Blood Stain Removal

Posted on October 30, 2011 by Lyndsee Campbell

Zombie with blood on shirtSunday, Bloody Sunday

After receiving invitations to several Halloween parties this year, my husband and I decided to forgo hosting one of our own in favor of having a few close friends for dinner and a couple of scarey movies on a Sunday evening. Since nearly all of us have a serious fear of clowns, one of the movies we chose was Stephen Kings, “It.” We are a brave brood, indeed. I sat next to my husband on the couch. My best friend was on the other side of me and we held onto to each other like static cling as we prepared ourselves for for the bathroom scene, in which Richard Masur’s character was found dead in the bathtub. Much to my surprise, I didn’t cover my eyes when it came on, but rather found myself wondering about the challenge of getting all of that blood out of my clothes. I’m sure it was indicative that I spend way too much time thinking about laundry, but scarey movies aside, those of us with school-aged ghosts and goblins see our fair share of blood. Accidents happen and time is of the essence when you’re trying to prevent blood from ruining a perfectly good article of clothing. Without further adieu, here are some helpful tips to assist you with your mission.

1. Immediately apply cold water to the affected area. The emphasis here is on cold water, because warm and hot water do funky things to hemoglobin, which in turn causes blood to set into clothes. It’s also important to blot the stain, since rubbing it will only work it further into the fabric.

2. Fill a basin with soap and water. Use liquid hand soap or a bar of bath soap and suds it up. Swish the article of clothing around and keep rinsing it. Use a sponge to dab the stain until it is gone.

3. If quality time in the basin doesn’t get rid of the stain, soak the garment in cold water for one hour and then add a powdered meat tenderizer to the water. Do not bother throwing in meat or potatoes. Just let the clothing sit for an additional 30 minutes and then rinse it with cold water, from back to front.

Once the stain is gone, wash the garment immediately with laundry detergent or allow it to dry a bit before putting it in a bag for your friendly neighborhood laundry service.