How to Remove Dried Blood Stains From Fabric

Blood stains are tough to remove when the blood is fresh. Waiting until the blood is dry can result in a difficult, if not impossible, stain to remove. Whether you are dealing with a new or old blood stain, always use cool or cold water, because hot or warm water can set the stain permanently. In addition, do not place your garment in the dryer until you are sure the stain is completely gone.

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Use one of these home remedies to remove dried blood stains.

Meat Tenderizer and Ammonia Water

Step 1

Scrape off dried blood using the edge of a credit card. Rinse the garment well in cool water to remove any residual blood.

Step 2

Apply meat tenderizer to the blood stain.. Add a small amount of cool water, and work the paste into the fabric. Let it sit for several hours.

Step 3

Mix 3 tablespoons ammonia with 1 gallon cool water. Rinse the meat tenderizer out of the garment using the ammonia solution. Wash the garment as usual in your washer.

Lemon Juice

Step 1

Remove as much of the dried blood as possible by scraping the blood with the edge of a credit card. Rinse the garment well in cool water to remove any residual blood.

Step 2

Pour lemon juice on the blood stain, and let it sit for 5 to 10 minutes. Rinse well with cool water. Add more lemon juice and rinse again if the stain is still present. Repeat until the stain is gone.

Step 3

Launder the garment as usual.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Step 1

Use the edge of a credit card to remove the dried blood, and rinse well with cool water. Wet a white cloth with hydrogen peroxide, and test the peroxide on a hidden area of the garment first to make sure it doesn't bleach or discolor the fabric. Sponge the blood stain with the hydrogen peroxide until it begins to lift from the fabric.

Step 2

Continue to blot the stain with the cloth, adding more hydrogen peroxide as needed. Repeat until the blood stain is gone. Rinse well with cool water.

Step 3

Launder the garment as usual.