While I wouldn’t call myself a “stain removal expert,” I have learned a lot about removing stains over the 7 years I’ve been writing this blog. I have researched, developed, and tested dozens of stain removal techniques, as well as other useful laundry methods. At first, my curiosity about these topics was purely functional, and I sought out information for the sake of using it in my own home. But it didn’t take long for me to realize that sharing what I had learned was even more fulfilling than simply using it myself!
But due to the fact that I’ve written so extensively about removing stains over the years, I often receive comments and emails from readers asking for my advice on their current laundry-related struggles. Recently I’ve been getting a lot of questions about removing blood stains, and it occurred to me that I’ve never actually written specifically about how to get blood out of fabric. So I thought it was high time to address this topic, and that’s exactly what I’ll be sharing with you today! With the right tools, you’ll see that removing blood stains is not as impossible as it seems.
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Before we get into it, I want to mention that this process works best on fresh blood stains. Dried blood is typically going to be much harder to remove (though not impossible). So make sure to address the stain as quickly as possible to see the best results! :-)
How To Remove Blood Stains From Fabric
Start by applying hydrogen peroxide to the blood stain. (And just in case you were worried, no one was harmed in the taking of these photos! The hand towel belongs to my daughter Britta, who used it to mop up a minor nosebleed. Thank you for your sacrifice Britta!) ;-)
After saturating the stain with peroxide, give it a scrub using an old toothbrush. The brush will help you work the peroxide deep into the fibers of the fabric so it can work its magic!
After scrubbing, allow the peroxide to soak into the stain for about 10-15 minutes. You’ll likely see some fizzing action, which means it’s working!
Rinse the item thoroughly and evaluate the blood stain. If it has largely disappeared, proceed to the washing step. If the stain looks like it could use an extra boost of cleaning power, grab your dish soap and hydrogen peroxide! Put a drop of Dawn onto the stain, then sprinkle a bit of baking soda over the top. Give it another scrub with the toothbrush, then rinse the item thoroughly.
After rinsing, toss the stained item directly into your washing machine and wash as usual. (This should be done promptly in order to avoid any discoloration from the peroxide!)
Your item will come out looking clean, fresh, and most importantly, blood-free!
How It Works
Hydrogen peroxide can be a useful cleaning agent for plenty of different messes, but it happens to be particularly effective at removing blood stains. The reason for this is due to the way that hydrogen peroxide reacts when mixed with organic compounds like blood. When you pour hydrogen peroxide on a blood stain, it reacts with an enzyme called catalase. This oxidizing reaction breaks down many of the chemical compounds that contribute to blood stains, making it much easier to wash away!
If you’re interested in learning about more ways to use hydrogen peroxide, be sure to check out my eBook Hydrogen Peroxide Magic! You can buy it in my shop, or download it for free if you’re an OGT Plus member!