pants in bucket with I/O and then wash.
I was getting ready to recommend Iron Out. I see Just Hit It beat me to it. I have used this for years. I add it to the load and let it soak overnight.
You do have to be careful with colors. I have used it on a couple of colors with success, but washed a gold Henley one year, of my sons and a teammate, and they had to wear canary yellow shirts the rest of the summer!
Best thing I have used is my mother's old standby, Fels-Naptha soap. Just get the pants really wet, then rub the soap over the stain and scrub. The best solution, of course, is to talk the coach into gray pants.
I'm going to admit (with some shame) that over the years, I used just a bit of Clorox in the wash with those white uni pants. About half the amount that I would normally use, and I never had a problem. Of course we didn't have as much problems with clay dirt out here as those of you from my home state of Virginia might have.... wish I had heard about Fels Naptha before now.
(Of course, anyone sporting an Anteater avatar HAS no shame, so please take that into consideration before going the bleach route).
Always get to a stain as soon as possible. If it's been in the dryer....you may be stuck with the stain.
Aerosol hairspray breaks up ballpoint ink very well.
I can't think of the name of the product line, but it's in the laundry aisle (oddly enough) and comes in tubes about 3" high. They're specifically formulated stain removal products, and I've found the ink ones to be very effective. If nobody else can supply the name, I'll check when I get home from work for you.
I have had the most luck with Cascade and hot water. I usually try to get to them as soon as we get home from a tournament, but once the pants were in the hamper for several days before I remembered. I sprayed with Shout, let them sit, then washed with Cascade and regular detergent in hot water and they were good as new. There have been times when they were so bad I thought that the dirt would never come out and the Cascade gets it out everytime.
What I have come to realize from all the years of washing dirty, rotten catchers pants is that it really depends on the type of water where you live that will determine what works best... here in MA I have very hard water so I use piping hot water, cascade and bleach....works like a charm...but when we traveled I couldn't seem to get his pants as clean as I could at home...also another factor....once those pants hit the drier it sets the stains...so best to line dry in the sun...I also have a good solution on how to dry pants ASAP when you need them real quick....drive down the highway with them blownin' in the wind....works like a charm
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