Tips For Removing Blood Stains From Clothes

Jun 16, 2024

Have you ever gotten an unexpected blood stain on your favorite shirt or pants? It happens to the best of us, but removing those pesky stains doesn’t need to be difficult or expensive. 

In this blog post, I’ll share some easy and effective methods you can try at home to lift blood stains from clothes and restore your stained garments back to their normal state.

  1. Identifying the Stain:

The first important step is to properly identify the blood stain. Take a close look at the stain and determine if it is fresh or dried. Fresh blood will be wet-looking and recent, while dried blood will be brown in color and harder to remove.

You’ll also want to note the fabric type. Different fabrics require different stain removal techniques. Check care tags for washing instructions as some fabrics like silk or wool need special handling.

Take note of any other details like the size of the stain, where on the garment it is located, and the signifiers present in the stain’s chromophores and morphology. This information will help you choose the best removal method.

  1. Gathering Your Supplies:

You’ll need to have the right tools on hand before starting the stain removal process. Basic supplies to gather include:

  • Cool water – Warm or hot water can set stains further. Cool water is best.
  • Dish soap – The surfactants in dish soap help lift proteins from the cloth.
  • Hydrogen peroxide – This mild bleach can lighten and remove stains if left to dwell.
  • Old toothbrush – Gentle scrubbing with a brush aids the removal process.
  • Paper towels – Used to blot and check for color removal.
  • Plastic gloves (optional) – For extra protection when dealing with blood.
  • Commercial stain remover (if needed) – Containing protease enzymes for stubborn cases.
  1. Treating a Fresh Blood Stain:

For fresh blood that is wet-looking, follow these steps:

  • Rinse the stain with cool water to solubilize water-soluble components.
  • If rinsing isn’t enough, make a paste by mixing a few drops of dish soap with water and dab on the stain using a cloth or toothbrush.
  • Let it sit for 5-10 minutes before rinsing fully with more cool water.
  • Blot dry with paper towels, checking for color transfer indicating hemoglobin removal.
  1. Removing Dried Blood:

Dried blood requires more effort. Follow these steps:

  • Make a paste of dish soap and water and work it into the stain using a soft brush in a circular motion.
  • Saturate the stain with hydrogen peroxide and let it bubble, breaking bonds.
  • Let it sit 5-10 minutes before rinsing well with cool water.
  • If needed, use a stain remover pen or powder, checking for color lift after each treatment.
  • Wash the item as usual once the stain is gone.
  1. Special or Stubborn Cases:

For tough stains on delicate fabrics, upholstery, carpet, or items soiled with potentially hazardous bodily fluids, additional methods may work best:

  • Dry cleaning or extraction machine rental for upholstery/drapes
  • Commercial cleaners or diluted bleach for surfaces needing disinfection
  • Calling professional remediation services for extensive decontamination

With the right products and techniques, you can easily remove blood stains from clothes and restore your laundry!


Removing blood stains is all about taking things step-by-step and having the right tools for the job. Following some simple techniques like rinsing, using dish soap or hydrogen peroxide, and checking for color removal can bust through fresh and dried blood stains alike. 

For really stubborn cases or large amounts of biohazardous fluids, it may be worth consulting the pros like SCU Services. But with a little patience and the tips covered here, you can say goodbye to those embarrassing blood spots and bring new life back to your soiled clothes. 

Always remember to treat spills as soon as possible for the best chance of complete removal. Now you’re ready to tackle any blood stain battle with confidence!