How to Get Blood Out of Clothes and Sheets

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How to Clean Up Blood

  1. Get to it as quickly as humanly possible. Get to it as quickly as humanly possible. I know this seems extremely obvious, but it seriously is one of the very best things you can do for cleaning blood. The longer the blood sits untreated on whatever it got spilled or dripped on, the worse it’s gonna be. I know what it’s like to procrastinate. I happen to be really good at it. But, seriously, just suck it up and get to work on it immediately. If you have company, they’ll understand.
  2. How to clean up blood when it’s still fresh.How to clean up blood when it’s still fresh. Whether you’re trying to clean blood from clothing, upholstery, or carpeting, if you get to it right away, this method should do the trick for you. Begin blood cleaning by grabbing a bottle of club soda (cold) and a clean sponge. Drizzle the club soda onto the blood, let it sit for a couple seconds, and blot with your sponge. Always blot, never rub. Rubbing will imbed the stain further. You will need to repeat this step a few times. Rinse your sponge between blottings. If you don’t have any club soda, use cold tap water. You may also wish to apply a little laundry or dish detergent mixed with water to the bloodstain. If you do use some type of soap, rinse it off with a clean damp sponge when you’re done.
  3. How to clean blood from fabric. How to clean blood from fabric. If you’ve got some blood on an article of clothing, wet or dry, you have a couple of options. If the clothing is cotton or some blend including cotton, start by immediately removing the article of clothing and running it under cold water. Don’t rub. Next, fill a sink with cold water, dump a bunch of salt (at least a cup) into it, and stir it around to get the salt to dissolve faster. Throw the clothing in and let it soak for at least an hour. If you don’t want to soak the entire thing, make a paste of either table salt and water or baking soda and water, and apply it to the stain. Let the paste sit for at least an hour, and then wash the clothing in cold water with mild detergent.
  4. How to clean blood from carpet. How to clean blood from carpet. If the blood is still wet, start by grabbing some paper towels or a clean terry cloth towel and blot as much of the blood up as possible. Next (or if the stain is dry), mix 1 tablespoon of dish or laundry detergent with about a cup of cold water, drizzle the mixture on the blood, let it sit for a minute, and blot. Then mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia with ½ cup water, drizzle, wait, and blot. Finally, do the drizzle and blot thing with fresh clean water. Be sure to first try this method in an inconspicuous location to test for colorfastness.
  5. Cleaning blood from a mattress. Cleaning blood from a mattress. This is probably the most common place for bloodstains to show up. Turns out lots of things could happen here. The blood might be from a bloody nose, a scab that got torn off during the night, a period, or maybe even sex. I hear people do that. Whatever it’s from, it’s almost always dry by the time it’s discovered. The first thing you should do is to at least try and blot some of it out. OK. You tried. Now grab some hydrogen peroxide and drizzle some on the blood, let it sit for about thirty seconds, and then blot it up. Now make a paste with your salt and hydrogen peroxide, and spread it onto the stain. Let it sit there for a couple of hours and try to keep it moist. This can be accomplished by covering the whole works with a damp rag. After a couple hours have passed, use a wet/dry vacuum to get rid of the salt. If the stain isn’t entirely gone, it’ll at least be noticeably diminished. If you’re unsatisfied, do it again. Just make sure the mattress is completely dry before re-sheeting. You might be on the couch tonight.
  6. Cleaning blood from smooth and hard surfaces.Cleaning blood from smooth and hard surfaces. Be the blood wet or be the blood dry, this is pretty painless. If there’s blood on vinyl, just put some soap and water in a bucket and wipe the spot down with a sponge. Just make sure the sponge is squeezed out pretty well so bloody water doesn’t end up running and spreading the blood around. For marble, granite, concrete, linoleum, well-finished wood floors, etc., the same method applies. Soap and water is all it takes. If you’re trying to figure out how to clean blood from poorly finished hardwood floors, I would strongly recommend using oxygen bleach.

