Blood dripping off a finger, about to create blood stains.

How to remove a dried blood stain

Small cuts and scrapes can feel like badges of honour to your kids: proof that they scaled the heights of that tree, or scored that last-minute try. Kids being kids, they’re often keen to get back to playing, too, with just a plaster and a small blood stain to show for their exploits.

So, to help your little adventurers get back out there, it’s good to know how to remove blood stains – even dried blood stains – fast. Here’s how to make child’s play of removing that stain!

How to remove blood stains that have dried 

If your default stain removal method is to soak the item in hot water, you might find removing blood stains challenging. This is because heat can actually make these stubborn stains worse, rather than better, even after they’ve dried – so avoid the hot tap and hot wash if you can.

The five steps below explain how to get blood out of clothes if they’re not delicate:

  1. If there is clotted blood on top of the fabric, scrape it off gently using a spoon.
  2. Dampen the stain using cold water.
  3. Pre-treat the stain with a little bit of bleach-free detergent with enzymes (we recommend OMO Ultimate Liquid), rubbed in using a damp cloth. Why bleach-free, you ask? Bleach can actually make the blood stain set onto the fabric, which will make the task at hand that much harder.
  4. Let the laundry liquid do its stuff for about 10 minutes, and then rinse the item in cold water
  5. Wash the garment in the washing machine at the temperature recommended on the care label.

How to remove blood stains from delicate fabrics

When you’re removing blood stains from a delicate fabric, you need a gentler approach. Here’s how to remove blood stains (even dried stains) from silk and wool:

  • Silk: Mix 250 ml of cold water with a teaspoon of salt and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the stain and rub it in using a clean cloth. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse the solution out with cold water. After this pre-treatment, wash the garment as directed on the care label’s instructions.
  • Wool: Pour a little bit of hydrogen peroxide directly onto the dried blood stain and gently work it into the fabric with a clean cloth. Leave the solution on five minutes and then rinse it out with cold water. If the stain is still there, treat it with hydrogen peroxide and rinse again until it’s completely gone. Then wash the item at the recommended temperature. This is a good way to help shift really stubborn dried blood stains on normal fabrics, too.

Remember: Always read the instructions on the products you’re using when removing blood stains. It’s also a good idea to try the method on a hidden part of the item before treating a larger area.

Do you have any other washing-related problems we can help you solve? Have a look at our other stain removal tips.

 

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