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  • Writer's pictureKirsten Smith

How to Clean a Baseball Uniform Like a Pro

From the crack of the bat to the cheers of the crowd, baseball season is something I look forward to every year! Still, amidst all the glory, excitement, and camaraderie, there's one inevitable headache that every player, coach, and parent must confront: the dirty baseball uniform.

As a Little League parent and an enthusiast of the game myself, I know just how hard it is to get your kid's uniform clean again. Over the years, I've become some what of an expert at tackling stubborn grass, mud, and sweat stains.

To help you with this task, I'll be sharing my own tips and tricks on how to best clean a baseball uniform. I'll also go over some key cleaning products that will make cleaning a lot easier for you. This way you can keep your kids looking sharp and get their uniforms ready for their next big game!

Best Products For Cleaning Baseball Uniforms:

1. OxiClean

The first cleaning product I recommend using is OxiClean. If you're not already familiar with this household superhero, it's a powerful stain remover that can tackle many different stains, from chocolate ice cream smears to the toughest grass and mud marks. OxiClean uses the power of oxygen to break down stains, making it especially effective on protein-based ones, like mud and grass.

To use OxiClean on a baseball uniform, start by filling a bucket or your sink with warm water. Follow the instructions on the OxiClean container to determine the right amount of powder to add. Stir the solution until it's well-mixed, then submerge the uniform fully.

Make sure that you let it soak for at least 30 minutes. In some cases, you might need to soak clothes for even longer, especially if there are more stubborn stains. After soaking, wash the uniform as usual, and you'll be amazed at the results!

2. Fels-Naptha Soap

Fels-Naptha soap is a classic cleaning product that works like a charm on dirty baseball uniforms. It’s one of my go-to cleaning tools for my kids' uniforms and other tough-to-clean clothes. In fact, this old-school laundry soap has been around for over a century and is known for its effectiveness against greasy stains, such as grass and oil!

You can find this product in most grocery stores in the laundry aisle for under three dollars and it makes cleaning super easy! When using Fels-Naptha soap, I suggest dampening the stained area of the uniform and then rubbing the soap directly onto the stain. Use a soft-bristle brush to gently scrub any blemishes. Let it sit for a few minutes, and then wash the uniform how you normally would. The combination of Fels-Naptha soap and a little elbow grease can work wonders on even the most stubborn stains.

3. White Vinegar

Baseball uniforms can get pretty funky, especially during those hot summer games. That's where white vinegar comes in. It’s a real game-changer for smelly uniforms. Not only does it help remove bad odors, but it also brightens colors and helps break down tough stains.

I usually add about half a cup of diluted white vinegar to my washing machine's fabric softener dispenser when I wash uniforms. The vinegar will help to neutralize odors and give your uniform that fresh, clean scent you've been missing. If you want to get rid of a specific stain, you can even mix a tablespoon of laundry detergent and white vinegar and let it sit on the stain for thirty minutes.

4. Baking Soda

Baking soda is one of the most versatile cleaning tools in your laundry room. It can tackle a wide range of tasks, from brightening whites to softening fabrics and, yes, even helping with stain removal on baseball uniforms. For particularly stubborn stains, I like creating a baking soda paste.

Mix a few tablespoons of baking soda with enough water to make the paste thick enough. Apply the paste to the stained area and gently rub it in with a soft brush or cloth. Allow it to sit for around 15-20 minutes before washing the uniform as usual. Baking soda is gentle on fabrics but tough on stains, making it a valuable addition to your uniform-cleaning lineup!

5. Pre-Treat Stain Removers

Sometimes, you need a cleaning product with a little more power. That's where pre-treat stain removers come into play. These commercial stain removers are specifically designed to target and lift stains from fabric. There are tons of great products that can help with baseball uniforms, but I personally like to use Shout, OxyClean Maxforce, or Tide Stain Remover.

Follow the instructions on the product label to apply the pre-treat stain remover to the affected areas of the uniform before washing. Most of these products work best when applied to dry fabric, so be sure to treat the stains before tossing the uniform into your washer!

6. Use Out Laundry Whitener

Finally, if you want to keep your kids' baseball uniforms extra clean, don’t forget to use a laundry whitener. Out is like a magic wand for mud stains, grass smudges, and other discolored regions of your kid's clothes. You can add a small scoop of this to your laundry load. Or add a half cup of this product to warm water and pre-soak baseball uniforms before you put them into your washing machine. This is one of my favorite cleaning tools on this list. It is safe for clothes, doesn’t bleach, and makes any fabric look extra fresh and white!

Final Thoughts on Cleaning Baseball Uniforms

Cleaning a baseball uniform can feel like a daunting task, especially after a long and muddy game. However, with the right products and a little knowledge, you can keep your kids looking their best every game!

So, next time you're faced with a dirty baseball uniform, remember these tips and products to ensure your player looks like a pro on the field. With a little effort and the right lineup of cleaning products, you'll be well on your way to victory over those tough stains. If you have any suggestions of your own, I’d love to hear from you in the comments below!

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