Cleaning Blood Off Of Clothes
Trying to remove dried blood from clothes can feel like a pretty intimidating task. You might not know what product you should be using or if you even need bleach. Before you even begin, consider a few questions: What kind of clothing am I dealing with? Clothing containing different fibers require different stain removal techniques. How big is the stain? You may be able to handle the safe cleaning of very small dots of blood, but larger amounts of blood may require the clothing to be thrown away.
Why Is It So Hard To Remove Blood?
The hemoglobin in blood causes it to clot when exposed to air. This clotting ability helps heal wounds more quickly and helps prevent profuse blood loss. Unfortunately, blood clotting also binds it to any surface on which it is spilled, making it difficult to remove from fabric and clothing. These 6 steps can help remove blood from clothes.
How to Remove Blood from Clothes
Do not attempt to remove large blood stains on your own. Blood can contain harmful pathogens like HIV, hepatitis B, hepatitis C, MRSA, or C. Diff that can infect those who have been in direct contact. For smaller blood stains to clothing, try the method below.
- Wet the blood stain with cold water. If the stain is fresh and still wet, soak fabric in cold water immediately.
- Rub with soap. Rub the stain well with a bar of soap, lathering gently. Tip: For light-colored fabrics, dab with a hydrogen peroxide, which acts like bleach.
- Re-soak the blood stain with a pre-treatment stain remover. If the stain has already dried, spray with a stain-removal solution. Let it soak in.
- Dab on diluted ammonia. Apply a small amount of diluted ammonia to the area with a cotton swab.
- Launder fabric. Machine-wash the fabric using an enzyme detergent (most standard laundry soaps are enzyme-based), which breaks down protein stains. Enzyme cleaners are non-toxic and biodegradable, meaning they are safe to use in your home. Make sure the blood has lifted before putting fabric in the dryer, as the heat will set the stain.
Blood Stain Removal from Delicate Fabrics
When you’re removing blood stains from a delicate fabric, you need a gentler approach. Here’s how to remove blood stains (even dried stains) from silk and wool:
- Silk – Mix 250 ml of cold water with a teaspoon of salt and pour the mixture into a spray bottle. Spray the solution onto the stain and rub it in using a clean cloth. Leave it on for 10 minutes and then rinse the solution out with cold water. After this pre-treatment, wash the garment as directed on the care label’s instructions.
- Wool – Soak for an hour in cool water. Soaking bloodstained fabric in cool water can help break up the stain and make it easier to remove. Then you should wash as usual. Sometimes, soaking bloodstained fabric and then washing it in the washing machine is enough to remove a dried blood stain. Scrub with soap and water and have patience. Lastly, use an enzymatic cleaner. If soap and water do not adequately remove the stain, move on to an enzymatic cleaner, which will biodegrade the stain.
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