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How to Get Blood Out of Clothes Fast and Effectively

Filed in Articles by on June 17, 2021

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Wondering how to get blood out of clothes, sheets, or even a mattress? Sometimes accidents happen. Whether you cut yourself while cooking, shaving, period stains or any number of ways in the house, spilled blood can be a real pain in the neck.

How to Get Blood Out of Clothes

It’s messy, gross and stains everything it touches. Getting rid of it could be really very tricky and kind of difficult. Here, we have some tips on getting rid of them whether a fresh one or already dried.

Keep in mind that as blood dries, the stain sets in, so always clean it up quickly. Here are a few simple steps you can take to most effectively clean small blood stains out of your clothes.

How to Get Fresh Blood out of Clothes

If you notice fresh blood on your clothing from a cut, your period, or a scrape. It’s best to treat it right away. Well, after you’ve dealt with the injury, of course.

What You Need:

  • Sponge
  • Hydrogen peroxide or bar soap.
  • Pre-treatment or liquid laundry detergent.
  • Bleach

Step by Step Instructions

1.  Soak the stain in cold water immediately. You can even run it under cold water to rinse out as much of the stain as you can.

2. Soak a sponge in 3 percent hydrogen peroxide or use a bar soap to scrub the stain.

3. Apply a pre-treatment or a few drops of liquid laundry detergent to the stain.

4. Wash the stain in cold water with fabric-safe bleach. You can do this by hand or use your washing machine.

5. Air dry to check the stain is gone. If so, you can wash and dry is normal, but you don’t want to put the stained garment in the tumble dryer before you know the stain is definitely gone. Tumble dryers can actually set stains.

How to Get Dried Blood out of Clothes

If you notice a blood stain after it’s dried, you can still do your best to get it out. It might take a little extra work, but it is possible.

What You Need:

  • Sink or basin
  • Laundry detergent
  • Soap
  • Enzymatic cleaner

Step by Step Instructions

 1. Fill a basin with cool water.

2. Soak the stained item in the water for an hour to break up the stain

3. Wash in cool water, but air dry as the tumble dryer can set the stain.

4. If the stain remains, turn the fabric inside out. Scrub the stained area with soap and water. This is recommended on sturdy fabrics — like cotton or linen — not delicates. Turning the fabric inside out helps to break apart the stain from behind and pushing it out of the clothes.

5. If the blood stain is still there, try an enzymatic cleaner. This will biodegrade the dried blood stain.

6. After the stain is out, wash as normal

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Besides soap, laundry detergent, or a pre-treatment, there are some other options to remove blood stains from clothing. This include;

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a good option to try when removing blood stains. Make sure you use a 3 percent solution which is ideal for domestic duties, but not strong enough to bleach clothes. On that note, we don’t recommend it for darker colors in case it does result in color loss.

1. Soak a cloth or sponge in hydrogen peroxide.

2. Blot at the stained area.

3. Rinse under cold water.

4. Repeat until the blood stain is removed.

The reason this works so well is because of the chemical makeup of hydrogen peroxide. The bleaching agents in hydrogen peroxide break down the blood, removing the appearance of the stain.

Blood Out of Clothes

Vinegar

If you don’t have distilled white vinegar in your house, you’re really missing out. This stuff comes in handy for laundry, surface cleaning, and now, removing blood stains.

1. Vinegar is acidic which makes it great for household cleaning.

2. Pour vinegar directly onto the stain.

3. Leave it for 10 minutes.

4. Blot the area with a paper towel.

5. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Toothpaste

Toothpaste typically contains baking soda which has natural cleaning agents. So we suggest testing it on blood stains, too.

 1. Squeeze some onto the blood stain and let it dry.

2. Rinse it off with cold water.

3. Wash it in the machine with cold water. Or hand wash with some soap and cold water for delicates.

Alcohol

If you’re facing a super stubborn blood stain, try rubbing alcohol. Rubbing alcohol is used as a solvent for many purposes, making it super useful for breaking down stains.

1.  Add a few drops of the alcohol to a clean cloth.

2. Dab gently onto the blood stain.

3. Blot with a paper towel to soak up excess moisture.

4. Use a separate cloth to rub the stain. Start from the outside and work your way into the middle, going in circular motions.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is another great product to keep in your cupboard. It works — not just for baking, but for laundry and stain removal. Baking soda has natural cleaning and absorbent properties, making it a great choice for stain removal.   

1. Mix some baking soda together with water to make a paste.

2. Apply to the blood stain and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.

3. Launder the clothes in cold water and hopefully, the stain will be gone now!

OxiClean

You can say goodbye to your blood stains if you use OxiClean. This is a super versatile product that can be used on whites and colors. So it doesn’t matter what garment you find a blood stain on — OxiClean can tackle it.

1.  Mix it according to the package instructions in water.

2. Once it’s dissolved, add the stained garment to the mix.

3. Soak for between one to six hours, depending on how long the stain takes to disappear.

4. Wash as normal.

Other Options that Still Works

There are a few other things you could try if you’re stuck.

First, salt is a good option. You can just sprinkle it on the blood stain with some cold water and let it sit for about 10 minutes before washing it with cold water.

Lemon juice is also great for getting blood out of clothes. Squeeze it onto the garment — this works best with light colors — and blot with a paper towel until the stain disappears.

For fresh blood, you can actually rub the stain with an ice cube.In a few minutes, it should disappear.

Lastly, you can always try saliva. Weird, we know. But saliva actually contains a special enzyme called amylase that can break down starches and effectively clean the blood stain.

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