In Texas we have a mixture of everything on the fields. I just spray Tilex on the pants, throw them in the wash with oxy xlean and turn on the hot water. Learned this Tilex trick when my husband played softball and then carried it over to my sons white pants. If you are a catchers mom or dad you learn just how quickly they can get dirty.
I have been coaching a long time and I have tried every combo. possible. The best/easiest thing I have found is....soak them in 'Lever Pro' overnight and send them through the wash as normal. Will get an occasional spot that has to have a little stain remover and sent back through the wash.
For me, it seems that if I get them in the wash as soon as he gets home, they come clean. I always use oxyclean in the wash and felsnaphta (?spelling) on the really dirty areas, blood, before I throw them in.
Originally posted by FutureBack.Mom:
hsbsblfan ...
on the really dirty areas, blood,

Glad my son never competed against your son ... boxing

Hahahahahaha. I needed that laugh, thanks.
Yahoo, I finally found Fels Nathpa. I was looking in with the laundry detergent and it was with the bar soap. I am always excited to find something new to clean baseball uniforms with. Now if my sewing skills were better to mend the holes in the pants. I will work on it along with my cooking skills sometime soon. (Baseball season, lots of pizza).
Well, thanks ladies (and a few brave gentlemen)! I have tried the Fels Naptha and am pleasantly surprised. I also use Shout and Tide and wash them in HOT water. My son also gets really dirty (and bloody too sometimes!) and this combo works great on our Mid Missouri dirt.
THANKS ladies!!!!

My son had a tourney this past weekend and one of the fields had wet red clay. Since my son is not a "passive" player, the previously white uni came home a nice shade of reddish orange. We're not talking about a spot or two either.....ALL down both legs; front, back, seat, sides. We're talking RED / ORANGE. Some on the jersey but not so bad.

So my wife is stressing out on how to get these things somewhat clean again. Here's basically what happened:

1) We get home from the tourney around 11:30 pm or so and I start SCRUBBING them with a brush to get the loose stuff off. This took a good hour or so.

2) Per her instructions, I soak overnight in OxyClean.

3) She sees that did little then takes over and proceeds to rinse then soak in Clorox.

4) Seeing it hardly dented the "stain", she rinses and soaks them again.

5) Still not working she asks another team mom for advice and then adds Lestoil.

6) Still not budging she combines Lestoil AND Clorox...and gags on the fumes enveloping our house.

7) STILL no luck, I remember this weird named soap. So when she calls proclaiming she's about to blow a gasket I say "See if you can find a soap called Fels Naptha". She does and when I get home I open the bar, rub it on the "spot" let it set for the prescribed minute then threw them in the washer for another cycle.

She came running upstairs..."YOU'RE NOT going to believe this but....."

TADA!!! They were sparkling white as if we'd just bought them.

So thanks so much for the help!
And I said I couldn't find Fels Naptha here in town, low and behold I was in the Mast General Store, and there it was!!

So anyone from the Asheville NC area that is still reading and/or looking, there you go!

I haven't had to wash uniforms in awhile, and having pitchers, it really wasn't that bad, but SON will have some summer pants to deal with!
Can you soak pants that are white with blue piping down the sides and around the belt tunnels? Or does it run if you soak it? What about tops, can you soak those as well? Just trying to have a plan of attack when the spring gets here so I can best get my teams laundry done and not stay at school until midnight every game night.
My sons summer league pants had blue piping and I soaked them without a problem. I agree that the Fels Naptha stuff works the best
Brian, I never had any problem soaking pants with a stripe down the side or pin striped pants. I did once soak a travel ball jersey in "iron out" which I had washed in that before. However, soaking the shirt turned it from a gold to a canary yellow which didn't make him very happy!! What was really bad was that he had a teammate staying with us that weekend, so there were two yellow "birdies" on the field! Eek Ooops!!
For some reason, whatever they are made of, the pants always hold up better than the shirts. And I agree that the rubbing with the Fells naptha does a good job.
And BTW, his shirt clearly states his name is PHIL, I am not sure what PHIL was up to, but he sure looks happy about it.
Went All Natural, eh? How did that work out for ya?
Bet your tighty-whiteys were not all that white...Herbs?? How did they taste would be the more appropriate query?
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ESPRO SPORTS CLEANER is the best thing I have ever found to get out grass, red clay, mud, blood, field paint, you name it. Smells great and is environmentally friendly too. Very reasonably priced - sold at Hibbett Sports, Academy Sports and other sporting goods stores.

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