How do you get blood out of sheets?

by Tim Berenyi

Whether you suffer from spontaneous blood noses or you've come a mischief doing the horizontal folk dance, we hear you, we understand you, we got you. 

Before you read any more, you will need: a clean bucket/sink, cold water, salt & lemon/baking soda, and white vinegar. 

1. Rinse with cold water. 

Do not just chuck in the washing machine.

I've tried it, and it wasn't good. I didn't check the temperature, ended up setting the stain with a hot wash. Cover was blown. Wish I had read this. 

Basically speaking, Blood is made up of cells, proteins, and sugars. When proteins are heated up they coagulate or change shape - precisely what happens to egg whites when they're fried. This means when blood is heated, like a hot cycle in a washing machine, the proteins bind to the fabric fibres and now you've got major issues. 

What you want to do is rinse the spots to try to get out as much excess blood as possible. 

2. Paste up the problem. 

This is where the effort comes in, but it's worth it, so dig deep and commit.

Baking Soda Option: Mix 2 spoons of baking soda with 1 spoon of water in a cup to make a paste. Apply directly to the stains. Let sit for halfa. Blot, don't rub, the paste off. (Recommend this for coloured fabric)

Salty Lemon Option: Grab a lemon, cut it in half, squeeze some juice on the stains. Sprinkle some salt on the spot. Rub with the cut lemon. Rinse with cold water. Juice again. Hang in the sun. (Recommend this for white fabric).

3. Cold wash cycle in the machine.

Home straight baby. Check the spots. If they're still obvious, repeat step 2.

If they're looking like they're fading, Robert's your father's brother and we're good to go. Chuck the items in the washing machine, add some washing detergent and a splash of white vinegar. Don't know why, but vingear is the king of cleaning products. I do know why, it's because it is a very mild acid which means it binds with proteins and oils to help remove stains and also reduce odours.

To be honest, I use this method for all stains, because the basic chemistry is the same. 

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