Accidents happen, so most of us have experienced, at least once, blood stains on clothing or bedding. They are incredibly difficult to remove, whether they are on white or colorful clothes and especially if we do not act immediately.
• By air contact, blood hemoglobin acts as a binder and sticks into the fabric. Therefore it is important to not to let the stain dry.
• Keep in mind the fact that blood is made up of proteins and any source of heat – iron, steam, hot water – will only bind the stain. Always use cold water to remove blood stains!
• Whatever cleaner you use, be careful not to rub the stained area because you will only make a deeper bind blood into the fabric.
• Before using a cleaning solution, test it on an inconspicuous area to make sure it will not destroy the fabric.
• If you use more cleaning solutions, always be sure to rinse thoroughly before applying the next one. Chemical ingredients may react in unexpected ways.
• If the blood stain is on a piece of clothing that can not be washed, the best would be to go to a laundry.
Remove blood stains with hydrogen peroxide
One of the best ways to remove blood stains on clothing is to apply hydrogen peroxide over the stain. Unfortunately, this method can be used for white clothes only because hydrogen peroxide fades colors.
Put hydrogen peroxide over the stain. Use a clean cloth to wipe the affected area. Repeat until the stain becomes very pale. Wash clothes in cold water with manual detergent.
Remove blood stains with salt water
For colored fabrics you can try to apply a solution of water and salt. Dissolve a tablespoon of salt in a cup of water and soak the affected area in it. Leave it for at least 30 minutes, then rinse and wash with a manual detergent.
Keep in mind that in many cases you need to leave the stain to soak overnight in cold water.
Other methods of removing blood stains from clothes
Prepare a solution of two tablespoons of ammonia and a cup of water, apply it over the stain and dab lightly with a clean cloth. After, make a solution of a cup of vinegar and two cups of water and apply it immediately over the stain, then rinse and wash with detergent.