How to get rid of stubborn blood stains

Injuries are very common in life. Everyone would have suffered some sort of an injury in life leading to loss of blood. This blood can fall on the clothes, carpets, rugs, and the floor as well. The human blood has a natural ingredient that enables it to clot on its own when exposed to the atmospheric oxygen. This property of the blood prevents us from bleeding to death. The blood follows the same principle even when it spills over the fabric. It will coagulate and clot. This may cause the blood to spread over the fabric staining it in the bargain. Through this passage, we shall see how to remove bloodstains from fabrics as well as other places.

The ingredients of the blood stain:

The blood is actually not a liquid in the scientific sense. It is an emulsion. An emulsion contains solid particles suspended in the liquid. The blood contains red blood corpuscles, white blood corpuscles, and the platelets. The human blood or for that matter any blood has a tendency to dry quickly. As it dries, it coagulates and hence clots.

This clotting of the blood results in the blood droplets sticking to the surface where you find the spill. It could be the floor or the fabric. In case it falls on the floor, you can wipe it clean before it dries. However, you will not be able to do so in the case of fabrics. The blood droplet will permeate into the fibers of the fabric and spread itself as it dries.

This causes a stain. However, you can remove such stains using certain materials. We shall see what these materials are during the course of this article. However, you should understand an important aspect. You should always use cold water to wipe bloodstains. Hard water will set the stains making it practically impossible to remove.

How to remove bloodstains:

We shall see some common methods of removing bloodstains.

1. Soap and water:

This is the traditional way of removing bloodstains. This method works best on cotton or linen clothes. In case you have woolen clothing, it becomes harder to remove the stain.

? Turn the clothes upside down. Place the garment under running water for some time. Always remember to use cold water. The loose stains would wash away easily. The harder stains would remain.

? Turn over the garment so that you face the stain side. Rub a detergent soap over the bloodstain to work up a good lather.

? Hold the garment in both your hands and start rubbing the stains against each other. This will enable the stains to stick to the lather, rather than sticking back to the cloth.

? Wash it and rinse the fabric. In the case of stubborn stains, you can repeat the procedure.

2. Meat tenderizer:

? You can find the meat tenderizer in almost all the grocery stores. The proteins in the meat tenderizer have the capacity of dissolving the bloodstains paving the way for their removal.

? Get some unseasoned meat tenderizer and add water to make a thick paste.

? Apply the paste over the stain, rub it using your fingers, and wait for about half an hour at least.

? Rinse the fabric with cold water and air-dry your clothes.

3. Enzymatic cleaner:

? This is a good way of removing the bloodstains. Soak the blood stained cloth in cold water. Add a few drops of the enzyme cleaner to the water.

? Let it soak for some time. Deeper stains require longer soaking period.

? Wash normally and put the clothes out to dry in the sun.

4. Lemon:

? You would be able to wash smaller clothes using lemon. After submerging the fabric in cold water for a few minutes, you have to squeeze them dry.


? Put the fabric in a zip lock cover big enough to accommodate the fabric. Add a few drops of raw lemon juice into the bag. Seal the bag and gently rub it from the outside, concentrating on the areas where you find the stains.

? Leave it for some time. Remove the fabric and dry it in the sun. Once dry, you can check for the stains.

? Now wash the fabric in normal water to remove the lemon salts.

We have seen some very simple methods of removing bloodstains. We shall now move over to the harsher methods.

5. Hydrogen peroxide:

Hydrogen peroxide can work on fresh stains very well. You can apply hydrogen peroxide on the stain and rinse it under water. The stain will disappear. You may have to launder your clothes subsequently.

6. Vinegar or Ammonia:

Both ammonia and vinegar has use for cleaning bloodstains. You should pour vinegar directly over the stain. On allowing it to soak for about 20 minutes, you can blot the fabric dry. Similarly, you can use ammonia as well. However, you should send the clothes to the laundry thereafter.

7. Cornstarch or talcum powder:

Using talcum powder is also a good option for removing bloodstains from clothing as well as furniture and flooring. You can also use corn flour for this purpose. You should ensure to make a paste of these powders by mixing it with adequate quantities of water. Apply the paste on the stains and allow it to dry. You can brush them away later on.

8. Salt and water:

You will be surprised to know that common salt has the power of removing bloodstains. You should use a solution of common salt and cold water and soak the blood stained clothes in it for about 4 to 5 hours. You can rub the stains with any detergent after the soak.

You have seen eight ways by which you can remove the bloodstains. These methods have been tried and tested over the years.

A tip to share:

However, we shall share with you another tip. In case you are outdoors and not able to have access to any of these methods to wipe out the bloodstains, the simple cola can do the trick. You can soak the blood stained clothes in the cola solution overnight and wash it the first thing in the morning.


You have to admit that bloodstains differ from other kinds of stains. They require a different kind of treatment. However, you should always remember two things.

? Clean the stain when it is fresh before it dries out.

? Never use hot water to clean the stains.

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