How to Remove Protein Stains

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Blood, deodorant and other protein-based stains are some of the most common--and some of the most troublesome--stains to remove. Protein stains include bodily fluids, foods such as milk, eggs and baby formula, and glue, deodorant, mud and similar substances. Removing protein stains requires time and effort, but it is possible to successfully restore your clothing, carpeting and furniture.


Remove Protein Stains

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Things You'll Need

  • Cold To Lukewarm Water

  • Enzymatic Cleaner

  • Ammonia

  • Clean Cloths

  • Detergent

  • Rubbing Alcohol

Step 1

Treat stains immediately. The newer the stain, the easier it will be to remove.

Step 2

Scrape off any excess stain, particularly if it has dried.


Step 3

Soak protein-stained garments in cold to lukewarm water. Avoid hot water, as this will set the stain. Add a detergent, an enzymatic cleaner and/or a tablespoon of ammonia. Rinse and wash as you normally would.

Step 4

Apply rubbing alcohol to protein-based stains on carpeting. Rub using a cloth, then rinse with water. For stubborn stains, add a detergent, then blot and rinse.

Step 5

Remove protein-based stains from furniture and upholstery by blotting with a mixture of detergent and cold water. Continue to blot until the stain is completely gone, then rinse.


You may wish to treat protein stains on garments using chlorine bleach. If so, avoid using or mixing with ammonia. The resulting fumes are harmful to your health.

It's a good idea to wear gloves when working with fresh bodily fluid stains that are not your own to prevent contamination.