10 Quick Tips for Removing Stains from Clothing

Blood Stains

If you cut yourself, you're probably more focused on finding a bandage and possibly on not fainting than you are on keeping your clothes pristine. Once you're all fixed up and the dust settles, a stained garment just adds insult to literal injury. However, you don't have to slave for hours trying to get the blood stain out. Just use our quick and easy trick to turn the pain into a distant memory!

To remove spots of blood from clothing, use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide — the kind you find in the first-aid section of the drugstore. Soak the stain with the peroxide, use your fingernail or the blade of a butter knife to help loosen and scrape away the blood, then rinse it away with more hydrogen peroxide. Then launder as normal. In most cases, you'll have better luck removing stains — especially blood stains — if you treat them immediately after they happen, before the stains have a chance to dry.

Don't fret too much if you don't have easy access to hydrogen peroxide, however. No matter what you call it, cola/soda/pop is adept at addressing blood stains in a pinch. All you have to do is soak the stain, ideally overnight, in the soda. Then, wash as normal.

Yet another method for removing blood from clothing is to wet the stained area of the fabric with water, sprinkle it with plain old table salt, rub one half of the stain against the other to work in the salt and loosen the stain, then immediately launder the garment the way you usually do [source: Shea].

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