How do you get bloodstains out of fabric?

@miamilady (4924)
United States
June 26, 2007 10:15am CST
I have a bloodstain on a light colored fabric, so I can't bleach it. It has already been washed and dried once. Do you know of anything that I can use to get it out?
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@speedy1279 (2667)
• United States
26 Jun 07
Well if it is a fresh blood stain then you can use peroxide on it. I have tried this and it does work. The best part is, peroxide will not bleach your clothes. But I have never tried it on blood stains that have already set in, so I am not sure if it would work. If the peroxide doesn't work the next best thing is Oxiclean. This stuff is the best stain remover. Follow the directions on the container and soak the fabric for a couple of hours. The longer you soak it the better it works. I have used this on all different kinds of stains and have never had any problems. Best of luck!
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
26 Jun 07
I have heard of peroxide. I didn't know if it would work on an old stain either. I may give it a try. So far oxyclean seems to be the most recommended. I think I have some of that. I'll try that too.
@mejluvya (213)
• United States
11 Jul 07
peroxide is absolutely the best and I keep two bottles in my house at all times! My husband is accident prone and tends to come home from work with blood on his uniforms at least once a week. Do not wash it until you use the peroxide and lightly brush the blood out with an old soft bristle toothbrush.
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
17 Jul 07
What does your husband do for a living??
• United States
26 Jun 07
The only thing I can think of is Oxy clean and that may or may not do it. Having been washed and dried once already will make it difficult to get out.
@Aurone (4757)
• United States
29 Jun 07
I agree Oxy clean is the master stain remover. Drying does set the stain. Good luck getting it out.
• United States
18 Sep 07
Lol an oxy clean plug. Just kidding. I heard that it doesn't really work though. Would you seriously recommend it to someone?
@sunshinecup (7880)
26 Jun 07
Peroxide is great for that. Grandma showed me that when I was little. You may need to put it on soak it up and repeat a few times, but it does a great job. Now with me telling you this, I am not an accessory to anything am I? *nervous laugh*
@miamilady (4924)
• United States
26 Jun 07
lol what you don't know, won't hurt you. better not to ask! lol j/k No, I didn't kill anyone! lafin
@meholl (510)
• United States
19 Sep 07
I have removed many set-in stains from blood to grease with a product called GOOP. You can find it in the automotive section of most stores. It is actually a hand cleaner, but says right on the tub that it will remove tough stains from clothing. I put some GOOP on the stain, rub it in a little, then walk away for about 5 minutes, then go at it some more. If GOOP doesn't do the trick the first time, I try again, and usually get the stain out. When I was the GOOP out of the clothing, I use Dawn Dish Detergent, as that helps too.
@Debs_place (10524)
• United States
4 Aug 07
I think you maybe out of luck on this -- drying heat sets the stain and at that point I think it is impossible to get out. I bought something called Orange Blaze from a door to door salesperson one time and that has gotten out stains that I had tried to remove for years but I ran out of it and have no idea where to get it now.
@girl079 (147)
• Malta
4 Aug 07
who did u murder?
@wiccania (3360)
• United States
31 Jul 07
It might not work since it's already been washed and dried, but if it happens again, try peroxide. Just pour a capfull or two on the stain before you wash it and let it bubble up for a bit. Be careful with more delicate fabrics, it can eat through them
• United States
31 Jul 07
I always use dial soap, the antibacterial kind.
@worldwise1 (14887)
• United States
17 Jul 07
I know that Hydrogen Peroxide poured directly onto the stain is good, miamilady. I think something like Oxyclean would work as well.
@lpetges (3036)
• United States
17 Jul 07
well if you hadn't washed it yet, i would have said peroxide, it bubbles the stain right out.. but now that its washed in, i don't know..good luck
@mummymo (23707)
1 Jul 07
Have you tried soaking it with salt on top and rubbing the salt in? That might help! xx
@tammyr (5954)
• Etowah, Tennessee
29 Jun 07
Spit on it! Yes that is what I said! SPIT! The enzymes in your spit help break down the blood. It really works, give it a try!
@magnel (2263)
• India
27 Jun 07
I guess there are various other detergents that helps to get the blood stains out of your clothes. Maybe you can try something different this time and get the expected results.
@castleghost (1304)
• United States
27 Jun 07
Ok this might sound weird but I have to tell you what my soon to be mother in law saids. Her one daughter is a nurse who is constantly getting blood on her uniforms is how she knows this works. You will need a can or bottle of cocoa cola. Pour a little of the soda on to the stain and work it in to the stain using your hands. You may need to rinse and repeat doing this a few times to get the stain out.
• Kottayam, India
27 Jun 07
wash it with freshwater only it will go do not use any other thing else.tell me if you succeeded.
@a_ce_e (1427)
• Philippines
27 Jun 07
everytime i encounter blood stain in colored fabric, i just soak the fabric immediately. I just pour it with warm water, then when i can tolerate the heat already, i soak it with detergent or bath soap to get rid of blood stain. It works on me.
@swtnss (264)
• United States
26 Jun 07
use vinegar, it gets bloodstains out
@jillmalitz (5132)
• United States
26 Jun 07
You might try hydrogen peroxide. Since you have already dried it in the dryer you may not have much luck no matter what you do. Dryers seem to set stains for good.
@PunkyMcPunk (1477)
• Canada
26 Jun 07
This is going to sound bizarre but it does work especially on whites.... Use Windex. Yes the blue coloured window washing stuff. I don't know why but it does work even on dried set stains. You will need to spray the area with the windex, let this sit for a little while and then put it in the wash, in the wash water mix in 2 cups of windex in the machine with the wash water. It should get it out in a jiff. You may need to put in a little more windex depending on the size of the load and how much water you use... Good Luck. Let us know how it turns out!
@wachit14 (3600)
• United States
26 Jun 07
You could have a problem getting it out because the heat from the dryer sometimes sets the stains even deeper. However, hydrogen peroxide works very well on blood stains, but it can lighten the color of the clothing so do a fabric test first. If you can't use the peroxide then use one tablespoon of liquid soap mixed with a little ammonia and soak in cold water only. Soak the garment for a little while then rinse with cold water. Good luck!