There is much information you can find online regarding removing blood stains from clothing, but few address how to remove blood stains from clothing or other laundry that has already been washed. Below are some proven methods for removing old, already laundered blood stains:
- Soak the blood stained item in COLD water and bleach for a minimum or 20 minutes (if the item is not white, you may want to use one of the other methods).
- Use a toothbrush, or just your fingers, to rub salt on the stain, and let sit for another 20 minutes or so. (you can use meat tenderizer instead of salt, as this also helps break down the proteins in blood.)
- Rinse with COLD water.
- Launder with Oxyclean. Check to be sure the stain is gone before drying. If the stain is still there, repeat the process until the stain is no longer visible.
- Soak the blood stained item (or spot) in Hydrogen peroxide. You can mix with cold water to dilute if you are worried about discoloration. You can soak for as long as it takes until you visibly see a difference.
- Spray stain with Zout, Oxiclean or equivalent laundry stain treatment. You can also use more Hydrogen peroxide mixed with Dawn dishsoap and scrub with a toothbrush.
- Soak in water (in washer) with lots of Oxiclean (or preferred stain remover) for a few hours, then wash.
- Check to see if stain is still visible before drying. If the stain is still there, repeat process until the stain is no longer visible.
- This may be the best method to use if the item is colored or more delicate: Soak the blood stained item in a heavy concentrate of Oxyclean (minimum 2-3 scoops for every 3-4 gallons of water).
- Let soak for a few days, or until the stain is no longer visible.
- Then wash normally in COLD water. You may not need laundry detergent since the item will be heavily saturated with Oxyclean already.
- Check to see if stain is still visible before drying. If the stain is still there, repeat the process until the stain is no longer visible, or try another method.
- Aquire a bar of Fels-Naptha laundry soap. Get an old toothbrush and rub on the bar of soap until well saturated.
- Wet the stain(s) with cold water and scrub, on both sides, with the toothbrush.
- Then pour Hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain until it is thoroughly saturated, and scrub again with the toothbrush.
- Launder as usual. Check to see if stain is still visible before drying. If the stain is still there, repeat the process until the stain is no longer visible, or try another method.
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