28 March 2023

How To Remove Old Blood Stains

Sometimes, blood stains on clothes and sheets are unavoidable. Whether they have come from period blood, a nosebleed, or even an accident, we can't always keep our lovely fabric free from blood stains. Likewise, we can't always act on blood stains immediately. Sometimes, we are away from home when the stains happen, and this allows the blood stain to dry. Old blood stains are much harder to remove than fresh blood stains, but rest assured, there are still ways to remove blood stains, even if you're dealing with dried blood.

Step-By-Step Guide To Removing Blood Stains From Sheets When The Blood Stains Consist Of Dried Blood

Waiting to remove a blood stain is usually not recommended, as acting fast to remove blood stains does make the process easier. But, if you had no other choice, do not fret. There is every chance you'll be able to remove blood stains even after time has passed.

To remove stubborn stains and get blood out of your sheets or clothing, you will need:

  • stain-removing laundry detergent
  • bar soap
  • fabric safe bleach
  • enzymatic cleaners (a liquid laundry detergent that contains enzymes)
  • ammonia
  • laundry pre treatment

Step One: Soak The Garment

Create a mixture of cold water and one or two teaspoons of liquid laundry detergent. Place your sheets with period stains or other old blood stains in the water and leave to soak. You should leave the material for several hours.

soak the garment

Step Two: Pretreat The Fabric

Using laundry pre treatment, follow the instructions to treat the fabric. If you cannot find pre-treatment, simply rub the dried blood stains with bar soap and then wash the fabric in warm water with fabric safe bleach.

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Step Three: If Necessary, Soak The Fabric Once More

For stubborn stains like old blood, or on lighter coloured sheets and delicate fabrics, you might find that the stain remains. This happens sometimes with both fresh and dried blood stains. It does not mean that you won't be able to remove dried blood stains, so don't worry.

All you need to do is soak the material again for a longer period of time. You may want to try mixing one quart water with one teaspoon of laundry detergent and a tablespoon of ammonia. Leave again for several hours.

Once you've soaked let the garment soak, you should repeat step two.


Step Three: Air Dry

The best way to dry fabric when you are trying to remove old blood stains is to let them air dry after you've done your machine wash. Just like using warm or hot water, using hot air may make the stain more stubborn.

Tips To Help Remove Blood Stains:

  1. If removing blood stains from denim, you should turn the fabric inside out and apply stain remover to the spot directly to treat the blood stains.
  2. Do not use hot water on blood stains, whether it's on your bed sheets, clothing or underwear. Using hot water can lead to the blood stains setting into the fabric, making them much harder to remove.
  3. Dab, don't rub! Using cold water and a washcloth, dab the stained area. Do not rub the stain as this can cause the blood to spread and sink further into your sheets. Dabbing the stain can remove excess blood that has not yet spread into your fabric. This can be really useful as you want to remove as much blood as possible, even if the stain isn't fresh blood anymore.
  4. Make sure that when you're removing blood stains, you don't machine wash on your normal washing cycle. You need to use a mild laundry detergent or mild bleach and cold water. Do not machine wash with warm water!

Other Methods Of Removing A Blood Stain From Fabric

Lemon Juice

It may sound odd, but lemon juice can really work to remove a blood stain. In fact, sometimes it can work better than something like a liquid laundry detergent!

To use lemon juice, soak your sheet in cold water and then apply lemon juice to the stain and gently rub it in. Rinse again with cold water and continue the process until you've effectively removed the blood stains.

lemon juice

Salt Water

For delicate fabric like silk, salt water is the best method of removing blood stains. You should mix one cup of cold water with a teaspoon of salt, then use a towel to wet the stain. Leave this for around ten minutes, and then rinse with cold water.

salt water


Aspirin is something that many people have in their homes. It's great for pain relief, but it is also really useful for stain removal. Crush up a few aspirin tablets and sprinkle it onto the stain. Then, add a small amount of cold water and scrub the area with a soft bristled brush.


Baking Soda

You can use cornstarch and baking soda in place of harsh chemicals like hydrogen peroxide to help get blood out of sheets. You should mix a tablespoon of cornstarch and baking soda with cold water and apply it as a paste to the stain. Dab the stain and leave the bed sheet in the sun to dry. Once the drying process is done, remove any excess paste. Repeat the process until you've managed to get the blood out of sheets.

baking soda

Hydrogen Peroxide

If you've got light sheets or white fabric that you need to get blood out of, you can use bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Make sure that you know that it is fabric safe bleach first, and then mix it with around 200 ml of cold water to dilute it. Carefully, apply it to the fabric and let it soak for 35 to 45 minutes to get blood stains out of your white sheets.


Stain Stick

Stain remover sticks are great for removing blood stains, after all it was what they were designed to do! Simply soak your sheets in a bath of cold water and then run the stain stick on the area that you need to get blood out of. Afterwards, shove the sheets in the washing machine and wash them with cold water. You should find that the stain stick and cold water work together to get blood out of your fabric wonderfully!

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