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How to Get Blood Out of Sheets

By Dr. Laundry August 29, 2011

Q:  How you do remove blood from sheets

A:  I recommend presoaking blood stains in cool water using a good detergent that contains enzymes – check the list of ingredients to know for sure.  You need to soak items for at least 30 minutes (ideally 60 minutes). This is because enzymes break down the protein in blood and they need enough time to do it—the “wash” portion of a wash cycle is usually not long enough, especially for heavily stained items.  Following the presoak, drain the presoaking solution and rinse the items, and then proceed as follows depending on whether your item is white or colored:

For stained items that are white:

1.       Rub the stain gently with Clorox® Bleach Pen Gel immediately before laundering.
2.       Wash immediately in the hottest water recommended on the care label with detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular-Bleach.
3.       Air dry and check for success. If residual stain remains, repeat the treatment.
4.       Remember to avoid bleaching wool, silk, mohair, leather, and spandex, even if they are white—treat these fabrics as if they were colored.

For stained items that are colored:

1.       Apply Liquid Clorox2® Stain Remover and Color Booster and rub into stain
2.       Wait 3-5 minutes, then wash immediately in hottest water recommended on the care label using detergent and Clorox2®
3.       Air dry and check for success. If residual stain remains, repeat the treatment

Readers – what has been most successful for you when removing blood stains from your sheets?