How to remove period stains from a mattress

The arrival of your period can be unpredictable. No matter how well-prepared you are, accidents happen and blood stains from your period can end up on your mattress. Because mattresses can be damaged by excessive moisture it's important to remove the period stains promptly and carefully. You can use household supplies to isolate the blood stain and draw it out of your mattress. Since period stains can accidentally occur from time to time, it's helpful to have a few stain-removing tricks up your sleeve.

Cover the blood stain on your mattress with meat tenderizer. Allow the meat tenderizer to sit on the stain for at least 20 minutes to isolate and absorb the blood. Brush the meat tenderizer off, into the trash.

Dampen an old towel with hydrogen peroxide. Dab at the remaining blood stain from the outside of the stain, working your way in toward the centre. Move to a clean portion of the cloth as the blood stain is lifted and continue to sponge to remove as much as possible.

Stir 1 tbsp dish washing detergent into 2 cups cool water to make a frothy soap solution. Dip another clean cloth only in the soap suds. Use the soap bubbles to sponge the rest of the blood stain from your mattress.

Press dry towels into your mattress to remove as much moisture as possible. Turn on an electric fan and direct the air flow toward your mattress to dry it faster.


Other absorbents, such as baking soda and cornstarch, can be used to absorb blood from your mattress. Meat tenderizer helps break down and absorb the proteins in blood, making it an effective ingredient in removing blood stains on any absorbent surfaces. Always wring out cleaning cloths or sponges so you're using the least amount of moisture possible when cleaning your mattress.

Things You'll Need

  • Meat tenderizer
  • Old towels
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Bowl
  • 1 tbsp dish washing detergent
  • Spoon
  • Electric fan
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Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.