How to Remove Stains After Last Night’s Leak
Posted byAndrea King Collier
There are many challenges that come with heavy periods, one of them being waking up in the middle of the night to find a big red stain on your bed sheets. Check out these tips and tricks to remove stains and save your linens.
One of the keys is to remove blood stains by pre-treatment as soon as possible. Removing stains while they are fresh is much easier than when the blood has dried or the stain has set in.
Your new best friend in removing blood stains is clean, cold water. Remove the sheet or clothing and rinse it under the faucet from behind the stain. Heat is your enemy both in the washing and drying process. Never use hot water on blood because it will set the stain instead of loosening it. Let your sheets air dry rather than tossing them in the dryer.
Of course, you can use the laundry products you have to do your normal dirty laundry. But if you’re looking for a new and improved way to wash your sheets, you may already have the ingredients you need under your sink or even in your pantry.
Products Under Your Sink
- Hydrogen peroxide. If you’re working with a heavy, large blood stain, pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain and wait for a half hour and pat it with dry paper towels. Gabrielle Moss, writing for Bustle, experimented with the pour-and-wait method and it got the blood stain right out; however, she recommends dabbing the cleaner on with a washcloth and only applying to sheets that are light-colored and made of a hardy fabric.1
- Ammonia-based cleaners. Another option for removing stains is ammonia-based household cleaners. Spray from the back and let it sit for 15 minutes to give it time do its thing. Then rinse it out with cold water. Be careful when removing stains with ammonia-based products or bleach: both can take the color out of fabrics. (Warning: Never pair bleach and ammonia. The mixture generates toxic fumes.)
Products in Your Pantry
- Meat tenderizer. Believe it or not, your spice rack holds a secret tool: unseasoned meat tenderizer. Mind-blown, thanks to The Make Your Own Zone. Make a paste with cold water and add it to the stain. Let sit for an hour, rinse with cold water and then launder.2
- Baking soda. Another option to have on hand for removing stains is a baking soda pre-treat that you can make at home. Use two parts water and add one part baking soda to make a spreadable paste. First, put cold water on the stain, then rub the paste on it. Again, let the paste dry on the fabric. After it dries, brush off the baking soda residue and then wash it in cold water.
- White vinegar. Removing stains can also be done with white vinegar. Soak the stain in a bowl with vinegar, or for a larger stain, pour the vinegar right over it. Wait 30 minutes and then rinse and wash with cold water.
1Moss, Gabrielle. “How Do You Get Period Blood Out Of Sheets? I Tried 6 Different Methods.” Bustle. March 22, 2016. https://www.bustle.com/articles/148863-how-do-you-get-period-blood-out-of-sheets-i-tried-6-different-methods.
2“Unexpected Helpers for Laundry Stains.” The Make Your Own Zone. May 29, 2014. http://www.themakeyourownzone.com/2014/05/unexpected-helpers-laundry-stains.html.
- Posted by Andrea King Collier
- On May 11, 2017