Are you wondering how you can get blood stains out of your sheets? You’re not alone. Women and families have to deal with this problem all the time. The only upside is that because the problem is so common, there are a lot of great solutions out there to help you get your sheets clean as new. Here, we’ve outlined the 5 quickest and easiest steps to get blood stains out of your sheets. Plus, we’re also giving you a few alternative tips in case you don’t have everything on hand.
1. Don’t let the stain sit
The longer the blood is on your sheets the harder it will be to get the stain out. So once you realize that there are blood stains, you should work quickly to get them washed.
2. Rinse with cold water
The first thing you should do is rinse your sheets with cold water as soon as you can. Avoid blotting or wiping your sheets because that can work the stain further into the fabric. Instead, quickly rinse with cold water to keep the stain from setting further so you can clean it better and faster.
3. Soak with an enzyme cleaner Enzyme cleaners are great because they make biological substances like starches, oils, fats and proteins — like those found in blood — break down quicker. So once you rinse your sheets with water, soak the sheets or the affected area directly in the enzyme cleaner with water. 4. For white sheets: try hydrogen peroxide If you have white sheets, and if there are sheets that have a dried blood stain, hydrogen peroxide is what you should reach for next. Enzyme cleaner might get a lot of the stain out, but hydrogen peroxide, which works like bleach, can really help lift the rest of the stain out of lighter fabrics. 5. Wash cold and hang dry After you spot clean, you still need to wash the entire sheet. Toss it in the washer with your regular detergent but be sure to keep it on the ‘cold’ cycle so that the stain doesn’t set any further in the heat — be sure to hang-dry your sheets as well for the same reason. And if you can hang your sheet in the sun that is even better, because the sun can work as a natural lightener.
Alternative tips to try If these steps don’t seem to work, here are some other blood stain removal techniques that might work instead.
- Vinegar and salt If you don’t have any enzyme cleaner or hydrogen peroxide on hand, reach for the vinegar instead. Mix three parts white vinegar with one part cold water and let your sheets soak in that for up to three hours. After that, you’ll want to use an old toothbrush to work and scrub some salt into the stained area. This will help further lift the stain before you toss it in the washing machine on the cold cycle.
- Baking soda
Another way you can remove the stain is to make a baking soda paste with cold water and apply it directly to the stain. You should do this after you have already rinsed the stain with cold water, then gently rub the paste onto the stain and lay the sheet outside in the sun to dry. When you go to remove the dried baking soda residue, you’ll notice most of the stain has lifted. You can simply repeat the process until the stain comes out fully.