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Co-authored by: Safir Ali Professional Dry Cleaner This article was co-authored by Safir Ali. Safir Ali is the Co-Founder and CEO of Hamper Dry Cleaning and Laundry, a startup in Houston, Texas reinventing the laundry industry. With over six years of experience launching and operating Hamper, Safir specializes in innovative ways to simplify dry cleaning using the experience from his family’s business. Safir holds a Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration and Management from Texas A&M University. Hamper offers 24/7 on-demand dry cleaning and laundry through delivery and kiosk services. Hamper has been featured on the Houston Rockets, Station Houston, the Houston Business Journal, BBVA, Yahoo Finance, and Innovation Map. This article has been viewed 646,998 times. 18 votes – 70% Co-authors: 18 Updated: September 16, 2021 Views: 646,998

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To remove a blood stain from your jeans, place a washcloth inside your jeans under the stain and blot the spot with a second clean cloth soaked in cold water. Soak the jeans in cold water, then wring them out. Scrub the blood stain with a brush to remove it. If the blood is still there, add a few drops of dishwashing soap and scrub until the stain is gone. For really stubborn stains, add a little salt on top of the dish soap. If the stain has dried, apply a layer of baking soda and let it sit for 15-30 minutes. Rinse your jeans with fresh, cold water. Keep reading the article for more tips on how to wash your jeans after treating the blood stains!

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9. Spot treat a mattress using barely any liquid

The trick to how to get blood out of a mattress is to use as little liquid as possible—you don't want to saturate it, or else it won't dry! Pick any of the blood stain removal products mentioned above, and dab it on stains using a cotton ball or a clean cloth. The key is to not soak the mattress. Go slowly and use several applications. Then allow the mattress some time to air dry before re-making the bed. If you live in a damp climate, turning a standing fan toward the mattress will help aid the drying process.

12. Never treat a blood stain with hot water

When it comes to blood stains, hot water will do more harm than good. Hot water (and warm water, for that matter) heats the stain, and in the case of blood, it will cause the blood to seep deeper into the fabric's fibers. Not only that, but hot water should never be used on delicate fabrics, as it can warp or shrink them.

Natural Stain Treatment Guide

Removing stains naturally takes a little more know-how and work than using a one-size fits all spray. When used correctly, these methods are highly effective (and you won’t have to keep the poison control number on hand!).

TIP: Always treat stains from the back, rather than the front, to avoid rubbing the stain in more.

How to Treat Different Types of Stains

  • Ink or Paint Stains: Soak in rubbing alcohol for 30 minutes or (ink only) spray with hair spray and wash out.
  • Tea or Coffee Stains: Immediately pour boiling water over the stain until it is gone, or if it is already set, scrub with a paste of borax and water and wash immediately.
  • Grass Stains: Scrub with liquid dish soap or treat with a 50/50 hydrogen peroxide (3%) and water mix
  • Mud Stains: Let dry and brush off what you can, then scrub with a borax/water paste and wash immediately
  • Tomato-Based Stains: Treat with white vinegar directly on the stain and wash immediately.
  • Dingy Whites or Underarm Deodorant Stains: Soak the stain directly in a mix of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water for 30 minutes and then add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to the wash water. For really tough yellow stains, make a paste of 3% hydrogen peroxide and baking soda and rub into the stain. Leave on for 5 minutes before laundering.
  • Other Food Stains: Treat with a mix of 50/50 hydrogen peroxide and water and soak.
  • Grease and Oil Stains: Sprinkle the stain with dry baking soda to remove any loose oil or grease and brush off. Then, soak in undiluted white vinegar for 15 minutes, rinse and scrub with liquid dish soap before washing
  • Vomit, Urine, Poop, Blood, Egg, Gelatin, Glue, or Other Protein-Based Stains: DO NOT WASH IN WARM WATER!!!!! This will set in the smell. Soak in cool water and then wash with an added mixture of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup baking soda in the washing machine.

If you’re wishing for an easy way to remember all of these treatments, see the convenient printable guide below!

How to Handle Really Tough Stains

When I encounter stains that don’t respond to the methods above, I’ll use stronger products that still contain natural ingredients. My favorite is Dr. Bronner’s Sal Suds, which gets an “A” from the Environmental Working Group, and which is an amazing all-purpose natural cleaner.

It can be used directly on really tough stains in a pinch, though I prefer to make a natural stain spray:

Clean Dirty Pans and Pots

Burnt milk, old grease in your pan and scorched pots are among the least favourite things to clean. For many people dealing with heavily soiled dishes means putting on rubber gloves and grabbing the strongest detergent. But cleaning with salt is a better, more environmentally friendly way to tackle this task.

Dissolve scorched stains. Fill the pot (or respect

Dissolve scorched stains. Fill the pot (or respectively – the pan) with warm water. Add 2 tbsp. of salt and leave it like this overnight. On the next day add 1 more tbsp. of salt and heat until the liquid starts boiling. The scorched stains will be gone, making washing the pan easier.

Remove stains from burnt milk. Sprinkle some salt onto the stain and add a little water – just enough to cover the bottom of the pot. Leave it like this for 20 minutes. After the time is up washing the pot will be easier and faster.

