Skip to Content

6 ways to get out school uniform stains

6 ways to get out school uniform stains

The sign of a good day at school is school clothes covered in stains – from art class, the playground, the lunchroom. As parents we know this. As the people in charge of laundry, all we can do is cope. We asked parents for their top tips in tackling school uniform stains — dealing with the messiest, muckiest stains their kids dish out in the #ACEforSchool Challenge and they provided insight as only experts can. 

girl kicking leaves on BritMums

Learn how to cope with every stain they throw your way. Picture: The Epileptic Blogger


Here, the top tips for dealing with the toughest school uniform stains, from the people who know: parents

1. Appreciate that stains mean your child is drawing, playing, eating well and having fun at school

“There is no point in trying to stop them getting lathered in paint, dirt and food,” says Accidental Hipster Mum. “I’ve found the most sanity-saving way to deal with dirty uniforms is to take a very Zen approach and calmly accept that stains happen.” Or as Adventures in Websterland says, “Kids are meant to get messy and have fun while doing so.” 

2. Understand your foe

The ACE Stain Helper gives advice on how to tackle whatever stains come your way from ketchup to curry to grass to paint. Go to the Stain Helper now for tips on your toughest enemies. 

muddy trousers on BritMums

Just a regular day at the office. Pic: Ready Freddie Go


3. Plan to wash clothes as soon as possible

The quicker you act, the less time stains have to set and are more likely to vanish completely with washing. Rachel Jess has a solution when she doesn’t have enough for a full load. “We now have midweek soaks. To keep my son’s shirts white, I now soak the shirts in the biggest saucepan I have, because let’s face it, I’m never going to cook in something that large!”

4. Pre-treat stains with a pump action spray

Allow clothes to soak in before throwing in the washer. “A quick spray before your wash on the stain should lift it,” says Glossytots. Depending on the stain, “if it’s more stubborn or really dried in then I wet the stain under the hot tap so it’s saturated, spray on the ACE trigger spray (both sides) and let it work its magic for about ten minutes before washing in my usual way,” advises ReadyFreddieGo

woman spraying clothing to wash on BritMums

Glossytots gives stains what-for with a pre-wash spray

5. Keep colours and whites bright by using colour-safe stain removers

“James’ school uniform is a coloured jumper, grey trousers and a white polo shirt,” says “I have to question if the person who came up with this uniform has 1, ever done their own washing, and 2, ever had a child…I feel that mixing the colours in with the whites is asking for trouble, or at least asking for grim grey polo tops.”  “I love how you are able to use these products on coloured clothes without worrying that the product might end up bleaching the clothes,” says The Epileptic Blogger

6. Don’t forget about germs

Getting clothes, especially gym kit, clean and sweet-smelling means also killing germs. ACE for Colours cleans hygienically, which leaves clothes smelling fresh.

Before and after shirts on Britmums

Before and after: Tomato sauce from lunch gets seen off by Accidental Hipster Mum

The #ACEforSchool Challenge is sponsored by ACE. With ACE for Colours and ACE Stain Remover Spray, you can deal with the never-ending school laundry pile easily. ACE for Colours gently removes stains and keeps colours bright. ACE Stain Remover Spray tackles grease and germs along with stubborn stains. And because you can use it every day, ACE keeps garments fresh and clean, meaning they last longer. As parents, we can get school clothes, sports kit and play clothes clean and ready for every colourful back-to-school adventure.

#ACEforSchool Challenge is sponsored by ACE. Get help for all kinds of stains with the ACE Stain Helper. or to buy head to your local Tesco’s, Morrison’s, Waitrose or Sainsbury’s. This post is part of the paid #ACEforSchool campaign.

6 ways to get out school uniform stains - how to get tough stains out of clothes, and out of white clothes Pin it for later: 6 ways to get out school uniform stains – how to get tough stains out of clothes, and out of white clothes

About Jennifer Howze

Jennifer Howze is the Creative Director and co-founder of BritMums. She blogs about family travel at, tweets at @JHowze and Instagrams at @JHowze. Previously, she wrote the Alpha Mummy blog at The Times and as a journalist has contributed to The Times, The Guardian, The Independent, The Wall Street Journal, Travel & Leisure, Budget Travel,, Allure, SELF and Premiere, among others. She won The Maggie Award from the Planned Parenthood Federation of America for a health article in Seventeen magazine.

cintas uniform services

Thursday 30th of May 2019

Cleaning clothes as soon as it gets dirty is the best way to remove stains earliest in the right manner as after that it gets impossible to remove stain for long besides that there are solutions available to remove stains quickly but all are harmful which makes clothes weak.

Comments are closed.