How To Remove Blood Stains From Clothes
If you have a blood stain on your clothes, we can help you get your clothes looking spotless again. Blood stains can happen for a number of different reasons, and luckily there are a number of ways to get them out.
Level Of Effort
- This process can take anywhere from 30 minutes to an hour.
- Paper Towels
- Cold Water
- Laundry detergent containing enzymes (Persil Stain Fighter)
The Quick and Dirty Tips
Here are the most important things to remember when treating blood stains in your clothes. This is just a quick summary and we’ll go into further detail below.
- Read the tag to understand the material of the clothing item.
- Try to remove all the blood with a napkin or paper towel while the stain is still wet.
- Flush with cold water.
- Pretreat by soaking with cold water and enzymatic detergent.
- Wash with a stain-fighting enzymatic laundry detergent. (Recommend: Persil® ProClean® Stain Fighter)
- Start treatment before reading the tag.
- Expose the stain to heat.
Step 1: Assess The Situation
Different fabrics will respond differently to stains and treatment, so we always recommend checking the tag before doing any type of treatment.
Read the tag first to understand the type of material you’re working with.
Cotton - Highly durable, can take more stress.
Silk & Polyester - More delicate so be less abrasive and don’t expose to any heat.
Wool - Delicate, use a lower amount of detergent when treating stain.78
Leather & Suede - Needs professional dry-clean attention.
Step 2: Remove The Blood
This may sound like common sense, but you want to remove as much blood from the garment as possible.
- Blot the stain to remove any additional blood. This helps to lift as much blood out your clothes as possible before treatment. Rubbing the stain will spread or push the blood deeper into the garment.
- Rinse with cold water. In a pinch? Room temperature water or ice cubes can work as a substitute, but ideally you’ll want to run the stain under a faucet or hose.
Pro-Tip: Blood is a tough stain, and can set if exposed to heat. Make sure that you keep your water cold throughout the whole process. Just think “Cold-Blooded”.
Step 3: Treat The Stain
Since blood is a protein stain (animal based), it will take some work to get all of the molecules out of your garment. Persil ProClean has stain-fighting enzymes that can break down those molecules.
- Pour a small amount of detergent on the stain so that it completely covers up the area. A tablespoon should be enough to completely cover the stain.
- Break up the stain particles by rubbing the fabric of your cloth together vigorously once you’ve applied the detergent.
- Let the detergent sit on the stain for 5 minutes once you’ve treated it before moving on to step 4.
Pro-Tip: Laundry detergent isn’t the only thing that can help break up a blood stain, you can also try the above method with salt, meat tenderizer, or ammonia if detergent isn’t available.
Step 4: Wash and Dry
Now that you’ve done all the manual work, let the machine do the rest.
- Wash the clothing in your laundry machine like a normal load on a cold setting.
- Hang your garment to dry to prevent setting the stain in the dryer.
- Check the garment and repeat if necessary until the stain has been completely removed.
If you did all this and still can’t get the stain out, we recommend soaking the stain for 30 minutes in a mixture of laundry detergent and cold water. Then, you can try washing again.