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Do not let the Stains Spoil Your Day – Remove the Blood Properly



To remove all traces of blood, you can apply different methods using both detergents from stores and household means. Just choose the one you like best.

Remember that you shouldn’t wash off the blood with hot water. If the contamination is fresh, cold water will be enough. For the old one, take warm liquid.

How to Remove Fresh Blood Stains

  1. Wash the area of the spot under a stream of cold water.
  2. Treat the stain with hydrogen peroxide: put it on a cotton swab and push to the contaminated area.
  3. Rub the spot with a yellow soap. An hour later, put the clothing into the washing machine. Turn on the Stain mode, if any.
  4. To remove dirt from delicate fabrics, silk or chiffon, rub the clothes on the front and the reverse side with a potato starch diluted with water. Let the clothing dry, then shake off and if necessary, wash.
  5. Moisten the spot with a special remover. Do it right before washing following the instructions on the label.

ld Blood Stain Removal

  1. Wet the stain with cold water, and then apply a weak solution of ammonia (take 1 tsp per cup of liquid). Leave for an hour, and then rinse.
  2. Soak the things with blood stains in brine (4 teaspoons per liter of water) for a few hours.
  3. Soak your clothes in cold water, and then wipe the dirt part with hydrogen peroxide. Be careful, wear gloves! Hydrogen peroxide will react with blood and foam destroying the dirt. You can apply an old toothbrush to get rid of the dirt from the fibers of clothing or remove the foam with an old towel. Repeat if necessary.
  4. To get rid of blood, you can use dishwashing detergent, as well.

Useful information

If the contamination is old or you were not able to clean it off, then soak the fabric in cold salted water for 3-12 hours depending on the age of the spot. To do this, add 4 tbsp of salt per liter of the liquid and mix well. You can also add a little dishwashing detergent. In the process of soaking, a brush can help you to remove the dirt.

When using hydrogen peroxide, remember that it can bleach some types of tissue. For the first use, test it on a small hidden area of the clothes.

Ammonia must be diluted – one tbsp per ½ cup of water. Apply the mixture to the contaminated part, leave for 30-60 minutes, and then rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary.

In addition, you can soak the clothing in the solution prepared from several ingredients. Mix a cup of ammonia, 5 tsp of hydrogen peroxide and 4 liters of cold liquid. Or take a ¼ cup of ammonia, a tablespoon of dishwashing detergent and 4 liters of water. Leave the mixture on the blood for an hour, and then wash as usual.

It is important to remember what material you are cleaning. For each fabric type, there are different methods.

Other Means of Removing Blood Stains from Clothes

Meat tenderizer

This method is applicable to any cloth, however, be careful with silk and wool.

  1. Meat tenderizer, which is sold in grocery stores, is capable of destroying proteins in blood stains. Although this method is recommended by experts to any cloth, the powder can damage silk and wool fibers.

    Test the meat tenderizer on a hidden part of your clothing to see if any damage.

  2. Dilute about 15 ml of powder in the water (use the one without flavorings). Mix the ingredients until you get a slurry.

    Do not use flavored meat tenderizer as spices can leave the stains on the clothes.

  3. Gently rub the paste into the fabric. Leave it for an hour.
  4. Rinse the pasta before washing. Wash the fabric as usual but dry it air as the heat in the tumble dry can fasten the remnants of the blood.

Lemon juice and sunlight

Use this method on a sunny day.

This method uses common ingredients, but it requires the sunlight to complete the process. In addition, you will need to wait until the clothing is dry in the open air, and only then you will be able to see whether you cleaned it.

  1. Soak the cloth in cold water for a few minutes. Meanwhile, prepare the components. You need lemon juice, salt and a plastic bag with a zipper.
  2. Gently squeeze the clothing and put it in the bag. Twist the thing to remove excess liquid. Then put the clothing in a large zip lock bag.
  3. Add the lemon juice and salt. Put ½ liter (about 2 cups) of lemon juice and 120 ml (½ cup) of salt into the bag and close it.
  4. Slightly press the clothing. When you close the bag, press it focusing on areas with spots to let the lemon juice penetrate into the fabric. Some of the salt will be dissolved and help the lemon juice to get into the tissue (the salt itself will also help to scrub the stain from the fabric).
  5. Pull the fabric within ten minutes. Leave it in the bag for more ten minutes. Take the clothing from the bag and squeeze out the excess lemon juice.
  6. Dry the clothing in the sun. Hang on the rope or cloth drying or put it on a flat surface and let it dry. Do it in the sun, but not just next to the radiator. The fabric can be rough after drying, but it will be normal after usual washing.
  7. Clean the cloth with water. If the dirt was gone, wash the cloth with water to remove the remnants of the lemon-salt solution. If there are traces of blood, then moisten the clothing again and dry in the sun.
The lemon juice and the sun can damage delicate fabrics, especially silk.

For delicate fabrics, use salt and water

You should act quickly. The sooner you treat the dirt with a paste of salt and water, the less time the blood will have to get into the fibers. The method of salt and water is great if you want to clean off the dirt from the clothing that is not washable.

  1. Rinse the stain in cold water. If you there is running water nearby, put the spot under the cold water. This way will let you wash off much blood at once.
  2. If possible, rub the clothing under the water. If you can handle the spot within 10-15 minutes after its appearance, you will likely remove it completely. However, if you still see any traces apply salt.
  3. Mix a little water and salt and make a paste. You should impregnate the stain with the paste, that’s why its amount depends on the size of the dirt area.
  4. Rub the paste in the contaminated area. Abrasion features of the salt particles and drainage properties will weaken the remaining blood stain and remove it from the fibers.
  5. Wash off the salt with cold water. Test whether you have cleaned the dirt.
  6. When the dirt is off, wash the clothing in the normal mode with usual detergent.

If you cannot wash the dirty clothes, wash the blood and salt with such cold water that is needed.


Always wear protective gloves when working with someone else's blood. This will protect you from the risk of catching the disease transmitted through blood.

Do not place your clothes in the dryer unless you are sure that the spot was completely removed. The heat can fasten the spot in the tissue.

What you need

One or more items from the list:

  • soap (take a bar soap),
  • ammonia and liquid dishwashing detergent,
  • enzymatic detergent or a similar product for preprocessing,
  • lemon juice, salt, and a zip lock bag,
  • hydrogen peroxide and a cotton swab,
  • meat detergent,
  • white vinegar.

One More Tip

If the fabric is a very delicate or too expensive, it is recommended to set aside the household means and use the services of dry cleaning.

Author: Anna Wallace