Tips for Removing Blood Stains
When I was growing up, I was quite a tom-boy and was always running somewhere; biking, climbing, you name it.
Of course, I sometimes tripped over things including my own two feet. I’d be covered in blood weekly!
My POOR MOM!
After having 3 children (2 grown daughters and an 11 year old son), I've removed more than 100 blood stains and I'd say that qualifies me as a stain removal expert.
People spend millions of dollars each year on commercial stain removers unnecessarily. Don't let that be you!
The truth is that old fashioned, tried and true remedies do the trick to remove blood stains on all the items below without having to use costly chemicals:
- Mattress or other bedding
- Other furniture
- Towels and washcloths
The good news is, I can help you with your blood stains and you can become an expert stain remover too!
So are you ready then? Let's get busy cleaning!
How to Remove Blood Stains
Important Facts to Remember:
1. Time is of the essence. It is always best to try to get the stain out before it dries and sets into the fabric. Dried blood stains are tougher to remove out than fresh blood.
2. Always work to remove the blood stain with COLD, COLD, COLD water. Got that? HOT water will COOK the blood. The iron and hemoglobin (the red part) in the blood will bind to the fabric fibers when heated and then we have a REAL PROBLEM.
3. Treat your garment or fabric gently. Let the cleaning solution go to work on the stain. Harsh treatment will only damage the fabric and won't help to remove the blood stain at all.
Homemade Blood Stain Remover:
My mother got ALL of the blood out of my clothing using this method. The beauty of using ice cubes, shampoo and salt is that it removes both old and new blood stains.
You will need:
- 2 Tbs. table salt
- 1 Tbs. shampoo or dish soap
- Cold water
Removing OLD and NEW Blood Stains from Regular Fabric:
Turn the garment inside out before working on it. Never try to remove a stain any other way. The object is to get the blood out of the fabric, not to force it deeper into the garment.
This stain removal method will work quickly and easily to save your clothing:
- Let the tap run to get the water really cold.
- Flush as much of the blood out of the clothing by holding it under the running faucet. This could take several minutes for older blood stains.
- Close the stopper in the sink and fill the basin with cold water.
- Put the garment in to soak for 15 minutes.
- Remove the garment from the basin and wring out as much water that you can.
- Using a circular motion rub one tablespoon of salt onto the stained area.
- Without rinsing the salt add some shampoo onto the stain and work it in well.
- When it starts lathering add the other spoonful of salt.
- Work the salt and shampoo combination into the fabric.
- Rinse the garment thoroughly with cold water.
- Wash and dry as usual
Removing OLD and NEW Blood Stains from Delicate Fabrics:
This is a great cleaning tip to remove blood and avoid using harsh chemicals on delicate fabrics:
- Soak the stained garment in cold water for 10 minutes to half an hour.
- You can pre-treat the stain by dabbing it with shampoo or bubble bath but this usually isn’t needed if the stain is fresh.
- After soaking, pour some washing soda (baking soda or liquid soda crystals) onto the stain and scrub with a nailbrush. This should totally remove the stain.
- Wash the garment as you normally would in the washing machine.
Removing Blood Stains in a Hurry:
Here is a great technique for when you need to remove blood stains in a hurry or on the go:
- Take two sheets of paper towels (the thicker the better).
- Place one of the sheets underneath the stained area.
- Take the other sheet and soak it in water.
- Place the wet sheet on top of the stained area and apply pressure.
- The water will pass though the blood stained area and be absorbed by the dry sheet that you placed underneath the stain.
Additional Blood Stain Cleaning Tips
- Windex: Spray Windex window cleaner on the stain before laundering. Lightly scrub window cleaner into fabric with an old toothbrush. Launder with regular detergent. If heavily stained, repeat the process again before drying garment.
- Hydrogen Peroxide: You can instantly remove blood from clothing by pouring hydrogen peroxide directly onto the clothing. This is used often in the veterinary and medical fields. Wash and dry as usual. This method works best on fresh stains.
- Denture Cleaner: Soak the bloodstain in a bowl of water with an effervescent denture cleanser tablet for about 15-60 minutes. Then wash as usual.
- Lava Soap: You can try using a bar of Lava soap. Just rub it on under running water a few times, and then use a stain remover like Shout. Wait for 20 minutes or so. Put it in the washer and the stain should be gone. Recommended for khakis and jeans because it won’t take the color from the fabric.
- Meat Tenderizer: Moisten the blood stain with cool water. Next, apply and rub in unflavored meat tenderizer to the stain, let this sit overnight, rinse with ammonia water, then launder as usual.
- Saliva: Try spitting on the blood stain and then putting it in a cold wash. There is an enzyme in that saliva that helps break up your own blood. Treat the stain as soon as possible for the best results.
- Lemon Juice: Pour lemon juice over the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Then use a laundry pre-treatment spray or stick. Rinse it out in lukewarm to cool water. Repeat as many times as necessary.
Now that wasn't so bad, was it? Now you have all the tips and tricks to be an expert blood stain remover too. Cold water and speed is the key.
Next time you have stubborn stains, you can get right on it. Great job!
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