How to Remove Blood Stains

Ideally, you'll tackle blood stains while they're still wet, which makes them easier to get out. But they're definitely a challenge. This video shows the best way to treat them.

What You Need

  1. Check bowl or sink filled with cold water
  2. Check bar of soap
  3. Check stain-removal spray
  4. Check ammonia
  5. Check cotton swab
  6. Check paper towel
  7. Check laundry detergent

Follow These Steps

  1. Wet the stain with cold water

    If the stain is fresh and still wet, soak fabric in cold water immediately.

  2. Rub with soap

    Rub the stain well with a bar of soap, lathering gently.
    Tip: For light-colored fabrics, dab with a hydrogen peroxide, which acts as bleach.

  3. Re-soak the stain with a pre-treatment stain remover

    If the stain has already dried, spray with stain-removal solution. Let it soak in.

  4. Dab on diluted ammonia

    Apply a small amount of diluted ammonia to the area with a cotton swab.

  5. Launder fabric

    Machine-wash the fabric using an enzyme detergent (most standard laundry soaps are enzyme-based), which breaks down protein stains. Make sure the blood has lifted before putting fabric in the dryer, as the heat will set the stain.