Last Modified on Feb 10, 2009
Sometimes, life is full of blood, sweat, and tears. But at least the tears don't stain!
Now, blood for that matter can be a real chore and one of the most difficult stains to remove. Getting it out before the blood dries is always the best bet, using cold water or club soda and a towel to dab the stain away.
For dried blood, you'll need a little more help, but the process of wetting and repeatedly blotting up the stain is the same. In this case, you'll need to use a laundry detergent, an equal parts ammonia and water solution, or good old hydrogen peroxide to help ease the stain out. Remember to test an inconspicuous area for color fastness, and don't put the article of clothing in the dryer until you know you've gotten the stain out. Otherwise, the stain will set forever!
[YEA] 02/10/2009: Jude from Louisville, Ky: "AMMONIA This will get out the oldest blood stain and the newest stain. I have used it full strength for everything from carpet to clothing and all in between it has never ruined anything people are amazed when when they try it and very glad I told them about it."
[YEA] 06/11/2006: Jean from Franklin, WI: "I read a book about hydrogen peroxide, and started using it for cleaning out my mouth and brushing my teeth. Since the book said that it was harmless, I started swallowing it. I was using regular 3% from the drugstore. I swallowed probably 3-4 fairly large gulps a day for weeks (you do get used to the taste). Sometimes I'd put it in a glass of water and sip at it. My energy level definitely improved, as did my digestion and elimination.
Another time, I put on a white shirt and discovered it had blood stains on it from working out in the yard. The stains was really set since I had washed the shirt. Being too lazy to change shirts, I soaked the spot with straight hydrogen peroxide while still wearing the shirt. The stain was very set but getting a little lighter, so I kept soaking it over and over till the stain was pretty much gone. It seemed like the skin under this soaked shirt was getting softer and lighter. Now about ten days later, you can still see on my skin where the hydrogen peroxide had been soaking it. There's a line across my arm... on the one side my aging sun/weather damaged skin with age spots... on the other side lighter, more supple, soft skin (almost like a baby's skin), with the age spots definitely lighter in color too.
I was reading on here about taking a bath with hydrogen peroxide and it seemed like kind of a good idea in view of the above experience, so I gave that a shot. About 5 hours later now, I feel just generally a little healthier, and the skin on my face feels very soft and is not getting oily as it usually does. I will definitely be doing this several times a week from now on. I used 8 oz of regular 3% from the drugstore in the bath."Replies
08/21/2008: Angela from Tonasket, WA. replies: "I've also read a lot about the uses of hydrogen peroxide. It is a great blood remover, and bleach replacer, but for your body you should use food grade 35% diluted. The other isn't good I've heard. Furthermore, it's said to be a very specific amount of DROPS of it to ingest for medicinal purposes. 3 or 4 gulps of it straight and not food grade, seems not only strong, but possibly dangerous. I wouldn't risk it myself."
[YEA] 04/09/2006: Tenaj from Nampa, Idaho: "After you cleanse the cut on your finger with hydrogen peroxide and find the blood got on your favorite shirt/blouse, use that same hydrogen peroxide to remove the blood from that article of clothing. Just soak the blood stain with undiluted hydrogen peroxide for a for a good five to ten minutes. You will be able to see the blood vanishing before your eyes. Rinse with cold water and wash the article of clothing as usual."
Saliva Removes Blood Stains
[YEA] 06/30/2007: Laurie from East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania: "Your site is great! After reading how Hydrogen Peroxide removes blood stains, I thought I'd pass another natural blood stain remover. Your saliva contains the enzymes necessary to break down your own blood. If you get your own blood on any fabric, immediately put the fabric in your mouth and suck on it until the stain is completely gone. This will only work when the saliva and blood are from the same person. I am a seamstress and this trick is used in many professional shops when a pin prick gets blood on fabric. It works, but you must do it right away before the blood dries and sets!"