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How To Clean Red Dirt out of White Baseball Pants

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In my perfect world, baseball pants would only be sold in 3 colors…black, dark grey, and navy blue. However, someone who obviously is not in charge of laundry decided long ago that the ideal color for a uniform whose main purpose is to slide in red dirt is WHITE. Don’t get me wrong, I love white almost as much as all the Instagram posting interior designers, but I do not have the budget to buy a new pair of baseball pants every other week.

So, if you are feeling my pain, I have great news for you. My genius friend, Shelsea, a serious baseball mom introduced us all to something life changing…IRON OUT. It is a rust remover that does miraculous things for white baseball uniforms! Take 1/2 cup and a sink full of warm water and soak the pants for a few hours in the solution, then, throw the pants in the washer with your regular detergent, toss in 1/2 cup of the Iron Out and the results will thrill you, promise. The pants came out looking so beautiful!

You can get it on Amazon HERE or we have seen it at times at Home Depot or Lowe’s. Here are a few answers to the questions you might have.

  1. Is it supposed to smell like that? Yes. It smells pretty nasty, but the results are worth it.
  2. Does it bleach the other parts of the uniform? I have used it on white pants with a black stripe and my black stayed nice and dark. I have also used it on grey pants and had no problem with fading. However, I cannot speak to all colors or material, so be careful.
  3. Will it take out everything? It drastically improved the look of our pants. However, we have a few light red spots still because the stains were there before. I will now be vigilant about soaking after every game.
  4. Does it get out other stains? Hmmm, not really. For grass and food stains, I still spot treat with Shout or with the blue Dawn and hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle.
  5. Do you need to use bleach? The bottle warns against using with bleach or Oxy Clean, so I didn’t try it. If you do, let me know what happens, especially if it is exciting.
  6. Info from another Iron Out user: FYI don’t use it on uniform shirts – it can take the color out of logo’s (then you will have upset kiddo’s)! You can use bleach and Oxi if you need to.
  7. For the shirts, try Fels Naptha soap and scrub the stains, then soak in Oxy Clean before washing. Takes a little more elbow grease, but no risk of fading.

So, there you have it. Let’s Play Ball!

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6 thoughts on “How To Clean Red Dirt out of White Baseball Pants

  1. When you put it in the wash, after soaking, are you adding a fresh cup of 100% iron out or are you using 1/2 cup of the solution you soaked it in? I have struggled with getting our white baseball pants white for years since we have tons of iron in our clay!!!

    1. I use a new 1/2 cup of the Iron Out and just drain the stuff it had been soaking in. Let me know how it works for you Karen!

  2. Oh Brooke! Love you! FYI don’t use it on uniform shirts – it can take the color out of logo’s (then you will have upset kiddo’s)! You can use bleach and Oxi if you need to! I also never dry our baseball gear 🙂 Good luck baseball momma’s!

  3. Brook! you are such a Lovely girl. i use ariel to remove hard color on my sports cloths,
    most of the cases i use to dry up my cloths by leaving it in sun light

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