How To Get Rid of Blood Stains

By Subodh / February 24, 2012

Have you ever cut yourself, on a very sharp knife or even paper, without knowing it? When you look down you have got blood on your shirt, blouse or dress. With immediate action you may be able to get rid of it. The thing about blood is, it is meant to go sticky and set (coagulate), if it didn’t you would just keep bleeding..

Removing Blood Stains from Clothing:

As with many stains, and blood in particular, you need to try and blot the stain away while it is still damp. Note, do NOT use hydrogen peroxide or bleach unless your garment is white and the washing label permits it. If it is white, then this should remove the blemish.

1. Using a paper towel or clean sponge dab the blood so it soaks into the paper/sponge. Do not rub it. You could add a little washing up liquid or hydrogen peroxide (see warning).
If the garment is dry clean only, then you should now take it to the dry cleaners without taking any further action.

In the case of machine or hand wash only item you can carry on with the following per-treatments, until the stain has gone.

2. If your garment is not made of wool, linen or silk, try a mixture of ammonia and water, (window cleaner contains this combination).
3. Gentle rubbing with moistened lava soap will lift the stain.
4. If you have neither of the above try spit on the stain. Our own spittle contains the enzymes that break down the protein in the blood.

Hand wash items should now be washed in mild laundry detergent in a bowl or sink. Machine washable clothes require a cold or lowest heat setting for the first cycle. Use your usual detergent and add a stain remover such as Oxy, if you have it.

In both cases do not heat dry the garment until the stain has gone, as this will bake the blood. Repeat the above steps and wash again until the stain has completely disappeared.

Removing Blood from Carpets or Furniture:

As with clothes, avoid using bleach or hydrogen peroxide unless your carpet or fabric permits. This is highly unlikely unless they are pure white.

Follow the following steps to remove the stain:

  1. Using a clean sponge or paper towel dab the stain to remove any excess blood. Do not rub at it.\
  2. Put some mild liquid detergent (washing up or laundry) on the stain and using a small brush work for the outside inward scrubbing gently.
  3. Blot again with a clean white cloth or paper towel.
  4. Using a little ammonia, window cleaner, or spittle, let it stand for a few minutes.
  5. Blot again with a clean white cloth or paper towel.
  6. Repeat the whole process from step 2. Again
  7. Finally blot dry and hopefully the stain will have gone.

If there is excessive blood at the beginning of either process, try putting salt or a biological enzyme on it. This can soak up the excess, and you can then proceed as above. Remember at no time should you rub the stain as it will only push it further into the fabric.