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Best Way to Clean White Softball and Baseball Pants (For $1!)

White softball pants. My biggest nightmare. Until I found the best way to clean white softball (and baseball) pants, and it only cost $1!  I was shocked at how easy it was to clean white softball pants with Zote soap. I did an experiment of Zote soap versus Fels-Naptha soap. Fels-Naptha seemed to be what the baseball moms recommended. Here’s the best way to clean softball pants for around $1!

Best way to clean softball pants

The Best Way to Remove Stains From White Softball Pants

Zote is a Mexican bar soap that is pink and apparently is magic. It was recommended to me by another softball mom. I definitely recommend using Zote to remove stains from softball and baseball pants quickly and on a budget. After letting these pants sit for 3 days without treating them (sorry, we got busy), I didn’t think anything was going to get out the dirt stains from my daughter’s softball pants.

How to clean white softball pants.

One friend recommended using Fels-Naptha with a little Borax to clean baseball pants. When I went to Walmart, they were out of Borax, so I decided to try a different soap on each leg for an experiment.

How to Clean Softball Pants

1. Brush off as much dirt as you can. We didn’t do this, but it’s probably wise. 

2. Soak the pants for about 10-15 minutes in water if you have the time. 

Instructions on removing stains from softball pants

3. Scrub Zote soap against the pant and run water over to create a lather. Once you get that lather, scrub the pants against each other, and you’ll see the stain start to lift.

Lather Zote Soap to clean softball pants

4. After the stains are removed, wash in the washing machine. They don’t all have to be completely out, but you’ll notice if you keep scrubbing, the stains will start to come out. You can rinse the soap off in the sink, too, before putting in the washing machine.

Zote Soap versus Fels-Naptha Soap: Which is Better?

Zote Soap for softball pants

Fels Naptha Soap to clean Baseball Pants

In this instance, Zote was so much better and gave instant results. It was a little unfair when I used Zote on the leg that was cleaner, but it pretty much removed all of the stains and left a little residue.

When I used the Fels-Naptha soap on the softball pants, and scrubbed just like the instructions above, this was what was left.

Pants cleaned with Fels Naptha Soap

Fels-Naptha did get a bunch of dirt off, but it wasn’t as impressive as the Zote. So then I used the Zote soap in the same spot on the same leg to see if it could remove more stains from the softball pants.

Pants cleaned with Zote soap

It was a big difference! Then I washed the softball pants in the washing machine (Tide Detergent) and this was the result without having dried the pants.

Clean white softball pants

This was the best and most inexpensive way to clean white softball pants, and it was super easy! I found Zote soap at Walmart in the laundry detergent aisle for about $1. Yes, that’s one dollar. I scrubbed that pants for maybe a total of 3 minutes, and I’m thrilled with the results. I guess I can let go of my grudge against white softball pants now.

How to Clean White Softball Pants


Sunday 22nd of May 2022

Is the white bar the same as the pink bar? They were out of pink so I got the white one.


Sunday 22nd of May 2022

I’m not sure. They don’t have the white bar where I live, so I haven’t been able to test it! If you try it please let me know :)

Joseph M Stacy

Sunday 20th of February 2022

You may not believe this but as I read this. My wife is using those products she is from the Philippines.I play softball and yes my pants and my shorts are white white. Also to other products products I may suggest. Put some baking soda or a product called Awesome on the stains.

Kelli Mejia

Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

Thank you so much!!! Going to buy some asap!!!


Tuesday 22nd of June 2021

It's worked wonders for us!


Thursday 8th of October 2020

I'm buying Zote tonight! Thanks!


Thursday 8th of October 2020

Yay! Let me know if you have any questions.