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Blood Stain Removal Tips for Sheets

Blood Stain Removal Tips for Sheets

by Shelly Weaver-Cather | Jan 18, 2019

You’ve invested all that money in those cozy, comfy sheets, but accidents happen.

The last thing you want to do is trash a set of perfectly good sheets because of a few spots. Removing blood from your sheets can be done in quite a few ways, and if one method doesn’t work, another might be the trick.

Hydrogen peroxide

This method works best for light colors or white sheets—hydrogen peroxide may bleach darker colors.

There’s a reason it's a staple item in every single home. Hydrogen peroxide will bleach fabric and remove fluids from the fibers, which is why it's your best bet. Before reaching for that square, brown bottle in your medicine cabinet (you know, the one you bought in 2002?) you’ll want to rinse the stains with cold water to fade them as much as possible. Avoid warm water—it can cause the stain to set. Pour a few teaspoons of the hydrogen peroxide directly on the stains and let it do its thing for a few minutes.

After it fizzes for a bit, rub the fabric together to help work the stain out of the threads and then rinse with cold water again. You can repeat the steps if the stain is being particularly stubborn and then run it through your laundry as you normally would.

You should have a hard time telling where the stain was once the laundry is done!

White vinegar

If you’re looking for a natural blood stain remover, white vinegar poured directly on the stain can help dissolve it. You may need to soak it in the vinegar for about thirty minutes and then rinse with cold water and return it to soak in the vinegar a few times to fully clear the stain. Run it through your usual laundry process after to get rid of the vinegar smell—if it sticks around, try rinsing it with unflavored vodka to neutralize the scent.

If white vinegar alone just isn’t cutting it, try creating a thick paste of baking soda and water to apply to the stains before rinsing and soaking in the vinegar.

Wine out

Gonzo makes a natural wine stain remover that also works great on blood stains. Just apply the remover and let it sit for five minutes before laundering. The natural enzymes eat away at the stain and things should look good as new!

Baking soda and lemon

Lemon juice can be a great lightening agent and you likely already have both of the things you need in your home. Mix two parts lemon juice, one part baking soda, and blot it onto the stain. Let it sit for five minutes and then remove it with a sponge or by rinsing. Repeat as many times as necessary.

Coca-Cola

The carbonation and phosphoric acid in Coke can work wonders on stains. Pour a can of Coke directly onto the stain and let it sit until the stain is gone. This might take an hour or two depending on how set the stain is, but you should be able to tell once its fully lightened and wash it as usual.