How to remove a blood stain? Due to a cut, period or nose bleed, a blood stain can be difficult to remove, especially if you don’t act quickly.
I propose in this article some good tips and tricks for removing blood stains from clothing and other fabric surfaces.
1. Quickly rinse the bloodstained garment
If the blood stain is very fresh and recent then the best tip is to rinse the garment in cold water.
- Take the garment or fabric and rinse in cold water until the stain is completely gone.
- Put the garment in the washing machine to finish cleaning the garment.
For a recent bloodstain on a carpet, mattress or sofa, use a damp sponge to simply dab and remove the bloodstain.
For a blood stain on a mattress a great trick is to use an ice cube! Here’s how to do this trick:
- Gently rub the dried blood stain with an ice cube to dilute it well.
- Then dab the stain with a cloth and a little soapy water.
- Repeat as needed and dry with the hair dryer to finish.
This ice cube trick also works great for loosening bloodstained white cotton clothing.
3. Loosen blood with aspirin
On a fabric surface or clothing the aspirin trick is very effective too. Here’s how to do this trick:
- Dissolve an aspirin tablet in a glass of water and soak the bloodstain in this solution.
- Dab lightly and leave for a few minutes before rinsing with cold water.
4. Clean a blood stain with baking soda
Whether on a duvet cover or on bloodstained bed sheets, an effective cleaning tip is to use baking soda.
So here is how to remove a blood stain from bed sheets:
- Mix baking soda with water and form a sort of paste.
- Apply and dab the blood stain with this cleansing paste and leave on for an hour.
- Gently scrub the stain with a brush or cloth, rinse and finish on the regular machine cycle.
5. Clean the blood with Marseille soap
If you still don’t have one at home, it’s time to get some!
Indeed, Marseille soap is a must for cleaning and removing everything at home, even blood stains.
Here’s how to use it on a bloodstain:
- Soak the bloodstained fabric with cold water and rub with Marseille soap.
- Rub until a paste or foam forms on the stain and rinse to finish.
If the blood stain is old and well encrusted in the fabric then we forget the tips proposed above and we opt instead for ammonia or alcohol at 70°.
- Soak a cloth in 70° alcohol and dab the blood stain.
- Leave on for 1 or 2 minutes, rinse with a damp cloth and repeat again.
- Put the garment or sheet in the washing machine to finish cleaning the blood stain.
If you don’t have ammonia or 70° alcohol, you can also use hydrogen peroxide on old bloodstains on fabric.