There’s no difference in how to clean white blouses, blue jeans, summer dresses, or even underwear if they’ve been stained by an injury or your period. Bleach (the stain-busting MVP) can discolor or destroy your clothing, so check the care labels before attempting to remove blood stains. Using bleach on wool, silk, mohair, leather, spandex, and non-colorfast hues are not suggested, therefore always follow the care instructions.
Carolyn Forte, Executive Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab, has put together a guide on how to get blood out of clothes for those who are dealing with a type and color of fabric that bleaches effectively. If chlorine or non-chlorine bleach isn’t an option for your garment, you’ll need to turn to various stain removers, detergents, and treatments to get the job done. You can also use a product like Carbona Stain Devils #4, which is designed specifically to remove blood stains. In the event that you are uncertain about a product’s safety, try it out on an inside seam or hem first.
To get rid of stains, Forte recommends using cleaning products that have been proven to work time and time again and following the product’s usage and dosage instructions. They may be updated or modified as product formulas change.
How to Remove Blood from Clothes
A new bloodstain is the easiest to remove, as is the case with most other stains. Do not delay in locating the necessary supplies in your medicine cabinet and laundry room as soon as you see blood on your clothes.
As quickly as possible, use cold water to soak the discoloration. The fresher the stain, the better the results you’ll get from running it under cold water.