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Whether in jeans, carpet, upholstery or sofa: removing blood stains can work with home remedies
Who hasn't it happened to? You get a minor injury and the blood stains your clothes. Anyone who has children knows how often this happens. Clothing, bed linen, but also furniture or shoes are affected. In the following sections you will learn which home remedies help to remove fresh, but also dried and older blood stains.
Always take cold water
Protein becomes firm through heat and so is blood. The blood protein coagulates in connection with hot water, especially when the water is above 50 ° C. Therefore always the note: Always treat blood stains with cold water. The subsequent washing in the washing machine should also only be carried out at 30 ° C or 40 ° C.
Fresh blood stains
The faster blood stains are processed, the easier it is to remove them. But as a rule, it is important to first take care of the injury and only then the clothing. By then, the stains have often already dried.
If the blood stains are still completely fresh, cold water is usually sufficient to remove them. Instead of water, an ice cube that is rubbed several times over the stain can also serve well. When you are on the move, sparkling mineral water is also sufficient - this works even better because the blood is more efficiently dissolved by the carbonic acid. The garment is then washed in the washing machine as usual.
Ideally, the soiled item of laundry is soaked in cold water for a few hours immediately after being soiled and then washed in the washing machine. However, if some time has passed, the protein portion of the blood combines with the tissue and then home remedies are needed to remove the stain. It is very important what the substance is. This is how silk is treated differently than white cotton. It is best to test the home remedies in an invisible place before use so that unpleasant surprises do not happen, such as: "The stain is gone - but the fabric is broken."
Washing powder, liquid soap, shampoo
For dried blood stains, cold water is used together with washing powder or liquid washing powder. The washing powder solution is carefully rubbed into the stain and should then act for at least one hour. Larger stains or larger items of laundry, such as sheets, are best soaked in the bathtub. Instead of washing powder, liquid soap or shampoo can also be used. After the soaking process, the washing powder is washed out and the clothes are packed in the machine.
Gall soap is an ancient home remedy and should be part of every household. This special soap, which consists of curd soap and bile bile, is used for a wide variety of stains and often works wonders. It is available as a bar of soap, as a spray or in liquid form. A gall soap stain stick is very practical for on the go. Even if this is a completely natural home remedy - not every fabric and every color goes well with it. If the item of clothing is suitable for this, the blood stain is treated with gall soap, removed after about ten minutes with clear, cold water and, if possible, washed in the washing machine.
Salt is a great home remedy for removing stains. A little porridge is made from a little salt and cold water and the affected area is treated.
Ammonia spirit, diluted with water
Instead of salt, ammonia spirit, diluted 1:10 with water, can remove blood stains. The solution prepared is applied, rinsed with clear, cold water after one hour and then washed in the machine.
Lemon juice is particularly suitable for smaller stains. This does not necessarily have to be the juice of a fresh lemon, but can also be ready-made lemon juice. First, it should work a little and is then washed out with clear, cold water. But be careful - not every tissue can take lemon juice!
Salt and lemon juice
A mixture of salt and lemon juice works twice as well, but may also be twice as "hot". A paste is created from salt and lemon juice, which is applied to the stain and should take effect for about half an hour. The item of laundry is then rinsed out and washed in the washing machine.
Aspirin is not only a pain reliever, it can also serve as a simple home remedy for stain removal. In the case of a blood stain, a tablet is mixed with a little water to a pulp and the soiled area is covered with it. Wash off the whole thing after about fifteen minutes of exposure and put it in the washing machine.
Three percent hydrogen peroxide H2O2
The hydrogen peroxide is available in the pharmacy and can remove blood stains, especially from cotton. This is dabbed onto the stain with a pipette, washed with cold water and then packed in the washing machine.
Enzyme spray from the pet trade
If, for example, a cat has marked its territory in the apartment, the special enzyme spray helps. As the name suggests, this spray breaks down proteins through the enzymes it contains and this can also be helpful in removing blood stains. This is a helpful variant especially for carpets and upholstery.
Soda, baking powder, starch for sensitive materials
Soda, baking soda and cornstarch are home remedies that are particularly successful with sensitive materials such as wool and silk. So a mixture of soda / baking powder / cornstarch is mixed with a little water and gently massaged into the fabric, possibly with the help of an old toothbrush. After a quarter of an hour the porridge is dabbed off with a kitchen paper and then the garment is washed completely in clear, cold water.
Alcohol or alcohol for unwashable fabrics
Alcohol or spirit is used when the dirty fabrics cannot be washed. Or also for all sensitive fabrics, such as silk, this is a possible home remedy. A cotton cloth is soaked with a little alcohol (90 percent alcohol is available in the pharmacy) or alcohol and tries to remove the stain by dabbing. But be careful - not every substance can handle this.
If the beloved cuddly toy is dirty, a cotton cloth is soaked with cold water after the treatment with the alcohol and the alcohol is dabbed off. Then a paper towel absorbs the water again.
If there is blood splatter on the wallpaper, it is best to remove it with alcohol.
Blood on upholstery, mattresses and carpets
First the blood stain is pretreated with a damp cloth, then the water is sucked up again with a kitchen towel. If this does not help, a slurry of washing powder and water can work. The thick porridge is applied with a sponge to the stain, which has been pretreated with a little cold water, and removed again with a little water after an hour. The carpet cleaner can replace the detergent.
A little milder is the use of potato starch, which is mixed with a little water, applied to the blood stain and remains there until the water has dried. Then the stain is brushed out.
Blood on leather
With blood stains on leather, careful handling is important so that the leather is not destroyed. For this, distilled water is mixed with a little neutral soap and poured into a spray bottle. The stain is sprayed on and the dissolved blood is dabbed again and again with a dry cotton cloth until the stain is completely gone.
Another home remedy is a self-mixed paste, consisting of two parts of lemon juice and one part of tartaric acid. This mixture is added to the stain and blotted after about ten minutes with a dry, clean cotton cloth and then treated with a little clear water.
To remove blood stains from suede, the variant already mentioned with the aspirin tablet is recommended. This is mixed with a little cold water to a pulp and then carefully rubbed into the stain with an old toothbrush, the whole thing is removed after a few minutes with a clean cloth, sprayed with a little cold water and dabbed dry with a cloth.
If all of the home remedies mentioned above do not help, get a special detergent. The drugstores have small bottles with very special detergents for every imaginable stain. Here too, attention should be paid to the sensitivity of the textiles. (sw)
Author and source information
This text corresponds to the specifications of the medical literature, medical guidelines and current studies and has been checked by medical doctors.
Susanne Waschke, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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