Blood contains proteins, which can make removing bloodstains from clothing difficult. When the proteins in blood are exposed to heat, they can clot and sink between the different layers of the clothing fabric, so you may make the stain worse if you try to wash it with hot water. Bloodstains on white clothing can seem especially discouraging because of the contrast of the red against the white. Blood is a natural substance, however, so you can remove it more easily than artificially colored stains.
Things You'll Need
- Butter knife
- Heavy-duty liquid detergent
- 1 cup liquid chlorine bleach
Scrape any dried blood off the clothing item with a dull butter knife. Fill your sink with cold water, and add a capful of heavy-duty liquid detergent.
Place the stained clothing into the sink so it is completely soaked. Shake it lightly under the water so the detergent can effectively reach the stain.
Set your washing machine to warm temperature and add a capful of heavy-duty liquid detergent. Wash the stained clothing in the washing machine by itself with no other clothing.
Examine the clothing after it is finished washing to determine if any of the blood remains. If the bloodstain is still there, place the clothing back into the sink with the cold water and heavy-duty liquid detergent, and let it soak for about 30 minutes.
Read the item’s care label to determine whether it can be safely bleached. If so, pour one cup liquid chlorine bleach into your washing machine and fill it with warm water. Put the blood-stained clothing back into the washer, and wash it one more time. Hang the item up and let it air dry in case the fabric fibers are weakened from the bleach.