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Removing Blood from Fabric

Hydrogen Peroxide

Need to get blood stains out of clothing? Use hydrogen peroxide, full strength on whites. On colors, dilute the peroxide with water and then apply with a Q-tip. Rinse immediately.


By Kristina

When my mom broke her leg, she bled a lot on our dining room floor and the paramedics made a mess walking it all over the floor, they told me to use peroxide and I did and then steamed cleaned the floor with my carpet cleaner and voila!, it came right up! Peroxide breaks up the protiens and it works on anything!

By Lynne

I agree with the peroxide for removing blood, seems to work a little better for me if I wait until the blood is dried. It also works fine even after the item has been washed and dried already. I have had the best of luck with peroxide. An oxy clean spray also works in bad cases.

By makaylasmom

To help get blood out of clothing including jeans, use a capful of peroxide with liquid laundry soap, rub in and let sit for a few minutes then just throw in the washer, and voila!, no more blood stain.


By Kaylasmom

A happy accident. Found some more blood from a heavy nosebleed on the white side of a hand-made gift quilt, the day after. Scrubbed the dried blood with cold water 'til it wasn't going away any more (but not too hard, 'cause the white backing isn't exactly robust). Scrubbed a little more with some pre-wash. Looked it up here, applied a little hydrogen peroxide, followed with a little rubbing, and the remaining blood vanished before my eyes. Threw it in the washing machine and now I can't find the spots (only a very close examination shows the surface abraded from my attentions with the scrub brush).

Thanks for the tips!

By JonahsDad

Hydrogen peroxide is great on blood just make sure you launder the item soon after the peroxide. If the item is not washed, the peroxide keeps working and may eat a hole through the material. I learned this the hard way after a Red Cross volunteer got blood on my pants and removed it with peroxide.


By austin95mom

Editor's Note: There were many more tips and success stories about hydrogen peroxide but we wanted to leave room for other ways. Hydrogen Peroxide is the hands down winner within the ThriftyFun community!

Rubbing Alcohol

Need to get fresh blood out of fabric? Dab the spot with rubbing alcohol before putting through the wash. My nurse friend gave me this tip when I got blood on a new bedspread and it worked perfectly.

By Laura

Clear Ammonia

Clear ammonia will also work. It will not fade colors and I like to soak it overnight - it never fails me.

By annie

Spit On It

I learned this tip many years ago from a person who worked in a furniture factory responsible for cutting very expensive fabrics. If by some chance, you find an item with blood on it, find the person whose blood it is and have them spit on the blood and work it into the stain. It can only be the spit of the person whose blood it is. I have done this through the years and shared many times. You just wash as you normally would after working the spit into the area and let it sit for a few moments.



I'm a costume designer and it seems actors are always bleeding on costumes. For fresh blood, having the person who's done the bleeding spit on it works very well. It's a great solution when you don't have quick access to water. The other thing I use is Windex. It has to be Windex brand, not just blue glass cleaner. Just spray the spot and wash.

By alpenfraulein

Cold Water And A Bar Of Soap

For 40 plus years, to remove blood stains from washable fabric, I just dip the stained area in cold water, and rub a bar of hand soap (any brand) into the stain, and rinse in cold water. Repeat the process until stain is gone and launder as usual. For small stains, one repeat is usually sufficient. If the stain is larger, it takes a little more scrubbing.


By Harlean from Arkansas.

Homemade soap will get blood out of clothing, it actually works for most all stains.

By klr2080


Use shampoo even for set in blood stains. Don't know why but something in the shampoo takes the blood out. I use cheap stuff like Suave and keep it in the laundry area.

By Guest

After reading this site, i was going to try this hydrogen peroxide, but we didn't have any, so i tried shampoo because someone else recommended it, and we put some dandruff shampoo on the blood stained (light coloured) jeans, and let it sit for about 20 minutes, and the blood came RIGHT out.

If you want a cheap, easy way to get blood out of jeans, use shampoo.

By Courtnee

I tried the shampoo (Suave) on my 93 year old dad's colored shirts and dark green sweater. It worked. I used a sponge to lightly rub and then soaked it in cold water. Within 2 hours, it was gone. I rewashed in cold water with regular load. Thanks for the tip.


You are great folks.

By Momma2


Without washing, put ice on the stain. Believe me, it is the best way. I own a laundry and, believe me, that's the best you can do.

By ifi


Pour milk on the spot as soon as you get blood on it and you will see the milk rinse the blood right out of the fabric.

By linda

Purple Power

Best thing I have found is called Purple Power! This stuff works absolute wonders! I add it to my daily wash and have been for about 2 years now. My grandmother got a very horrible nosebleed and it was all over the front of a blouse she favored, and when I say all over, I mean it was EVERYWHERE! I shot it full strength with Purple Power, put it in the washer, let it go through all the motions, along with a full load. When it came out, it was absolutely spotless! TRY IT! Autozone and Advance Auto Parts carries it!

By Bob


Borax works great too; my DH is notorious for using his shirt to clean it off and it always comes out. I just wash it right away with regular detergent and at least 1/2 cup borax on WARM (I was always told cold water sets in most stains)

By camo_angels

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