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How to Remove Blood Stains from Clothes

When kids get little cuts or scrapes, they’re always ready to get right back on the horse (or jungle gym … or tree … or bicycle) and try it all again. Often, the only sign of their adventure, other than a small plaster, is a blood stain on their clothes. Luckily for parents everywhere, it’s not too hard to get rid of these marks. Here’s how.

How to get rid of blood stains

When you’re trying to get rid of a stain, the first reaction is often to put your clothes in the wash or treat the stain with hot water. This is a bad move if you’re trying to remove blood stains since heat can make them harder to remove. Instead, follow our step-by-step guide to blood stain removal. The process gets trickier as the stains dry, so act fast!

  1. First, make sure you remove any clotted blood left on the surface of the fabric by scraping it off with a spoon or an old cardboard.
  2. Wet the stain with some cold water.
  3. Put a small amount laundry detergent, such as OMO Auto Washing Liquid on a damp cloth and gently rub the stain.
  4. After 10 minutes, or when the stain has disappeared, rinse the garment with cold water and wash at the normal temperature.

How to get blood stains out of delicate fabrics

Although the method above works on a variety of fabrics, some delicate clothes will need a bit of extra attention:

  • Silk:

    Pour a cup of cold water into a spray bottle and stir in one teaspoon of salt. Apply the solution on the stain, rubbing it in with a clean cloth. Let it soak for about 10 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Wash according to the instructions on the label.

  • Wool:

    Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the blood stain, rubbing it in with a clean cloth. Let it sit for about five minutes before rinsing out with cold water. Repeat these steps until the stain has fully disappeared, then put it in the wash. This method can also be used to remove really stubborn blood stains on less delicate fabrics.

Before you try any blood stain removal method, it’s important to read the instructions on the products you’re about to use. When in doubt, test on a small part of the garment.

Have any other laundry queries we can solve, now that you know how to get rid of blood stains? Let us help you: check out our stain removal tips.