How to Remove Blood Stains with Hydrogen Peroxide

24 January 2023
Est. Reading: 2 minutes
What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
Protective rubber gloves
Hydrogen peroxide (3% or 6%)
Steam iron

2-Minute Blood Stain Removal

Unfortunately, we've all had those unexpected blood stains at some point in our lives. Don't worry, it doesn't have to be a disaster. Your clothes and fabrics are not destined for the landfill. Here's how to get blood out of fabric with a common household item.

We show you how to remove blood stains from fabrics, towels, sheets, and clothing with only one ingredient. Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful stain remover for both fresh and dried blood.

However, before using this process, identify a tiny, unnoticeable area of fabric and test for colour loss. Hydrogen peroxide is essentially a mild bleach, which is why it is useful for removing blood stains. This makes it a viable alternative to chlorine bleach. Safer for you and the environment.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step-by-step instructions for removing blood stains with only one main ingredient.

Step One:
To ensure that the hydrogen peroxide does not cause colour loss, test it in an inconspicuous area.

Step Two:
Fill a pipette with enough hydrogen peroxide to cover the blood stain. Squeeze the pipette and dispense the solution onto the blood stain. The peroxide will start to bubble as it begins to release oxygen and break down the proteins in the blood.

Step Three:
Set the steam iron to medium heat and press it onto the stain. Go over the blood stain until it lifts.

Step Four:
If the stain is still visible, repeat the above steps if necessary. There should be a 95% removal of the stain.

Step Five:
Lastly, wash the item. Run a cool wash in the washing machine to complete the process. Preferably with biological washing powder, which contains enzymes that help remove stubborn stains.

Tips to Remember

  • Remove the blood as soon as possible. Try not to let the stain dry, as older stains are harder to remove.
  • Always spot treat the stain before washing it in the washing machine.
  • Remember to use cold water, as hot water will cause the blood's proteins to bind to the fabric.
  • Make sure that you do not toss the item in the dryer until the blood stain is totally gone.

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If you do not have hydrogen peroxide, read our tutorial on blood removal with biological washing powder.

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