Blood stains can be tough to get out of clothing. As a result we are often throwing out shirts (ladies, we are throwing out panties and jeans from our monthly accidents), but there are ways to remove blood stains out of clothing and undergarments naturally without damaging our clothing and leaving them good as new. Here are a few tips.
Treat the stain as soon as possible. The longer it is allowed to set the harder it will be to get out. So if a bloody nose has a shirt completely demolished or a monthly visit has left your panties (and sometimes your pants) in distress, get to the stain as quickly as you can so you can more successfully remove it.
Quickly take a tissue or toilet paper and dab or blot out as much as the wet blood stain as you can. Don’t rub, just simply dab at the stain to gently lift out as much as the blood as you can.
When you have out as much wet blood as you can, or the blood has already dried before you can blot it, run the garment under cold water to rinse out as much of the blood as possible. Hot water will set the stain more, so make sure the water is cold. If you can’t remove the garment, dab at the blood again with a rag rinsed in cool water, permeating the stain all the way through. Rinsing out the garment, running cold water directly on and through the stain, is best.
After running cold water through the stain, for white clothing pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain and allow it to soak for about 10 minutes. For colors, pour baking soda and lemon juice together on the stain, allowing the bubbling concoction to work its magic. The acid in the lemon juice mixed with the base in the baking soda will lift the stain out. Leave for 10 minutes. You an also use baking soda and lemon juice on whites as well, with or without the hydrogen peroxide.
Now, once they have soaked for at least 10 minutes (go longer if you’d like until the stain has been lifted), wash the clothing in cold water in the washing machine with a cup of vinegar. Vinegar helps to further remove the stain from both colors and whites, and thoroughly rinses the stain out. The odor is gone once the vinegar dries (white vinegar is best), and will give that stain a final shot at removal.
Don’t toss the clothing in the dryer. Instead, spray the stain with lemon juice and vinegar if the stain is still there and air dry in the sun. The sun activates the bleaching removal of the lemon juice on the remainder of the stain, and the vinegar will keep working to remove the stain. Don’t dry the clothing in the dryer if the stain is still visible, because the heat will cook the stain in and you are hopeless to remove it.
These simple steps should work wonders to get the blood stains out naturally.