Human blood contains proteins that coagulate when cleaned up incorrectly. This thickening of the stain is similar to cooking an egg; the egg is loose and runny while it's raw, then becomes solid cooked. Heat from water or other sources is a common culprit in setting menstrual and other blood stains. Successful removal of menstrual stains from bed sheets depends upon fast action and treatment with the right cleaning supplies and techniques.
Things You'll Need
- Paper towels
- Meat tenderizer
- Scrub brush
- Enzymatic stain remover
- Clean cloths
- Eye dropper
- Hydrogen peroxide
- Laundry detergent
Blot blood from your bed sheets by laying paper towels on top of the stain and applying pressure. Remove as much as possible by continuing to press clean paper towels into the blood stain.
Cover your bed sheets at the site of the stain with meat tenderizer. Allow the meat tenderizer to remain on the menstrual stains for 30 minutes to break down the proteins in the blood. Brush the meat tenderizer into the garbage with a dry scrub brush.
Apply enzymatic stain remover to the blood stain to help loosen it. Leave the stain remover on the fabric for 10 minutes then flush the fabric with cool water.
Dampen a clean cloth with ammonia then add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the cloth. Sponge the remaining menstrual stain with the solution until it's removed.
Wash your bed sheets with cool water and laundry detergent. Check to make sure the entire stain is gone before drying your sheets since the dryer's heat will set any remaining stain.
Tips & Warnings
- Pour undiluted 3 percent hydrogen peroxide onto a fresh blood stain to loosen the stain then flush the fabric with cool water.
- If any menstrual stain remains on your bed sheets after you wash them launder them again with the addition of oxygen bleach.
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