Getting blood stains on your clothes or bed sheets at least once in your lifetime is almost an inevitability. I mean, we are all human, aren’t we? Although this reality is a much more common occurrence for women than it is for men because of their periods, nose bleeds and other accidents occur all too often to completely ignore the possibility, no matter who you are.
The great news is that removing these stains is not as daunting a task as it may seem. Blood stains are actually some of the easiest to remove when compared to other stains from common spills and accidents. In this article, we’ll look at the steps needed to get blood stains out of clothing and sheets, including the dried-up stains. We’ll also look at useful tips to keep in mind during the process.
5 Steps To Remove Blood Stains From Clothes And Sheets
As with all other stains, it’s important to act as quickly as possible so that the blood stain is easier to remove. Follow these 5 steps to get your clothes restored to their original condition:
- Check the laundry label on your item of clothing or sheet to ensure the removal steps below will not ruin it.
- Use only cold water throughout the entire process. Warm water could cause the blood stain to set in even more.
- Dab the stained area with a wet sponge or cloth to remove as much blood as possible.
- Rub the stain with a block of ice before soaking the material in cold water.
- Apply hydrogen peroxide to the stain. Scrubbing the stain with bar soap in cold water will also work for this step.
- Apply a liquid laundry detergent to the stain before washing it in cold water and bleach that’s fabric-safe if needed. You can also hand wash if need be.
- Allow your clothing or sheets to air dry. If you prefer to use the dryer, make sure the stain is completely gone before doing this.
5 Steps To Remove Dried Blood Stains From Clothes And Sheets
It’s not a train smash if you only notice a blood stain after it’s had a longer time to dry and set in. The process to get the stains out will just differ slightly, but the end result is still possible using these 5 steps:
- Remove as much of the dried blood as possible with a wet sponge or cloth.
- Soak the stained clothing or sheet in cold water with a teaspoon of stain remover or laundry detergent mixed in, for a couple of hours.
- Rub some bar soap into the stain before washing it as normal in a machine cycle using cold water. Use fabric-safe bleach if need be.
- If the stain is still visible you can repeat the steps above, or even try rubbing some baking soda on it with a toothbrush.
- Throw your clothing or sheets in the dryer (making sure the stain is completely gone before doing this), or allow them to air dry.
Now that you are well-versed in removing blood stains from your clothes, hopefully seeing them won’t cause as much of a shock. Remember, we are all human so share this knowledge with friends and family to save their favourite item of clothing from any possible stains.