How to Remove Blood From Clothing

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Introduction: How to Remove Blood From Clothing

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As a clumsy person with a blood disease, I have been bleeding on myself and everything around me for most of my life. This particular time was a random nosebleed that ended up on my t-shirt. :P I've gotten really REALLY good at removing blood from clothing, sheets, upholstery, towels, etc.

The major secret to removing blood from fabric is removing it before it has a chance to dry. Dried blood is tougher to remove on most fabrics! You can use this cleaning technique with dried blood, but it may take longer and/or leave a slight shadow of a stain.

The best thing I've found to remove blood is a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. This can be found in nearly any grocery or drugstore here in the US.

Oh! And a bonus tip: you can also use your saliva to remove blood. If you're worried about hurting the fabric or in a place without hydrogen peroxide around, try spitting on a paper towel and dabbing at the stain. I know it sounds questionable and maybe even gross, but it works!

Step 1: What You'll Need to Remove Blood From Clothing

Two things:

  • Hydrogen peroxide, 3% solution
  • Cool water

That is honestly it! I don't recommend using a stronger hydrogen peroxide solution. The only thing a stronger solution will do is bleach or dissolve the fabric the blood is on, which is not helpful. :P

Step 2: Pour the Hydrogen Peroxide on the Blood

I normally place the clothing near my sink for this so I can rinse it easily afterwards.

Now you'll pour the hydrogen peroxide onto the blood spots, thoroughly soaking the area. Allow the peroxide to sit and bubble for a moment and then check the spot. If the spot is gone, you can rinse.

If not, pour more hydrogen peroxide over the area and let it bubble. Repeat until the blood stain is gone!

Step 3: Rinse Under Cool Water

I always rinse out the hydrogen peroxide once the blood is gone, just to be sure it won't affect the fabric in any way. Better safe than sorry!

Once that's done, I typically hang the item to dry and then throw it in the dirty laundry. And taaaaaa-daaaaaa - a easy and cheap way to get blood out of clothing and other fabrics. :D

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    Sometimes peroxide isn't going to cut it. Then you go to the pet store for accident remover - but not the oxy clean kind, thats just more peroxide. You want the enzyme kind. It'll take out dried blood, poop, and any sort of protein stain. It literally digests the ick. Amazing!

    I know it's not diy, but still, good to know about. Sometimes you need the bigger gun.

    Three years ago, I saw H2O2 in a spray bottle. Brown plastic bottle, like it should be. No wondering "what's in this spray bottle". Twice the price for just the H2O2 but very very handy.

    Grab, spray, done! (usually)

    Also, for a set wine stain, 3% will change the color from purple to blue. The H2O2 from a beauty supple works great! Makes the stain 'magically' disappear.

    I usually find that a tooth brush, along with the peroxide, spit, or shampoo is more helpful than not. I am mindful to whisk coagulated blood away from the area, and not to smear it back into the garment.

    Two scientists walk into a bar. The first, more educated one asks for a cup of scientifically named H2O. The bartender gives it to him and he drinks it. The second, less educated one wanted the same drink and asks for a cup of H2O too... just like his acquaintance. So, the bartender being the smart man he is, gives the man a cup of watery looking H2O2.
    The second scientist drinks it....and dies.

    (Don't drink hydrogen peroxide. Just a disclaimer.)

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    May find this useful as my brother gets nose bleeds (sometimes not noticing!). And the blood sometimes drips on his clothes.

    I use peroxide for bloodstains , and I find it easier to put the peroxide in a spray bottle. Aim it directly at the stain. Less waste and less mess.

    Any idea how to remove blood from a carpet?? I've got about 8 pints to shift.

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    soak with concentrated solution of table salt for an hr then wipe with sponge soaked in detergent

    i wet the cloth then scrub table salt on it
    leave for an hour
    wash with detergent
    i usually cut myself in diy workshop or when i m in engine room of tankers

    Mind sharing with what program you made the title image? As in adding the text and shaped. It's simple and elegant, I like it.

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    I am usually leery of H2O2, because I have the stronger solution around... But I like the spit solution and let me, in the same spirit, bring up...Coffee! Now, I used coffee mostly on dried blood left on painted surface, like, electrical panel being populated with the help of sharp power tools. That sometimes involve blood, but if one does not notice (when I mean sharp, I mean SHARP), you take a look at the end and ooopsie! So you go get a bandaid and a fresh cup of joe and dribble some on the dried blood, wait for it to mingle with the plasma and what-have-you (who knows about what's in blood nowadays. I mean, when was last time you met a vampire? Exactly. There must be a reason for that) and just wipe. Gone. That brings us to Papaya extract. Ask hunters (or their wives) what they use to clean those favorite jeans after gutting and handling/bringing back a deer carcass. By the time you are back home, the blood is caked into the garments. Papaya extract removes you from the list of suspect... Wet the garment, rub the stuff in, rinse, repeat if necessary, wash the garment (cold water, in case you missed a spot, hang to dry, in case you missed a spot... Now, if the hunting part offended any of you out there, just remember: The word "Vegan" is an old Native American word that means "Can't shoot straight"... So, cut me some slack, eh? (Pun Absolutely Intended!)

    Beats using a scissors.

    at Skylane. I found a spray cap to fit a bottle of H2O2, after I had already bought the expensive little one. But now I have one for the laundry as well as the bathroom.

    Toothpaste does the job and many other stains very easily

    Make the effort to see "The Adventures of Barry McKenzie" - with Dame Edna in the blood transfusion scene......

    One other thing (an old nursing trick from my Mum):-).

    Heat will speed up the clotting reaction so it's always best to use cold water and, even if the blood is congealed, giving the fabric a long soak in cold water (for a few hours) will often get all or most of the stain out.
    It's best to only soak the stained part of the garment to avoid rusting zips etc. & causing the dye to run in other parts of the garment.

    This is especially useful in places (like the UK) where it's harder to find peroxide or when your in the middle of nowhere.

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    ... Forgot to say: great 'ible as usual! Thanks.

    The most suspicious title I've ever seen for an Instructable...

    me too a psoriasis patient my inner are stained with blood.
    Thank you for sharing

    God bless you.

    does this work on shower curtains? asking for a friend

    I thank you. I am afflicted with a disease , too, called Clumsyitis. I can cut myself any number of times and have never done a home remodeling project without shedding blood, which usually winds up on clothes.

    I've always been a bleeder too. Even if I sat down a litlle to rough, Blood came pooring out of my nose.

    Another good method is to use common shampoo.

    Just like any other method, this works better on fresh blood then on dry blood, but you can remove dried blood with shampoo too with good results.

    Anyone normally has shampoo at home, so this is an even easier method.

    And most important, with normal shampoo, it does not bleach or stain the fabric.