Introduction: Remove Blood Stains Even After Drying

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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

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

Step 2: Soak

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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

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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!


BoD12 (author)2017-12-14

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!

KaylaK40 (author)2017-10-26

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

NeilM138 (author)2017-10-11

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.

BrandiB46 (author)2017-06-25

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...

Shawn H (author)2016-08-22

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

jayedwin98020 (author)Shawn H2017-06-22

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!

son0fhobs (author)Shawn H2016-11-26

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

CaitlinO (author)Shawn H2016-10-01

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.

Shawn H (author)CaitlinO2016-10-02

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 ?

rsbickmore (author)2017-01-05

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.

jayedwin98020 (author)rsbickmore2017-06-22

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.

JillG40 (author)2017-01-22

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!

jayedwin98020 (author)JillG402017-06-22


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

Dancameron (author)2016-07-14

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.

KathrynL35 (author)Dancameron2017-06-17

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.

SylviaD19 (author)Dancameron2017-04-10

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 ?

2sequoia (author)SylviaD192017-04-10

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.

lwatt2 (author)Dancameron2017-02-13

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

EllenM49 (author)Dancameron2016-07-19

ive just tried it on a wedding dress that's had dried blood for months and it worked.

MercyVetsel (author)Dancameron2016-07-14

The only step that had any effect for me was setting the iron to the very highest setting and then pressing it against the area soaked with peroxide and steaming away the moisture. Scrubbing, soaking and spraying water had no effect for me. In fact it worked better when I just poured the peroxide on the dry fabric and then blasting it with the iron.

revwarreenactor (author)2017-06-07

I am terrified the high heat would melt my part polyester shirt.

KateL34 (author)revwarreenactor2017-06-16

It probably would. Put a cotton teatowel over the area then iron on the high setting. Don't stay down on the area too long tho. Poly is poly

pinkbutterfly (author)2017-06-12

Thank you so much for this, worked like a charm! Thought my favorite bed sheets were goners but they've been revived! =D

Duboisca (author)2017-05-14

I just tried this on a down comforter in the guest room which had been folded so I didn't know about the bloodstains for 2 months. I have to admit I was doubtful, but, as another responder said, I had nothing to lose. I can't believe after repeated applications of the hydrogen peroxide and the hot iron, there is no trace of a stain at all, and as nearly as I can tell, none of the down was damaged either. Thank you for the wonderful advice.

WilliamU10 (author)2017-03-19

I just tried in on a few stains on my 100% Egyptian Cotton Sheets (Beige) that had been stained with a small amount of blood in several spots. I used the full strength

hydrogen peroxide (2%) and got the Iron to max heat. I poured it directly on the stains and immediately used the iron with some pressure and viola! all the stains that I had previously tried to get out, (and might I add they have been laundered several times after trying to clean previously) they ALL came out. I will update after I wash them again, but I doubt there will be any problems. Thanks so much for this!

houndjog. (author)2017-01-05

BRILLANT! Washed the sheets and found some stains. Use hydrogen peroxide alone with a tooth brush and most immediately came out. A deep dark stain required the hot iron. Throughly please with the results!

Beverly Campbell (author)2016-12-12

I am reporting back on the success of getting the blood out of the carpet where our kitty had passed away. I used this method and managed to get all the stain out. I used my home carpet cleaner with cold water first and then spraying with hydrogen peroxide 3%. Took about an hour but saved me from having to buy new carpet.

Beverly Campbell (author)2016-12-11

We had a kitty pass away last night and had been very sick. There is a large stain of blood on the carpet and am hoping this will take it out. I will post with my results.

anonypants (author)2016-10-31

this worked like a charm!

two helpful things to know based on reading some other reviews:

1) for everyone who was using for the a stain created by a lady... lets just say the stain isn't all blood so the rest of the stain might need a different approach (oxiclean detergent should do the trick)

2) for everyone who is ruining clothes, you need to read the tags on the item to make sure you aren't burning the material. i would recommend using an steamer if you have it or putting it on a lower setting and being more patient with more and slower rounds.

Bronagh (author)2016-09-27

my problem here is that I can't use the iron .. The blood stain is on my sons white boxing boots on a meche area beside plastic ??

He out the boots through the wash himself without pre treating .. Would the peroxide make the stitching weak if applied anyway ?

kkal (author)2016-09-10

I am having company tonight and thought I was going to have to go buy some new sheets. The blood stains had been treated and washed twice and they were still very obvious, I soaked the area with the peroxide, ironed using a lot of force and reapplied peroxide and ironed until the stains were gone! Miraculous! Thank you, Thank you, Thank you!