Clean a greasy pan. If your pan is covered with grease stains after cooking salt can save you some time when cleaning it. Throw away the excess oil and sprinkle the bottom of the pan with salt. Wait a few minutes until salt soaks the grease and wipe the pan with paper towel.

Method:

  1. Rinse the stain

    Rinse the stain under cold water. Never use hot water to remove blood stains, as it will set in the stain and be much harder to remove. For carpets, use a microfibre cloth to soak the stain instead.

  2. Add soap

    Apply washing up liquid or soap directly onto the stain and gently work into the stain using a damp cloth, taking care not to rub too much and risk damaging the fabric.

  3. Rinse and repeat

    Rinse with cold water and repeat if necessary. For carpets and upholstery, blot the stain with cold water once the washing up liquid has been applied.

  4. Wash as normal

    Wash with laundry detergent for clothes and sheets, using a good quality biological detergent, which contains enzymes to break down stains. If you have sensitive skin, use a non-biological detergent. Select a regular cycle on a cool setting.

    For carpets and sofas, repeat steps 2-3 until the stain has been removed.

10 handy household items great for blood stain removal

If the above methods don’t work or you want to use something more natural, why not try out these alternative methods for removing blood stains? Many of them may already be in your cupboards at home.

Always make sure to test the product on an inconspicuous area first to check it’s suitable.

1. Baking soda

Mix one part baking soda with two parts  cold water in a bowl and dab onto the stain using a cloth. Leave for thirty to forty minutes, or overnight if it’s particularly stubborn, then wipe off all the remaining residue with a clean, damp cloth.

2. Lemon juice

Simply rub half a lemon over the stain and sprinkle some table salt on top. Leave for ten minutes, then use a damp cloth to draw out what’s remaining. You can then continue with the step-by-step removal process above.

3. Meat tenderiser

This powder is especially effective at removing protein based stains like dried-in blood. Make a paste with the meat tenderiser powder and some water and spread onto the stain. Leave it to work for at least 30 minutes before rinsing off any residue and putting on a cold wash.

4. Cornflour

This highly absorbent powder is great at removing fresh blood stains from upholstery and clothes. For removing blood stains from clothes, simply mix some corn flour and water into a thick paste and apply to the stain, rubbing in gently. Leave it to dry, removing any powder before washing as usual. 

For blood stains on carpets or upholstery, cover the stain with a generous layer of cornflour and leave it for at least three hours, or ideally overnight. You can then hoover away the cornflour, which should have lifted off the stain. If the stain persists, you can repeat this process until it’s removed.

5. Cola

This fizzy drink contains acids that work to break down a number of stains on clothes, including fresh blood. Simply soak the item overnight in cola (you may need quite a bit depending on the size of the garment!), and rinse under cold water – the stain should have completely vanished. Finish by washing your item as normal.

6. Vinegar 

Vinegar is especially effective at removing stains from white clothes, although it works best if used before the blood stain dries out. Apply some vinegar directly onto the stain and leave it to soak for ten minutes. Use a clean, damp cloth to blot away the stain, repeating this step as necessary and washing the item on a cold wash.

7. Toothpaste 

Toothpaste is a mild abrasive that can sometimes remove dried-in blood stains on clothes. Gently work in some toothpaste (not the gel kind) onto the stain using a toothbrush and leave it to dry. Once dry, rinse the stain under some cold water until all the toothpaste is removed. You can then wash the garment on a cold wash cycle.

8. Salt 

Salt mixed with cold water is surprisingly effective at removing fresh blood stains (but not dried-in ones). Simply mix some cold water with salt to make a paste and apply directly onto the stain, rubbing in gently. Leave it to work for ten minutes and rinse off under cold water before washing as usual.

9. Alcohol-based hand sanitiser

Thanks to its high alcohol content, hand sanitiser can be used for blood stain removal on most garments (always check the clothing care label before treating). To use, apply a small amount of hand sanitizer over the blood stain, before rinsing it under cold water and air-drying.

10. Hairspray

If all else fails, try hairspray. Its active ingredient, alcohol, works to help remove blood stains. Simply apply directly onto the stain and leave for up to a minute. Then wipe away the residue with a damp cloth before putting in a cold wash.

Conclusion

How you treat a blood stain will depend largely on the type of fabric that needs cleaning and how you can treat the fabric after removing the stain.

Typically, for smaller items, it is easy to run them through the wash to fully remove the stain and clean the fabric. For larger items, like mattresses and carpets, it may take a bit more work to get the stain out.

In any case, there are several methods that you can use to help remove the blood stain.

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