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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    85 Discussions

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    Ally_B2
    Ally_B2

    6 months ago on Step 3

    You, you saved my best set of reusable pads!
    I have allergies so I can’t wear commercial pads. I began using cloth ones almost a decade ago and never had a problem, until recently.

    My best pads were... ruined. I don’t know how or why but no amount of hydrogen peroxide, sunlight and soaking in various substances helped.

    I searched one more time on alternatives, and I found this entry.

    I poured the peroxide, pressed the iron and just like magic, the huge stains outside and inside (the top cotton fabric is very light) were gone. I simply couldn’t believe it.

    The top fabric turned out a bit yellow, but I believe in this case it was because the iron was too hot. It’s probably permanent, but I don’t mind because they look clean again.

    Thank you for sharing this valuable information.

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    reesenewman
    reesenewman

    8 months ago

    This worked perfectly. I had "older" hydrogen peroxide, watered it down a bit, sprayed it on the blood stained sheets, which are 100% white cotton, ironed, sprayed again and again, and ironed a few times and voila! the stains came out. There's still a faint outline of the stains but barely noticeable. I then washed the sheets in detergent, white vinegar in the fabric softener and 1/4 cup of baking soda in the drum and the sheets are back to being white! No rips no damage. They look and smell great. Thank you!

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    rsbickmore
    rsbickmore

    3 years ago

    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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    DianeP97
    DianeP97

    Reply 1 year ago

    This tip worked great on a white slipcover for a couch cushion. I will definitely remember this for the future. Thanks!

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    Megpohe
    Megpohe

    Reply 2 years ago

    Thanks!

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    jayedwin98020
    jayedwin98020

    Reply 3 years ago

    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.

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    DianeP97
    DianeP97

    1 year ago

    Great results —thank you! I had a sliplover for my white back couch cushion with drops of dried blood and tried washing with bleach in machine—no luck. After doing a google search, I tried this tip as soon as the slipcover came out of the water and bloodstains are gone after a few treatments. Definitely a tip I will remember for the future.

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    NormaD17
    NormaD17

    1 year ago

    Just finished trying this process. I'm very pleased. I was gentle with scrubbing and added peroxide, a dab of water then added heat. I did this 5 or six times because the quilt on which I was working had already been washed several times. Not all the drops of blood stain are completely gone but are probably unnoticeable to anyone but me. Thanks for the help!

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    Dancameron
    Dancameron

    4 years ago

    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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    MoniqueB39
    MoniqueB39

    Reply 1 year ago

    For chronic nosebleeds that run in the family, you may want to research HHT (hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia).

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    JanetW80
    JanetW80

    Reply 1 year ago

    I'm in the process of using this method now and so far...30 min in...no dice. It may be that it works best on cotton or some sheet-like stuff.

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    KathrynL35
    KathrynL35

    Reply 3 years ago

    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.

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    SylviaD19
    SylviaD19

    Reply 3 years ago

    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 ?

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    2sequoia
    2sequoia

    Reply 3 years ago

    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.

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    lwatt2
    lwatt2

    Reply 3 years ago

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

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    EllenM49
    EllenM49

    Reply 4 years ago

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

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    MercyVetsel
    MercyVetsel

    Reply 4 years ago

    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.

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    HeatherW199

    If you get the stain right away, before it has a chance to dry, peroxide is all you need. I've been doing this for years and it works every time on any fabric. Dont try to rinse it first, just pour peroxide on it and let it sit for a few minutes. You may need to use more peroxide after a few minutes, then just rinse it off. Once it dries, I've never been able to remove it.

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    NaomiR24
    NaomiR24

    2 years ago

    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
    BoD12

    2 years 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!