Dried Blood Stain Removal From Clothing
What You'll Need Before You Start:
- Powdered Oxygen Bleach
- Protective Gloves Disposable
- Plastic Knife
- Clean White Cloth
- Heavy Duty Liquid Laundry Detergent
One of the biggest laundry challenges you'll ever face is the removal of dried blood from fabric. The fact that the blood is dried could mean that the stain is set permanently, such as in the case of a dried blood stain that was exposed to heat during the drying process. However, depending upon the length of time in which the stain has been present, it may still be possible to remove the stain.
The key is the steps you take to do so. Wetting a dried blood stain can immediately make a bad situation worse, spreading the stain and therefore making it larger than it was before. And, as stated above, if you use the wrong chemicals on the stain, such as chlorine bleach, you decrease your chances of removing the stain even more.
Removing a dried blood stain is a delicate process, so follow these instructions carefully:
- Don protective gloves.
- Using the disposable plastic knife, gently scrape as much of the dried blood away as possible, taking care not to damage the clothing fabric.
- Dampen a clean white cloth with cold water, and blot the stain just enough to dampen it without soaking it. Be careful not to let the stain bleed onto the fabric underneath, or other areas of the fabric.
- Make a thin past of the powdered oxygen bleach and cool water.
- Apply thickly to the stain, and allow to set several minutes, but not long enough to dry on the fabric.
- Rinse under cold water.
- If any stain remains, repeat steps 4-6 until the stain is removed.
- Wash according to label directions, adding heavy duty liquid laundry detergent according to the detergent label's instructions.
- Add one-half cup of powdered oxygen bleach to the wash load, as well.
- Hang to dry.