How To Help Remove Blood Stains

How To Remove Blood Stains On Your Mattress

How To Remove Blood Stains On Your Mattress – We all know how frustrating it is to remove blood stains, especially if you’re dealing with delicate fabric. Luckily, learning how to help remove blood stains is not rocket science. The best part? Everything you need to help with stain removal is probably already in your home.

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Household Items That Can Help Remove Blood Stains From Your Mattress

Household Items That Can Help Remove Blood Stains From Your Mattress

Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide has many uses, including cleaning around the house. The 3% solution sold in drugstores is great for helping to remove blood stains because it works as a non-toxic bleach. Additionally, it is known to be friendly to all kinds of fabric, colored or not [1]. Quick tip: In general, the process to help remove blood stains is relatively easy; the trick is to try to remove the stain as quickly as possible before it dries. If the stain dries up, it can become much more difficult to wash out, especially after more than 24 hours.

Vinegar

White vinegar is one of the most accessible items in your home for helping remove blood stains. Before the blood dries, pour the vinegar on the area and let it soak for 5-10 minutes while blotting it with a damp cloth. Repeat this process as many times as necessary until the spot is gone; when it is, you can wash the fabric normally in cold water [2].

Salt

Make a paste with salt and water and rub directly onto the surface of the fabric [3]. Easiest cleaning hack ever.

Cola

Cola can be a great stain remover because of its phosphoric and carbonic acid concentration. The trick is to try to soak the stain with cola before the blood dries. It also works on clothes [4].

Cornstarch

Before you buy a product to help remove blood stains, check if you have cornstarch. If so, you’re good to go. Make a paste with water and cornstarch and gently rub it on the surface of the spoiled fabric. Let it dry out. Afterward, scrape or brush off the residue. Repeat this process as many times as necessary. Quick tip: Try it on period stains that have dried up [5].

Chlorine Bleach

Chlorine bleach is a very effective product in removing blood stains. However, use it with extreme caution because it can spoil and blot the natural color of the fabric and weaken the fibers in the process. Follow the instructions on the bottle to get the best results. Avoid using chlorine bleach on delicate bed sheets. If you are wary of using bleach, try hydrogen peroxide or ammonia as alternatives [7].

Baking Soda

You probably have at least one box of baking soda laying around in the cupboards. Mix four tablespoons of baking soda with ¼ cup of water to help remove dried blood stains. Let the paste soak and dry on the fabric for at least 30 minutes or however long it takes to remove dried blood [6].

Meat Tenderizer

You may be surprised to see unseasoned meat tenderizer on our list, but this item has shown to work quickly and efficiently to remove dried blood stains. Mix the tenderizer with cold water to make a paste, and let it soak on the dried blood stains for 15-30 minutes. Follow up with cold water and a little detergent [8] if needed.

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How To Quickly Remove Blood Stains From Delicate Fabrics

How To Quickly Remove Blood Stains From Delicate Fabrics

Silk

Make a mixture out of 250 ml cold water and a teaspoon of salt. Put the mixture in a spray bottle and spray it onto the dried blood. Rub the solution into the fabric with a clean cloth or dry towel and let it dry for 10 minutes. Then, rinse the clothing in cold water and wash it according to the garment care instructions [9].

Wool

Hydrogen peroxide is a great option when dealing with dried blood on wool. To assess the damage the dried blood has done on the fabric, rinse it thoroughly in cold water. If the cold water has somehow helped with erasing the stain, wash as usual with detergent. If the dried blood is still there after rinsing, pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the dried blood and rub it on the fabric with a dry towel or paper towel. Repeat this process until the dried stain is gone, and then wash the wool normally with detergent [10].

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How To Remove Dried Period Stains

How To Remove Dried Period Stains

Period blood stains are particularly tricky to remove because the hemoglobin in the blood easily clots on the fabric when exposed to air. One of common method is to soak the stain with warm water. However, warm water may make the stain worse and harder to remove.

To remove dried period stains, the first thing you need to do is gently rub or scrape off the residue of dried blood before dampening it with cold water. Soak it in the water with bleach-free detergent for 10 minutes or so and then rinse it again with cold water [11]. You can also try the cornstarch trick above!

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