We’ve all been there: trying to balance bags, boxes, and bundles of toys in your arms, you miss a step and fall. Even after you dust yourself off and move on, there may be tell-tale signs of your spill, like blood stains on your sleeve or pant leg. Cleaning your wound – even a minor one – should always be your first concern, but it’s best to get rid of the blood on your clothes, especially if they’re still fresh.
All types of clothing – white blouses, blue jeans, dark colored dresses, etc. – require the same cleaning approach. Before trying to remove blood stains, check the care labels on your clothes to make sure that bleach (the stain resistant MVP) does not fade or mar the fabric. Always use the care instructions as a guide, but in most cases bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, spandex, and undyed colors is not recommended.
If you’re dealing with a type of fabric that bleaches well, follow this guide on how to remove blood from clothing by Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab. While you might be curious to try home cleaning remedies to banish stains, like vinegar, baking soda, or toothpaste, Forte says it’s best to stick with proven products that still work. and again, whether you are handling fresh produce or dried blood stains.
How to get blood out of clothes
Like most other stains, blood is easier to remove when fresh. As soon as you notice blood on your clothes, head to your medicine cabinet and laundry room to pick up some supplies, then get to work by following this handy guide.
- Soak the stain in cold water as quickly as possible. If the stain is super cool, place it under cold running water to remove as much blood as possible.
- If it is cool, blot the stain with hydrogen peroxide or rub bar soap on the stain and hand rub in cold water.
- Apply a laundry pre-treatment or scrub with liquid laundry detergent and wash the remaining stain in lukewarm water with fabric-safe bleach until the stain is gone.
- Avoid putting the garment in the dryer until the stain is completely gone.
How to get rid of dried blood from clothes
Just because you’ve waited to remove an old stain of blood doesn’t mean all hope is lost. Instead, you just need a little patience and a heavy-duty stain remover.
- Pre-soak the garment in a mixture of cold water and laundry detergent or stain remover such as Carbona Oxy Powered Laundry Soap.
- Pre-treat and wash with fabric safe bleach.
- If that doesn’t work, mix 1 qt of water with 1 teaspoon of laundry detergent and 1 tbsp of ammonia, and let the garment soak in the solution (this may take several hours, depending on the severity of the condition. task). Then pretreat and wash the clothes.
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