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How to remove dry blood stains

Updated February 21, 2017

Menstrual cycles, nosebleeds and accidents make blood stains a prevalent issue anywhere, anytime. Blood stains are commonly known as difficult stains to remove from fabric. Although difficult, they are not impossible. With just a few common household items, you can remove blood stains efficiently and expediently. If possible, it is best to get to the stain as soon as possible.

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  1. Presoak the garment in cold water for 2 hours. The blood dissolves easily in cold water.

  2. Wash the garment in a cold wash cycle with mild detergent. Do not dry. Heat of any sort can cause the blood stain to cook and possibly make it irremovable.

  3. Check to see if the stain came out. If it did not, then create a paste to remove the stain.

  4. Mix 1 tbsp of meat tenderizer and 2 tsp of cold water. Mix them until a paste is formed.

  5. Spread the paste onto the garment with your fingers. Let the paste sit for 1 hour.

  6. Launder the garment in cold water. If the stain is not fully removed, then repeat the process.

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Things You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp meat tenderizer

About the Author

Launie Sorrels is a veteran who has worked as a chef and has more than two decades of martial arts training. His writing has developed from his experience as a quality assurance manager for Microsoft and IBM. Sorrels has a degree in computer science and is currently working on his journalism degree.

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