Blood is undoubtedly one of the most stubborn stains, and when it’s staining your sheets, it’s even more infuriating. After all, your bed is supposed to be your haven: a clean, safe place you can lay your head. When it looks like a crime has been committed in this sacred space, it’s unsightly and unsettling.
So, what to do about it?
Read on and find out.
Step 1: Fresh or Set
The first thing you want to do is determine if the blood is fresh, or if the blood has really had time to set into stain status. If it is fresh, rinse the blood under cold water as soon as possible. Never use hot water, as this will only cause the stain to set.
Once this is done — and if the stain is set and old — then move on to the following steps.
Step 2: Baking Soda Blend
Use one part baking soda with two parts water and blend into a paste. Apply this paste to a dampened stain. Be sure to rub the paste in. Allow it to sit until the paste is dry. A sunny spot will allow this to occur more quickly. Once dry, brush off the paste and then wash the sheets in cold water.
Didn’t work? Don’t let those beautiful bed sheets go to waste! Try another tack.
Step 3: Window Cleaning Fix
An ammonia-based window cleaner can work wonders to remove blood stains from sheets. Just spray the stain liberally with the cleaner, allow it to sit for 15 minutes and then rinse with cold water.
Still staring at a stain? Then it’s time to break out the big guns…
Step 4: DIY Stain Remover
Grab a small spray bottle and add 1 part hydrogen peroxide, 1 part baking soda and 1/2 part cold water. After closing the bottle, shake it well to mix, then spray the stain with a liberal dose of the cocotion. Wait 7 minutes. Rinse, and then repeat as many times as need.
Step 5: Finishing Touch
When the stain has been removed, wash your sheets as directed in cold water. Just in case not all the stain has been fully removed, avoid putting sheets in the dryer. Remember: heat will only set the stain more. Instead, hang sheets to dry.