Play Hard. Have Fun. Rinse. Repeat.
Mud is a fact of life in ultimate, and a regular wash cycle just doesn't quite do the trick on white jerseys after a weekend of big layouts on muddy fields.
If you're like us, and don't have a parent on hand with decades of experience in the art of stain and dinge removal, then you're probably playing in a grungy, discolored ultimate jersey. Well, here's your chance to become an expert! Use this handy guide to revive that original sparkle in in your white gear.
Special thanks to UGMO Ultimate and the Northside Engineer's Club of 2010. This is post relies heavily on their expertise!
BEFORE YOU READ ON, KNOW THIS
It takes a TON of water and some not-too-friendly chemicals to get your white jerseys back to their original pristine whiteness. A lot of people have asked us how to get our white jerseys white again, so we thought a blog post would be helpful to the community. To be honest though, we don't really advocate doing this very often, or at all really.
The following process is straight up bad for the world. If you ask us, we think a stained white jersey is a badge of honor telling the world you aren't afraid to lay out, but ultimately it's up to you.
If your whites just gotta be shiny white again (for prom, yearbook photos, graduation, etc.), follow the steps below. And don't forget to save some water by doing laundry with other members of your team!
Glad we cleared that up. Read on, playa :)
OxiClean. DO NOT USE BLEACH!
Stain-remover stick. We recommend the OxiClean Force Pre-Treater Gel.
Stain-removing spray. We recommend Resolve.
1. Soak it good
If there's actual mud and grime sticking to your gear, you need to soak it before you tackle to dingy color the mud will leave behind. Soak your grubby jersey in a sink filled with warm-hot water.
Massage it a bit and filter dirty water out/clean water in. This step should get most of the mud off the jersey, and leave you with just the stains.
2. Pour one out for billy Mays
Once you get to the point where the jersey isn't excessively dirtying the water, remove it and drain the sink. Get a new batch of hot water in there with the addition of one scoop of OxiClean powder.
Once the powder dissolves, throw in the jersey, massage it a bit, and let it sit for at least 5 minutes.
3. The big Guns
Throw the jersey in the washing machine by itself on the WARM setting. Washing on hot can damage screen printing ink over time, but washing with cold water can cause stains to set, which will make them even harder to remove.
4. Your Friend the Stain Stick
Immediately after the spin finishes, take your jersey out and apply your stain-remover stick to the remaining dirty areas before the stains have a chance to set in.
Rub the jersey vigorously like it's a teammate's beard and Nationals depends on it! You want to get that gel all up in the jersey and deep into those stains.
Take your stain-removing spray and apply it to the dirty areas. Let it sit for a while (10-30 minutes should do the trick).
5. Back to the Big Guns
Round two in the washing machine! After the cycle finishes, the jersey should be back to pristine condition. If there are still some dirt spots, repeat steps 4 and 5 until it's completely clean.
- DO NOT USE BLEACH unless you want to ruin your favorite jersey.
- Time is of the essence. The sooner you go from dirty field to washing, the better off you'll be.
- You should to this blog!
OVER TO YOU
Do you have any tried-and-true solutions to keeping your whites shiny and bright? Share with us below!