Household Cleaning Tips: Blood Stains

Tougher laundry stains, like bleeding, is hard to get out if you do not catch it early. Information on removing this tough stain.

It's happened again. You just washed and dried your new sweater and notice a coffee stain on the sleeve. The stain is set now, might as well throw it in the trash! Even if you saw that before you washed and dried it, would you have known what to do to get it out? Common stain removal formulas like the ones sold in your local grocery store are often big on promise and low on performance. Some of the best stain removers are common grocery items that you may have around your house, and if you don't, they are inexpensive to buy and you can make your own stain removal kit!

Fruit stains can be removed simply and easily if you get to them right away. For stains from berries, whether they be black, blue or red, put on a kettle of water and bring to a boil. Pull the fabric taut over a sink and pour the boiling water on the stain until it disappears.

Blood, (I don't even want to know how it got there) can be gotten out by using hydrogen peroxide. Be sure this is safe for your fabric because peroxide can bleach colors. Another way to remove blood is to soak the fabric in a mixture of 1 quart of water, ½ tsp of liquid hand soap and 1 tablespoon of ammonia.

Coffee and tea can be removed by rubbing the stain with liquid laundry detergent and washing the fabric in the hottest temperature the it can stand. If the stain remains, repeat, but don't dry the fabric until the stain is gone!

To remove yellow and dinginess from your whites, try washing your clothes in a cup of chlorine bleach and then again with a cup of white vinegar. White vinegar is said to remove residues from clothing. Repeat these steps until you achieve your desired results.

Fabric Softener: Yes, fabric softener can stain your clothes if it is not properly diluted. If you get a fabric softener stain, rub it with a bar of Ivory soap and launder as usual. Repeat if it is still there.

Of course, you can solve your laundry problems completely by purchasing dry clean only items, but if you have that kind of money, just throw them out and buy new ones!

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