JulieW92 (author)2016-08-30

I have had many blood incidents and usually if i dont get hydrogen peroxide to it immediately i assume theres no use. Well i pulled out a pair of shorts that had a big blood spladder on it and had no idea how long it had been there. I did my normal hydrogen peroxide scrub with wash cloth but it barely did anything. I thought putting heat on it was crazy but at this point i had nothing to lose and it worked! I can only barely see a timy trace of the biggest spot but only cuz i know its there. The rest are gone! Im so happy i found this trick!

JediB (author)2016-08-25

I didn't think this was working UNTIL I scrubbed the stain with a small amount of laundry detergent gently with a toothbrush right after the peroxide/iron treatment. Came right out!! Thank you!! ?

TaberV (author)2016-08-20

Just used this and it most definitely worked. However, it worked best when I poured the hydrogen peroxide on it and immediately used the iron. I did follow the first steps of scrubbing and soaking but in the end what really took it out was steaming the freshly poured hydrogen peroxide out. Very glad I found this - certainly a great solution.

Shawn H (author)2016-08-15

I made an account just to post that dancameron is luckily wrong. This worked perfectly. Let's just say my wife was wearing sometime without "wings" (ladies you know what I am talking about). A bad bleed through while shopping on her favorite Black White white and floral linen dress. I (the husband) do the stain removing part of laundry duty. Normally hydrogen peroxide takes it out but I only had a little. I remember my mom telling me super hot water will take out anything. (It worked on blueberry stains). Sadly the hot water trick didn't work and then I saw on a Google search that hot water will just set in a blood stain. We thought that her dress was ruined until I saw this p, bought some new hydrogen perioxide and used this method. ALL traces of the multiple blood stains are gone!!!

Gailesykes (author)2016-08-10

This is AMAZING!!! I've had blood stains on sheets for years and have tried everything to get them out. Using this method, In 60 seconds they were gone! The sheets look like new! I am so grateful for this tip!

AlisonB25 (author)2016-08-07

This absolutely works. I thought my new skirt was ruined forever. The is no trace of a stain at all.

MichaelaR9 (author)2016-07-23

It does work

EllenM49 (author)2016-07-19

This 100% works, don't know what Dancameron has tried. Iv just tried it on a wedding dress and it came out. It hasn't come out completely, but it's 'hardly' visible, you would really have to look. x

MercyVetsel (author)2016-07-14

Awesome technique!!! Saved a very nice comforter.

Every other site basically tells you that you're out of luck if it's already been baked in. I found that soaking and scrubbing was a waste of time and only applying the iron did anything.

I set the iron to it's hottest setting, positioned the stain on the edge of the ironing board and then:

1. Pour 3% hydrogen peroxide for CVS on the stain so that the entire section that will be touching the iron is soaked. It helped that the bottle has a little spout for controlled pouring.

2. Hold the corner of the iron on the stain until the stain is almost dry

3. Repeat steps 1 and 2 until the stain isn't noticeable.

This was a very set in stain and each iteration took away about half the remaining stain away. It took me 4 or 5 rounds to get the stain to the point where it's barely visible.

MelanieS65 (author)2016-07-09

I've been using hot water and peroxide for years, but the addition of the iron and spray bottle worked AMAZING!!!!!!!! (on my mutli colored cotton clothes)

AreiannaG (author)2016-06-28

thank you so much!!!

BoyzindaH (author)2016-06-27

Worked like a charm on my vintage dress! Thank you, thank you, thank you.

susanjbrown99 (author)2016-06-27

Worked brilliantly for me - like the blood stain was never there, despite washing countless times. However, the hydrogen peroxide burned my fingertips. Might be a good idea to wear gloves. The stuff I got from the pharmacy was 0.9% = lethal for fingertips!!!!

sarahbixby (author)2016-06-05

I needed my glasses, I thought it read "How to remove blood stains even after Dying"

hahahahha. Well the ingredients do work....

BarbJ3 (author)sarahbixby2016-06-26

me too!!!!?

jec0435 (author)sarahbixby2016-06-05


jayedwin98020 (author)2016-06-05

I guessing, soaking both sides of the material wouldn't be a bad approach.

DarrenT4 (author)2015-09-21

I'm guessing this will not work on colored sheets. I mean, it will probably work to remove the strain, but will probably leave a colorless white spot in my cream colored sheets too, correct?

SarahE7 (author)DarrenT42016-06-05

To answer your question, no; hydrogen peroxide, unlike chlorine bleach, will not remove most commercial dyes from fabric, your sheets should be safe.

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