My son used to get nosebleeds several times a week. Now that he’s almost 11, he’s mostly grown out of them, and I’ve learned a thing or two about removing blood stains. Here’s an easy way to remove blood stains from clothing, bedding, towels and carpet.
Here’s what you’ll need:
A large bottle of hydrogen peroxide (buy 2 at a time so you always have a backup)
1. DO NOT soak a blood stain in cold water. Doing so increases the chance that a stain will become permanent. Hydrogen peroxide will not work on blood stains that have been soaked.
2. Use paper towels to blot as much of the stain as you can. Place the paper towel over the stain and press hard, or squeeze the fabric and towel together in your hand. Make sure to put a piece of paper towel on the back of the stain to keep it from soaking through to another part of the item.
3. Lay the item out on a smooth, hard surface, such as the lid of your washing machine.
4. Get the bottle of hydrogen peroxide, pour a little into the cap and use the cap to pour the peroxide directly onto the stain. The peroxide will bubble and froth. This means it is dissolving the stain. If you can still see the stain when the frothing stops, use a paper towel to blot up the old peroxide, then pour on a new capful. For large or stubborn blood stains, rub the area with your finger to help the peroxide penetrate the stain. Don’t worry if the peroxide feels warm to the touch. This is a normal part of the chemical reaction that happens when peroxide breaks down the molecular bonds holding the stain together.
Safety tip: Do not attempt on any piece of clothing that is still being worn. Keep hydrogen peroxide out of the eyes and do not ingest.
5. Small, fresh stains will disappear completely in less than 30 seconds. Larger blood stains may need several capfuls and 10 minutes of rubbing. Occasionally, a stain will leave a faint, brownish shadow. If this happens, blot up the excess liquid, treat the area with a spray-on stain remover and launder as usual. As long as the hard edge of the stain has been broken up, any leftover shadow will come out in the wash.
6. For things like shirts or pillowcases where the stain is only on the top layer of fabric, line the inside of the item with a dark-colored towel to prevent the stain from bleeding through while you work on it.
7. For carpet, you will need more paper towels to blot up the hydrogen peroxide. Apply the peroxide by the capful and massage the area with your fingers to help the peroxide get all the way down to the carpet’s backing. Blot with paper towel and repeat as needed. Once the stain has disappeared completely, fold several paper towels into a pad, place over the stain and stand on them. This will absorb any leftover liquid.
8. If you discover an old blood stain that has been left to dry, use this method anyway. I’ve used it to get rid of blood stains up to a week old. The longer a stain is dry, however, the more likely it is to become permanent.
9. If your child is prone to nosebleeds, switch out lighter-colored pajamas, bedding and towels for darker colors. Black and navy blue work especially well. To protect your carpet, consider lining your child’s route to the bathroom with a clear, plastic carpet protector or an inexpensive runner that you can discard later.
Tip: Peroxide may leave some whitish streaks on your fingers when your hands dry. If they don’t wash off, they will go away in an hour or two.
Source: lots of personal experience