How to Remove a Blood Spot From a Cotton Pillow Case

Removing blood spots from fabric, such as a pillow case, requires a period of soaking to allow the particles to break down. Once the blood has disintegrated, the removal process can begin. Trying to launder the fabric before the blood has a chance to dissolve, may require several attempts of washing before the stain lifts. With the proper techniques, you can rid your pillow case of a blood spot.

Things You'll Need

  • Bucket

  • 1 tsp. dish-washing detergent

  • Stain remover

  • 1 tsp. heavy-duty laundry detergent

  • 1 tsp. baking soda

  • Cloth

Step 1

Run cold water over the blood stain on the pillow case. Rub the stain gently with the tips of your fingers to help loosen the blood.

Step 2

Fill a bucket with cold water and 1 tsp. dish-washing detergent. Place the blood-stained pillow case into the water and allow it to soak overnight.

Step 3

Remove the pillow case from the bucket and rinse the stain with cold water. Spray a stain remover over the remaining blood.

Step 4

Launder the pillow case in cold water and 1 tsp. heavy-duty laundry detergent. Inspect the stain after washing. If the stain remains, mix 1 tsp. baking soda with 2 tsp. water to make a paste.

Step 5

Apply the paste to the remaining stain, rubbing it gently into the fabric. Wipe the paste from the pillow case with a damp cloth. Launder the pillow case again with laundry detergent and cold water.


Place the pillow case in the dryer only after removing the blood spot.

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