Blood stains are one of the biggest household laundry challenges. Once the stain has set it can be almost impossible to remove, and it may have you reaching for some pretty harsh chemicals to try and get it out. While not every stain can be removed, these natural cleaning tips will resolve most of them without the possible harmful effects of chemical alternatives.
Natural Blood Stain Removers
- Blood is easily cleaned when it’s still fresh. Before blood dries, use club soda or cold water. Dry with a towel. If necessary, repeat the process.
- Make a paste of either cornstarch or cornmeal and water. Rub the paste into the stain and put in the sun to dry. After the paste has dried, use a brush to whisk the residue off the fabric.
- Pour full strength hydrogen peroxide directly onto the spot. The peroxide will fizz just like it would on an open wound. Blot with a damp cloth until the stain is gone. Rinse out with water and launder as usual. Be aware that peroxide can bleach clothing, so you may want to test colorfastness in an inconspicuous place first.
- Vinegar poured directly on the stain is one of the most effective methods to clean blood. Blot until the stain is removed and rinse with water to remove the vinegar smell.
- Mix up a solution of 1 part baking soda and two parts water. Blot the stain with the mixture until it’s lifted out of the fabric. Use a clean damp cloth or sponge to remove the baking soda, then launder.
- Mix 1/4 cup borax in 1 cup water and apply directly to the stain, or mix 1 cup borax in 1 quart of water to soak your fabric. After the stain is removed rinse well with water, then wash as usual.
Remember no matter what method you use that heat will set the stain, so until you have removed the blood, don’t put clothes in the dryer or use an iron. Always use a blotting method rather than rubbing the spot. Rubbing spreads the stain further and causes it to set into the fibers. Last, make sure you check the labels on your clothing. Some materials can’t be submerged in water. Choose a blotting method for anything that recommends dry cleaning only, like silk or wool.
Again, nothing gets out every blood stain, but these methods are effective the majority of the time, allowing you to be both clean and green!Image courtesy of WikiHow.com