How to Remove Blood Stains from Clothing or Linens

How to Remove Blood Stains from Clothing or Linens

Whether it’s after a bloody nose, a cut, a scrap, or other blood related injuries, getting stains out of clothing can be another pain. Here are some of the easiest ways to get rid of those pesky stains.

For fresh stains (Easiest to clean): 

  1. Soak the item in cold water. (make sure the water is cold because hot water will set the stains) 
  2. Launder. 

For dried stains:  

Method 1: 

  1. Soak in cold water and scrub away as much of the stain as you can. Do this for a few minutes. 
  2. Rinse the item and squeeze out the water. 
  3. Pour liquid laundry detergent on the stain and let it sit for a minute. 
  4. Rub the area to remove the remaining stain. Repeat as necessary. 
  5. Launder the garment on a regular cycle. 

For trickier stains you can use hydrogen peroxide in place of laundry detergent. However, be cautious because it can fade some types of dyed fabrics. Try testing a small spot on the garment before using it on the stain.  

Method 2: 

  1. Pour vinegar over the stain and let it soak for 15 minutes. 
  2. Rinse with cool water. Repeat as necessary. 
  3. Launder the item immediately after. 

Method 3: 

  1. Soak the stain in cold water. 
  2. Rub bar soap on the stain and scrub in cold water. 
  3. Apply a stain treatment or rub laundry detergent on the stain and then launder the garment with warm water. 
  4. Avoid putting the item in the dryer until the stain is completely gone.  

Method 4: 

  1. Soak the stain in a mixture of cold water and table salt. You can also use saline solution if you wear contacts.  
  2. Rub the stain until it disappears and then launder as usual.

Method 5: 

  1. Mix some baking soda with water until it makes a paste.  
  2. Apply the paste to the stain and let it sit for at least 30 minutes.  
  3. Put the garment in the wash on a regular cycle.  


Although blood stains can be frustrating, there are fortunately many methods to remove them with products you probably already have in your home. So next time you encounter a blood stain, you’ll now know exactly what to do!  

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