How to Get Blood Stains Out of Clothes

Blood stains are considered to be organic stains because they contain proteins. Protein is the building block for nearly every living thing on the planet, but it's also what makes removing a blood stain difficult. Proteins react chemically and bind to one another; typically, you can't remove blood stains completely using traditional stain lifting methods. To remove blood stains from clothing, avoid exposing the garment to heat or hot water. Opt for using a natural enzyme to lift the stain instead of using bleach, or other chemical stain lifters.

Enzyme-based cleaners help remove blood stains.

Step 1

Blot the blood stain with a paper towel to absorb as much of the stain as possible.

Step 2

Hold the stained portion of clothing under a steady stream of cold water. This helps prevent the stain from setting in.

Step 3

Fill a large basin with cold water. Add 2 to 3 tbsp. of detergent to the water. Pre-treat the blood stain with an enzyme-based detergent. Submerge the stained garment in the basin and soak it for 20 to 30 minutes before washing.

Step 4

Wash your clothing with an enzymatic detergent, following the instructions on the care label. Remove the clothing from the washer at the end of the cycle and check to see if the stain is gone.

Step 5

Rewash any clothing that is still blood-stained; otherwise, hang the clothing up to dry. You won't know if the blood stain is gone until the clothing is dry.