It’s summer time and you’ve finally bought those white shorts that you have been eyeing down for weeks. You slip them on and head out the door, knowing you look fabulous in them. The day is going great until oh sh*t code red has just happened (literally). You see a period blood stain on your new white shorts. And all you can think to yourself is “seriously, I JUST bought these!”
But don’t worry, we’ve all been betrayed by Mother Nature, we have tips and tricks on how to remove period stains from clothing and fabric, and even how to remove blood stains from white clothes.
Removing blood stains from fabric and removing blood stains from clothing even if it is white, is very similar so whether it is your sheets or your shorts, try doing these tips and tricks for ultimate removal.
First things first, if you can, try to act quickly and remove the blood stain right away after you notice it. Blood stains are much easier to remove before they set in. Removing dried blood stains from clothing can be a lot trickier.
Household items that can be used to remove menstrual blood stains are:
- Vinegar: put white vinegar on the stain and let it soak for 5-10 minutes.
- Hydrogen peroxide: Note that hydrogen peroxide can bleach or weaken certain fabrics, so try using it on a very small area first. And it only works on wet blood. Put 3% hydrogen peroxide on the stain, then rinse with fresh water and wash as normal.
- Cold salt water: soak the fabric in cold salt water for 3-4 hours then rub the stain with laundry detergent and put it in the wash.
- Baking soda: run the stain under cold water, then sprinkle with baking soda and lastly rub the fabric gently and run again under water then wash as normal.
If you are not at home:
- Try grabbing a can of cola (pop) and begin soaking the stain. (Yes, seriously!) The reason it can break up stains is because of the carbonic and phosphoric acid inside.
- Rub soap and cold water on the stain and scrub together. Make sure to use cold water, because hot water can make the stain set it in!
Removing dried blood stains from clothing can be a bit tricky, but still try these tips, even if you don’t notice the stain until much later.
- Rinse and Wash: If there is any dried blood on the surface of the clothing or fabric try scraping it off. Rinse the stain with cold water from the back.
- Baking soda: make a paste by mixing one part baking soda and two parts cold water and dab it onto the blood stain with a cloth. Leave for 30-40 minutes then wipe it off.
Finally after completing either of those options, wash the item as usual in your washing machine.