Stay Stainless: How to Remove Blood Stains

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Stay Stainless:
How to Remove Blood Stains

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There is a likelihood that you will encounter blood stains at least once in your life…

They’re actually more common than you think, but they’re definitely not something you should be afraid of!

Join us on this adventure as we breakdown the chemical properties of blood stains, what makes blood stains so hard to remove, and how to get rid of blood stains –and save your clothes from looking like Dracula’s bib 😉

To fully understand how blood stains your clothes, we have to take things to another level…

We’re talking molecular.

The pigment Heme is made up of iron, and another chemical in blood called protoporphyrin.

Large amounts of this pigment is present in the protein Hemoglobin,
which is found in Red Blood Cells
–the cells which transport oxygen throughout the body.

(Hang on, there is a point to this quasi-biology lecture!)

Did you know that the blood flowing through your system isn’t actually red?

Light is absorbed by hemoglobin when it binds to oxygen during oxygenation.

Hemoglobin absorbs blue light during this process, and results in the characteristically red color of blood
(once the iron component has mixed with oxygen, of course 🤓) .

The faster you deal with it, the higher your chances are of getting the blood out of your clothing.

Freshly soiled clothing stands a better chance of stain removal (over clothing with old or dried blood stains) because the blood has yet to set.

Blood stains happen to set very quickly, so once you’ve spotted it (pun intended), get right on to removing that!

What makes blood tricky to get out of clothing is the fact that its protein based.

This property of blood stains allows it to bind to the fibers in the fabric more stubbornly.

First thing’s first:
No to heat in any form.

This means:
✓ wash cold
✗ don’t use an iron (because heat will seal the blood in the fibers).

It is important to keep in mind that blood stains need to be treated as soon as humanly possible.

If You're At Home...

Don’t overthink it, use things you’ve got in your house!

  • Ammonia

    Note: Wear gloves

    This compound has disinfectant properties, does not leave residue, and can break down cellular proteins –including blood stains!

    Soak a cotton ball in a solution of 50:50 (ammonia and water), dab the affected area, and gently rub the solution into the blood stain.

    Throw your garment in the wash immediately after the treatment.

  • Absorbents (Baby Powder, Baking Soda, Cornmeal, Cornstarch)

    These compounds are excellent at soaking up light, fresh, new stains.

    There are 2 popular methods of using absorbents to remove blood stains.

  • The Paste Method

    Make a paste (a combination of water and one of the absorbents mentioned above).

    Spread the paste on the stain and massage it gently over the fabric, and leave it to dry.

    Once the paste has dried, brush or shake off the paste to uncover a lighter or completely removed stain.

    Note: If the stain isn’t completely removed you can repeat the process until it is.

  • The Powder Method

    Simply sprinkle the absorbent material on the fresh stain.
    Allow the absorbent to soak up the stain (which will cause it to get cakey).

    Brush or shake the absorbent off your clothing.

    Note: Repeat this process until the stain is completely gone.

  • Cold Water and Soap

    Sometimes, the basics are the best way to go.

    Soak your clothes in cold water, and lather it up with some soap.
    Gently rub the opposing surfaces of the fabric against each other.

    Repeat until the stain has disappeared entirely!

  • Hydrogen Peroxide

    What household or adult apartment doesn’t have hydrogen peroxide?!
    An excellent disinfectant and industrial cleaner, it also removes a number of stains -including blood stains.

    Hydrogen Peroxide has been found to be effective against fresh blood stains.

    When it comes to combating new blood stains, put some hydrogen peroxide on top of the culprit, and watch the solution fizz as it dissolves the blood away instantaneously.

    Once the stain is gone, rinse your garment in cold water and throw it in the wash.

  • Vinegar

    Don’t let the stench fool you.
    Vinegar is as effective at removing stains as it is smelly!

    Treat the spot by pouring some white vinegar on it.
    Leave it to soak for 15 minutes (repeating the process until the stain is gone).

    Wash the garment immediately after treatment!

If You're On the Go...

Carry portable stain removers!

They fit in your backpack, fanny pack, glove compartment –hell, any one of your jean pockets!

There’s no excuses now bud 😉

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