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How to Remove Dried Blood Stains

When kids get little cuts or scrapes, they’re always keen to get right back on the horse (or climbing frame … or tree … or bicycle) and try it all again. Often, the only sign of their adventure, other than a small plaster, is a dried blood stain on their clothes. Luckily for parents everywhere, it’s not too hard to get rid of these marks. Here’s how.

How to get rid of blood stains that have dried onto your clothes

When you’re trying to get rid of a stain, the first reaction is often to put your clothes in the wash or treat the stain with hot water. This is a bad move if you’re trying to remove blood stains, since heat can make them much harder to shift, even if they’ve already dried. Instead, follow our step-by-step guide to dried blood stain removal.

If you do get the chance to tackle the stain before it dries completely – act fast. It’s much easier to get a good result!

  1. Read the clothing label before you start – if your fabric is delicate, skip to the section below.
  2. Next, make sure you remove any clotted blood left on the surface of the fabric by scraping it off with a spoon or an old card.
  3. Wet the stain with some cold water.
  4. Put a small amount of bleach-free biological laundry detergent, such as Persil Bio Liquid, on a damp cloth and gently rub the stain. The bleach-free part is important: bleach can help the blood stain fix itself onto the fabric, making it even harder to shift.
  5. After 10 minutes, or when the stain has disappeared, rinse the garment with cold water and wash at the normal temperature.

How to get blood stains out of delicate fabrics

Although the method above works on a variety of fabrics, some delicate clothes will need a bit of extra attention to remove dried blood stains:

  • Silk: Pour a cup of cold water into a spray bottle and stir in one teaspoon of salt. Apply the solution to the stain, rubbing it in with a clean cloth. Let it soak for about 10 minutes before rinsing with cold water. Wash according to the instructions on the label.
  • Wool: Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide onto the dried blood stain, rubbing it in with a clean cloth. Let it sit for about five minutes before rinsing out with cold water. Repeat these steps until the stain has fully disappeared, then put it in the wash. This method can also be used to remove really stubborn dried blood stains on less delicate fabrics.

Before you try any dried blood stain removal method, it’s important to read the instructions on the products you’re about to use. When in doubt, test on a small part of the garment.

Have any other laundry quandaries we can solve, now that you know how to get rid of blood stains? Let us help you: check out our stain removal tips.

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