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How to remove blood stains

Blood, due to its composition has a tendency to coagulate as soon as it comes in contact with air forming a hard to remove stain on clothes.

We have all suffered from minor injuries, bruises and cuts. In case of men, it is not uncommon to nick your face while shaving; if you are a woman your periods can begin at any time, sometimes without a warning. Kids keep getting hurt all the time. It is thus essential to know how to remove blood stains from clothes. Here is how to do it.


  1. Cold Water and Detergent Treatment

Blood stains are best treated while fresh. Reverse the cloth, hold the stained area under a tap and run cold water on it. This will remove most of blood.  Wash the cloth with your regular detergent and rinse to get rid of the rest.

  1. Hydrogen Peroxide Treatment

If the stain is fresh but stubborn, hydrogen peroxide will come to your rescue! Apply 3% hydrogen peroxide directly to the blood stain, rinse and wash it with your regular detergent. Oxygen free radicals produced by the hydrogen peroxide acts as bleach by oxidizing the blood

NOTE: Test the effect of hydrogen peroxide on a small area of the cloth before using this treatment. It is not advisable to use peroxide on dark colors.

  1. Lemon Juice Treatment

This treatment works wonders for slightly older or set-in stains. Apply lemon juice on the stain and rub the cloth together.  Rinse and repeat if required. Launder the cloth normally.

  1. Baking soda or Aspirin Treatment

Make a thick paste of baking soda with water. In case you are travelling, grind a few aspirin tablets and mix this powder with water to make a thick paste. Apply it paste on the stain, allow it to dry and after a few minutes wash with water. If the stain is stubborn, scrub it with an old toothbrush. Repeat if required.

The same procedure can be used to remove blood stains from mattresses, bedding, sofas and other upholstery. In this case, clean the dry paste by wiping it off with a wet sponge or a damp cloth.

  1. Cornstarch Treatment

Make a thick paste of cornstarch and cold water. Apply this paste on the stain, allow it to dry and after a few minutes rub well over the stain. Wash with water and dry cloth under the sun. Once dry, rub or brush off the residual stain.

  1. Club Soda Treatment

Pour club soda liberally on the stain and blot the stain with a piece of cloth. Continue until the stain has been removed. You could also soak the stained cloth overnight in soda. Rinse with water and launder regularly.

  1. Talcum Powder Treatment

This is a very effective treatment for fresh blood stains useful when you are travelling. Make a paste of talcum powder and water. Apply the paste to the stain and allow it to dry. Brush away the dried paste.

  1. Salt Water Treatment

Take a few granules of salt and put them on the stain. Moisten with a few drops of water and rub the cloth together. Salt granules work as a gentle scrub; they dissolve quickly and do not harm the fabric. Wash the cloth normally using detergent and dry in air.

Alternately, make saline solution by mixing salt in cold water. Soak the cloth in this solution for 4-5 hours. Rub the stain a couple of times. Wash with regular detergent.

Watch this video from realsimple.com to know how to remove blood stains by using commercial stain removers.

Some of these techniques can also be used to remove other common stains. For details you can read blog posts on how to remove coffee and tea stains that have been featured on our blog.

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About Deepakshi Vasudeva

I am extremely possessive about my things, whether it be clothes, gadgets, furniture or decorative items. Hence, I love cleanliness, hygiene and organisation of things. Check out my blogs for various tips on cleaning, removing stains, packing and moving.

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