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:

bowl or sink filled with cold water, bar of soap, stain-removal spray, ammonia, cotton swab, paper towel, laundry detergent

Follow These Five Easy Steps:

  1. How To: Remove a Blood Stain Step 11Wet the stain with cold water

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

  2. How To: Remove a Blood Stain Step 22Rub 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. How To: Remove a Blood Stain Step 33Re-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. How To: Remove a Blood Stain Step 44Dab on diluted ammonia

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

  5. How To: Remove a Blood Stain Step 55Launder 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.