Washing clothes has been a daily or weekly ritual for as long as humans have been living a civilized life. In fact, most historians cannot pin point the exact time in human history, when we started cleaning our clothes on a regular basis. However, no matter when it started, it is a part of our lives now and almost all of us have cleaned or washed our clothes, at one point or another.
Though, everyone who washes clothes, face similar challenges. One of these challenges, most people face, is about removing certain stains. Things that are difficult to remove via hand wash are generally difficult to remove through a machine wash, too. For example, most people struggle to get blood out of clothes. People working in the medical profession will be able to relate to this problem.
Medical professions, no matter how thorough or careful they are, inevitably come in contact with blood, be it from an open wound they are trying to stitch up or from a medical procedure. Once blood comes in contact with the clothes you are wearing, it will leave a lasting stain, at least if you don’t do something to remove it quickly and decisively. Since, it is not impossible to remove fresh blood from your clothes. So, to give you a small run down to get blood out of clothes, we gathered a few tips for your perusal:
- The first tip we have for you, is also the most important one. Never use hot water to remove a fresh stain of blood. Unlike other stains, hot water will set the blood in the fabric, instead of removing it. That will in turn make the stain a permanent one
- If you are able to get the clothe off and under the running cold water right away, your chances of completely removing the stain out of your clothe increase by a great degree. This technique is not only effective to get blood out of clothes, it also work well for couches, mattress and other heavy furniture. Of course, you cannot soak them, all you need to do is, get a clean cloth or a sponge and blot the stain, it will work almost as nicely as soaking the entire thing
- The next trick is going for the big guns, by bringing in the chemicals. One of the most potent and effective way to remove blood stains is by treating wet blood with hydrogen peroxide solution. Though, we should warn you about the side effects of using this chemical first
- Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful chemical agent, which is normally used to remove stains from concrete slabs and surfaces. Using it on clothes can have its own consequences
- It is known the weaken some fabrics upon exposure
- Hydrogen peroxide will remove the wet blood from most fabrics, quite easily, though sometimes it can leave a stain of its own
- It is advised that you test the solution on an inconsequential part of the fabric first, before using it on the stain
- If the test comes fine and you are ready to use the solution on the fabric
- Then first you will have to prepare the solution
- Generally, if you are planning to use it on a delicate fabric, it is advised that you use a 50% diluted solution
- To remove the stain, just treat clothes with the solution, taking care to only expose the stain, so the fabric is not damaged by the chemical
- You might have to repeat this action a few times, until the form is uniform around the stained area. Please keep in mind, that this is a slow process, that may become slower demanding upon, how diluted a solution you are using
- Once you have the uniform foam, just wipe in away with a clean cloth. If the stain is still visible, pour some hydrogen peroxide again and repeat the process, until the stain is gone or at least fainted
- The next step is simple, you can wash the stain with the cold water, and then us the regular soap or detergent, as per your preference, to clean the clothes
- Another way of using the hydrogen peroxide is to simply let your garments soak in the solution for fifteen to twenty minutes, and then remove it and rinse out all the solution with the help of cold water. However, this method should only be used on strong fabrics that can withstand the might of the chemical cleaning. You should check the tickers, attached on the inside of the clothes. They normally list the kind of washing each garment can withstand. Or you can always research online and learn from the experience of the others
- You can also use ammonia to get blood out of clothes. It is work almost as effectively as hydrogen peroxide
- Using ammonia is even simpler; all you will need is a homemade solution. You can make it by adding 1 tablespoon of ammonia to half a cup of cold water and then pour that solution on the stain. Though, this method is only recommended for more stubborn stains, and is not ideal for soft and weak fabrics like linen, silk or wool
- There are couple of precautions you should take, while using chemical solution to wash your clothes.
- First, you should wear cleaning rubber gloves. They will protect your hands from the powerful chemicals. Just think about this, if a chemical is strong enough to remove blood from the clothes, then it is strong enough to harm the skin of your hands, if you are not careful
- The second precaution is to rinse out the chemical completely from the clothes, as it can react with your skin, if not cleaned properly
- Third is a repeat of what we have been warning you against from the very beginning. Please use cold water only. As, use of hot water can be counterproductive in more ways than one
The above solutions may help you in saving your favorite jeans or jacket for blood stains. We just want to remind you be careful while using chemical solutions on your clothes.