Remove Blood Stains Even After Drying

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Introduction: Remove Blood Stains Even After Drying

Here's a neat trick to get blood stains out of white sheets even after they've been set by the dryer. **EDIT** The following instruction is what worked for me, but please read through the comments before doing this. Some users found that using higher-strength peroxide resulted in tearing or fraying of the fabric after washing, and others have modified this instruction with different results. There is a lot of great feedback from those who shared their experience using this method, so please review the comment section before attempting. Thank you to all who have contributed.

Step 1: Materials

All you need is some hydrogen peroxide, a clean rag, a spray bottle with clean water, and a hot iron.

Step 2: Soak

Pour peroxide on the stain and give it a good scrub with the clean rag. Feel free to use as much peroxide as you're comfortable with - you want to really give the stain a good soak, followed by a good scrub. Give it one last splash, and let sit for 5 minutes or so.

Step 3: Add Heat

Once it's had a chance to soak for a few minutes, take your hot iron and go over the spot until the stain disappears. You may notice a ring around where the peroxide was - just wet it with the spray bottle and go over it with the iron again. Voila!

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    Thank you to everyone who has commented and shared your results. I have added an edit to the introduction which references the comments, so that users have all of the information they need before attempting this. I sincerely appreciate all of the feedback.

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    That was a great idea to mention to read the comments. I found a comment where a hair dryer was used, inplace of an iron.

    tried this on a light coloured sheet after 2 soaks with hydrogen peroxide and 2x 30oC washes hadn't had any effect. the results are now tolerable but won't be using this sheet for guest bed

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    BoD12

    7 months ago

    SLIGHT VARIATION - no iron - seemed to work

    I just tried it 10 minutes ago- worked wonderfully, with a slight difference. Using your kitchen faucet sprayer instead of an iron.

    I've had lots of luck with the sprayer when able to treat blood stains immediately, simply spraying with the kitchen sprayer, so water passes through the cloth.

    This time, had sheets with some stains (don't judge me, weren't exactly 700-thread-count Egyptian cotton... it was still a cotton/poly blend... but nicer sheets... and had a clear "no bleach" on the tag)

    In this case- I had sprayed the stains heavily with the water, getting some of the color out. Then, used the hydrogen peroxide (the normal 3% brown bottle from the grocery store or pharmacy)... just poured some over it - you'll notice the stains turning white immediately, like a reverse image (all the bubbles working). even let it sit for a few seconds - then sprayed some more.

    holding up to window with afternoon sun, I could still see the stains a bit, some brown outlines on the edges. repeated teh process a few more times, trying hot and cold water with teh sprayer (I do have pretty good water pressure- so may make a difference).

    Just took them out of the wash, and I cannot even FIND the stains, holding them up to the sunlight as a backlight... they seem to be totally gone!

    so i haven't used this method but ive been reading the comments and i have found that with my delicates, i can just leave them in the hamper with the blood on them for a week or so and right before i throw them in the washer i will pour peroxide on the blood stains. THen i start the washer andby the time i take them out of the dryer (because i always forget to look until i'm putting them away) the blood will be gone

    Does this work? Yes. Does this destroy clothes? Yes.

    Be warned! If the tag on your clothes says: Do not bleach, do not use this method. If bleach is safe, then proceed.

    I noticed blood stain on my sheets, 800 thread count sateen 100% cotton teal in color, already dry, put stain remover on and washed and dried them. Didn't notice stain was still there until I went to iron. After reading (didn't read comments by the way til afterwards) I soaked a cotton ball in 3% hydrogen peroxide and dabbed on stain, let sit about 5 minutes then ran hot iron over until dry and stain was gone with no damage! Thank you! Now, does anyone know how to get a yellow Ramon noodle stain out of carpe??? Peroxide didn't do it or baking soda...

    update. As mentioned work out with my wife's skirt. BUT after washing the dress was all ripped where I had done the cleaning. I figured it had got snagged in the washer somehow. I just removed some blood on some sheets and low and behold, the sheets are all ripped there as well. SO, spot is removed but the perioxide and iron somehow breaks down the fibers and ruins the sheets or clothing. Better to have a stain than have to throw the item away. I would not recommend this anymore

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    I've also tried to remove spots with household beach (un-diluted) and had the same problem with the bleach actually deteriorating the fabric. Had to throw the cotton sweater away. Bummer!

    Please edit your tutorial and add this to the top! It's crucial to know BEFORE trying the method. Thanks!

    What % hydrogen peroxide did you use? I see that people are using varying strengths and I was wondering if a stronger peroxide might be responsible for the fabric breaking down.

    I used grocery store 3%. It ruined the sheet and destroyed my wife nice dress. Happened after the first washing like it had washed with acid. No stain...wait no fabric ?

    This totally worked! I have an iron but didnt feel like dragging it out so i used my hair straightener and it worked just the same! Thanks!

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    Thanks,

    The "hair dryer" sounds great! I get steam on high settings with my iron, and not sure if that might adversely effect the outcome.

    Sorry, people, but this method does NOT work. At all. I specifically created an account to be able to comment on this. I have tried this method several times, with different stains, as my 4-year-old son gets nosebleeds a lot. Don't waste your time, I did, and am super disappointed.

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    Worked for me like a charm. On a blood stain that had been there for awhile and through the dryer. No trace of it left.

    yep I agree. it does not work and I have tried everything.

    perhaps sometimes its not possible... in certain circumstances...

    I am on heart medication . statins. anti coagulants... and feel perhaps ....this is perhaps the main reason??

    I have high cotton thread white Egyptian cotton l sadly very noticeable too .

    any other tips would be gratefully received.... , but really ... I have tried all preparatory products. to no avail ?

    I just tried it myself last night. First, make sure your hydrogen peroxide is new. I found that with one set of sheets, all I had to do is use the peroxide and rub the stain. That's all it took! Then I tried a mattress pad & another pair of sheets (my husband gets bloody noses) and found it was quite a bit more tricky. I repeated the steps several times and the stain got quite a bit lighter, but never completely disappeared. I think it is because my iron wouldn't get hot enough - it's a steam iron and produces lots of lovely steam but the iron itself does not get terribly hot. That's my theory at least. The stains did get light enough that they are barely noticeable.

    Peroxide has a relatively short shelf life. Could this have been the problem?