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Top Tips for Stain Removal on School Uniforms

Top Tips for Stain Removal on School Uniforms

A new year is the most exciting time for your little ones and part of learning means your little ones coming back home with a dirty uniform from time to time. 

Spend less time worrying about getting dirty and more time letting your children develop, while OMO takes care of the stains for you.


1. Grass Stains

As parents, you’re probably confronted with these stains often. Don’t fret when you see yet another garment with a green streak on it, OMO has got you covered.

 1. Remove any remaining grass.

2. Create a paste with OMO Hand Wash Powder and rub it into the grass stain and let it sit for about 10-15 minutes.

3. Then, take an old toothbrush or nailbrush (anything with bristles) and work the OMO Hand Wash Powder into the stain using gentle circular motions.

4. Pop the clothing into your washing machine on a cold wash, and you're done! 


2. Mud Stains

Come rain or shine, our little ones will find a way to track in those pesky mud stains, whether outside in the garden, or at school playing with friends. You can take care of them with OMO Hand Washing Powder. 

1. Let the mud dry, and flake or scrape off as much as you can.

2. Create a paste and pre-treat the stain with OMO Hand Washing Powder and let it sit for about 10 minutes.

3. For heavier stains, let it sit for at least an hour and use a brush to work the OMO Hand Washing Powder into the fibres on both sides of the stain.

4. Wash the item in warm water and check it before drying. Heat will set any mud that remains so repeat steps 1-3 if necessary. 


3. Crayon stains

For the budding little artists that proudly show off their work with big smiles on their faces.  

1. Remove the excess wax –  place the stain face down on a couple of paper towels, then iron with a hot iron on the back side of the stain.

2. Dampen the stain with warm water.

3. Using a brush, saturate the area with OMO detergent while working it into the fabric in circular motions.

4. Machine wash on the hottest wash safe for the fabric. 


4. Paint Stains

Kids love to paint – at home, at a friend’s house, art class or anywhere they can get their hands on some paint! 

Water-based Paint 

While the paint is still wet, rinse the item with warm water and work the paint out by rubbing it. The stain will be permanent if you let the paint dry, so act quickly!

Rinse thoroughly and pop into the washing machine for a Quick Wash.

Oil-based Paint (trickier and best kept far, far away from kids!)

Remove as much of the paint as possible by placing the stain face down on some paper towels and pouring the prescribed paint thinners through the fabric.

Pour some OMO Auto Liquid on to the area and pop into the washing machine for a Quick Wash.


5. Blood Stains

A disastrous stain that every parent silently dreads, is surprisingly easy to remove.  

1. Flush out the blood from the inside out with cold water.

2. Rub area with OMO Hand Wash with Comfort Freshness to help the garment smell wonderful again.

3. Wash the item on a quick cold wash.

4. Check it carefully before drying as heat sets stains and air-dry the uniform if possible. 


6. Chocolate Milk Stains

Food and drink stains are possibly two of the biggest challenges when it comes to cleaning school uniforms. Removing chocolate milk is tricky especially when it comes to light-coloured clothing. 

1. Rinse out as much of the chocolate milk as possible using cool running water.

2. Treat the stained area with OMO Gentle Hand Wash, then use a soft brush or sponge to gently work the product gently into the fabric.

3. Let it work for 30 to 45 minutes.

4. Rinse and repeat steps 1-3 if needed. 

5. Wash on a warm setting then dry as usual. 


7. Glue Stains

Removing glue from fabric might not be as bad as it seems. White PVC glues which are generally used at schools are water based. This means an easy clean-up for you and less time spent in the laundry room. 

1. Let the glue dry completely – trying to remove the glue while it’s still wet will just spread the glue out.

2. Once it’s dried, peel and scrape off as much glue as possible.

3. Soak the uniform in cold water (heat will set the glue) – overnight if possible.

4. Remove the garment from the water then rub in a generous amount of OMO Hand Washing Powder into the remaining stain.

5. Pop the uniform into the washing machine on a warm setting.