does blood wash out of clothes

Does Blood Wash Out Of Clothes?

Blood stains on clothing can be deeply worrying for many. Does blood wash out of clothes through regular laundering, or do you need specific techniques? Here’s a look at how to best remove blood from clothes.

Tips for Removing Blood from Clothes

    • If the stain is fresh, wet a paper towel in cold water and dab the stain out gently, repeating until the area is almost dry.
    • Apply a few drops of laundry detergent or pre-treatment stain remover directly onto the stain. Ensure your detergent or pre-treatment is suitable for the fabric and will not cause discolouration.
    • Soak the item of clothing in cold water for 30 minutes.
    • Wash at the hottest temperature that is suitable for the fabric.


    • Be sure to check the garment once it has been laundered, as any remaining stain may require a repeat of the stain removal process.


It is also possible to use baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and even ammonia to remove blood stains. Whilst these products can be helpful for removing set in stains, remember that it’s important that you test it first on an inconspicuous area of the garment to make sure you don’t damage the fabric.

Preventing Blood Stains

To avoid stubborn bloodstains in the first place, the best thing to do is to treat the stain as soon as possible, before it sets into the fabric.

  • Act quickly – the sooner you treat a stain the more chances of success you have.
  • Do not attempt to rub the stain as this can cause it to spread.
  • Ensure you treat the stain with cool water and not hot or warm water as this can set the stain.
  • Take care to follow the laundering instructions of clothing carefully, as some garments may require special treatment or low temperatures.


Although blood stains can be difficult to remove, the right approach can make all the difference. Taking the time to act quickly, treat the stain and use the right cleaning products (or even homemade solutions) can help you remove stubborn bloodstains. Remember to always check the label of the garment prior to washing and test any cleaning solution on an inconspicuous area.

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