How to Remove Blood From a Comforter

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Things You'll Need

  • Soiled comforter

  • Cold water

  • Hydrogen peroxide (for light colored fabrics)

  • Bar of soap (for dark colored fabrics)

  • Paper towels for blotting

  • Washing machine

  • Laundry detergent

  • Color safe bleach

Tip

If you don't have hydrogen peroxide, rubbing the soap onto light colored fabric is a fine substitute.

Warning

If the blood is not yours or you do not know the source of the blood stain, wear gloves and personal protective equipment when treating the stain.

Fresh blood stains on bedding, such as a comforter, are relatively painless stains to remove. Dried stains can also usually be removed, as long as the comforter has not yet been laundered. Once a blood stain has been laundered and dried, it is nearly impossible to remove, as heat sets the stain. You can, however, use the same stain removal techniques on fresh or dried blood to fade a set-in stain. The key to completely removing fresh and dried blood stains is to treat the stains as soon as possible.

Step 1

Drench the area in cold water if the stain is still fresh and wet. Rub the sides of the fabric around the stain together. If the stain has dried, wet the area thoroughly with water.

Step 2

Drop a small amount of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain directly (if the fabric is light colored). If the fabric is dark, omit the peroxide; instead, rub the bar of soap onto the stain, getting the lather deep into the fibers.

Step 3

Place the comforter into the washing machine and add laundry detergent and color safe bleach according to the manufacturer's instructions.

Step 4

Launder the comforter on a "cold" setting.

Step 5

Pull the comforter out and examine the stain. If any residual blood stain remains, repeat the steps. Do not dry the comforter until the stain is removed because heat will set the stain into the fabric.

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Kate Bruscke

A writer and professional lab assistant based in Seattle, Kate Bruscke has been writing professionally about health care and technology since 1998. Her freelance clients include "The Seattle Times," KGB.com, Reading Local: Seattle, Nordstrom and MSN/Microsoft. Bruscke holds a Master of Fine Arts from The School of the Art Institute of Chicago.