Wondering how to remove blood from your clothes? These methods will remove blood stains while avoiding shrinkage, color loss, and changes to texture or finish.
Sometimes accidents do occur. Whether you’ve cut yourself shaving, had a kitchen accident, or bled through your pants on your period, it’s not uncommon to get blood on your clothes. While blood stains may look intense, it is possible to remove them from clothes. You just need some patience and the right materials.
Removing Blood Stains: What You’ll Need
Before you get started, consider which fabric you are using and the size of the stain. Certain fabrics, like silk or mohair, might be too sensitive for this blood removal method, and some stains are too large to ever get rid of completely.
- Old toothbrush or cleaning brush
- Hydrogen peroxide and/or white vinegar
- Cloth or rag
- Laundry detergent
How To Remove Blood From Clothes and Textiles
It’s important to act quickly to keep blood stains from sticking. Follow these steps for best results:
- Remove any clotted blood that isn’t securely adhered to the cloth with an old toothbrush or cleaning brush.
- To loosen and dissolve the blood, rinse the area with cold water from the rear of the stain. Then turn and rinse through the top of the stain. This will help remove the blood without further forcing blood particles into the garment’s fibers.
- Soak the cloth in cold water for 10-60 minutes to dissolve any remaining blood. Soak just the afflicted area, and change the water if it starts to get pink to prevent the stain from spreading.
- To remove the remaining stain, rinse the cloth with hydrogen peroxide or wipe with a peroxide-soaked rag (for whites), or use the same method with white vinegar (for dark colors).
- If the stain still remains, use liquid laundry detergent to massage it gently into the fibers with a soft toothbrush. Scrubbing with abrasive movements can rip or damage delicate fabrics.
- Rinse the affected area thoroughly and look for any residual bloodstains. Repeat the spot treatment as needed until the stain is entirely gone.
- Launder or clean the cloth as directed by the manufacturer.
This approach should be successful for most dried blood stains.
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