Stain Removal for Vampires, Serial Killers, And Sweeney Todd

I hope everyone had a spooktacular Halloween! Unfortunately, all of the blood, guts, and gore may have left behind some gruesome blood stains. Here are a few tips & tricks so you don’t have to walk around looking like a vampire or serial killer:


For fresh or dried blood on materials that do not require dry cleaning, first try saturating the stained area with liquid laundry detergent. If the stain comes out, then launder as usual. (This even works on white fabrics and cotton sheets). If the stain doesn’t come out:

  1. Place area in question in a small container, pour Hydrogen Peroxide over the spot, allow to foam.
  2. When foaming stops, check item.
  3. If stain still evident, repeat step #1.
  4. If clean, rinse with water.
  5. Launder as usual

For Delicate Fabrics

  • Soak the stained garment in cold water for 10 minutes to half an hour. You can pre-treat the stain by dabbing it with shampoo or bubble bath but this usually isn’t needed if the stain is fresh. After soaking, pour some liquid soda crystals onto the stain and scrub with a nailbrush. This should totally remove the stain. Now you can wash the garment as you normally would in the washing machine.

Here is a great technique for when you need to remove blood stains in a hurry or on the go:

  1. Take two sheets of tissue (the thicker the better).
  2. Soak one sheet in water.
  3. Fold the other sheet so that it covers the stained area.
  4. Place the dry sheet underneath the stained area.
  5. Place the wet sheet on top of the stained area and apply pressure.
  6. The dry sheet underneath will automatically soak up the stain.

Other Tips & Tricks

  • Spray Windex window cleaner on the stain before laundering. Lightly scrub window cleaner into fabric with an old toothbrush. Launder with regular detergent. If heavily stained, repeat the process again before drying garment.
  • Soak the bloodstain in a bowl of water with an effervescent denture cleanser tablet for about 15-60 minutes. Then wash as usual.
  • Salt water on washable fabrics works great for bloodstains.
  • You can try using a bar of Lava soap. Just rub it on under running water a few times, and then use a stain remover like Shout. Wait for 20 minutes or so. Put it in the washer and the stain should be gone. Recommended for khakis and jeans because it won’t take the color from the fabric.
  • Try spitting on the blood stain and then putting it in a cold wash. There is an enzyme in that saliva that helps break up your own blood. Treat the stain as soon as possible for the best results.
  • Pour lemon juice over the stain and let it sit for a few minutes. Then use a laundry pre-treatment spray or stick. Rinse it out in lukewarm to cool water. Repeat as many times as necessary.
  • To remove a very stubborn bloodstain, try white wine vinegar. Always rinse very well afterwards and towel dry.
  • Never use hot water. It will “set” the stain. Use cold water to rinse and wash blood stains.

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