There are reasons why there can be blood on your sheets. From cuts to periods to scabs being picked. It all seems to happen on your sheets when you are sleeping and not aware of the problem until it is too late. Because of this, you either have blood stained sheets or, you throw them away and replace them every few months. This can get costly over a period. Luckily, this article will help you on how to remove blood from sheets, so you do not have to replace them! You have to remember throughout this entire article is that you cannot use any heat. Hot water, dryer, so forth and so on. The heat will let the blood, even dry blood stay in the sheets.
Things You Will Need
- Cold Water
- Dishwashing liquid (for an example, Dawn)
- Laundry detergent
- Hydrogen peroxide
- One tablespoon of meat tenderizer
- Laundry washer but no dryer. No heat but only from the sun.
How to Remove Blood from Sheets
1. Cold Water and Dishwashing Liquid
Wash the sheets in cold water and then add just one tablespoon to the stain. Wait and let the stain soak for about 30 minutes. By this time, the stain should be gone or close to being finished. Make sure that you have not put the sheets in the dryer or use hot water. I cannot stress this enough because it will be even harder for the stains to come out once hot water has been used on the stains.
2. Cold Water, Laundry detergent, and Washer
This step you will then put the sheets in the washer with cold water and some laundry detergent. Once the sheets are done being washed, the stains should be gone. However, some stains will not be removed due to being heavy. If this is the case, go down to the next step. If all of the stains have been eliminated, you will then either hang them up on a close line, rail, so forth and so on. Just make sure the sun is shining down on the sheets so they can dry properly and also make sure no dryer or hot water is being used.
3. Cold Water and Hydrogen Peroxide
Heavy blood stains may take a few extra steps to remove them. You may think this cannot be done due to the heaviness of the stains. However, this can be done if the stains have not been in any heat, such as the dryer.
Hydrogen Peroxide can be used from the bottle onto the stain. Let it sit on the stain for about 30 seconds to a minute and then either wash in cold water from a sink or can use a regular washer. I would use the sink just to make sure the stains are out. You probably have to repeat this step several times before all of the stains are gone.
4. Cold Water, Laundry Detergent, and Washer
This and the next step is for dried and old blood stains. These can happen when a menstrual cycle has begun, and you do not know about it or, it has seeped through the pad or tampon. Whatever the reason may be, there is a solution to your problem.
You can soak the sheets in cold water for a couple of hours. Alternatively, you can run the sheets through the laundry with a little bit of detergent and just plain cold water. You can even do both if your washer has a “soak and clean” cycle. After that, follow the next step down below.
5. Cold Water and Meat Tenderizer
After the sheets have been washed with cold water, you will then make a paste. 2 teaspoons cold water and one tablespoon of meat tenderizer. Mix this paste together and then put the paste on the blood stains. Spread the paste out using your fingers. After that, let the paste sit for about an hour. Shake off any extra paste that might be on the sheets. Wash the sheets again in cold water and set them out to dry.
Extra-Salt, Cornstarch, and Hydrogen Peroxide For Mattress
I decided to give you an extra and tell you to have to get blood stains out of a mattress. Make a paste from 1 tablespoon of salt, ½ cup of cornstarch, and ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide. Dab some of the paste on top of the stains and let the paste sit there and dry. Once dried, scrape it off and then look at the stains. If the stains are still there, repeat the steps. However, remember that since this is a mattress, there will be some stains that will not come out. I suggest getting a mattress cover that can be washed. A cover would work better-getting stains out than a mattress due to that you cannot clean a mattress all the way. Plus, you do not want to get a bed wet if you can avoid it.
I hope you enjoyed this article just as much as I enjoyed writing it. As a woman and mother, I understand that accidents happen all of the time. I know it can be frustrating to have to buy a new pair of sheets when you do not have the money to replace them. I hope this article can not only put your mind at ease when accidents do happen but save you money for not having to buy any sheets every month or so.
If you enjoyed this article, feel free to like, comment, and even share amongst all of your friends. In the comments below, tell me your secret solutions to getting blood stains out of sheets. Do you have solutions or do you just throw them away and start over? I would love to know and hear from all of you about what you do for blood stains on sheets and even a mattress.