Blood is a tough stain, especially if it is not treated while the stain is still fresh. So to remove it effectively, it needs to be pre-treated. The most effective solution to take blood out of clothes is Borax powder.
Borax, also called sodium tetraborate, is a powdery white mineral that has been used as a cleaning product for several decades. As far as we know, borax doesn’t prevent fading so follow the instructions below and get rid of those pesky blood stains out of your clothes.
Directions for pre-washing:
– Make sure to rinse the stain immediately, in most cases. For this, run cold water over the area with blood. You can run the water right through or do what I do and turn the clothes inside out. A general tip for washing clothes is to wash everything INSIDE OUT, especially when dealing with blood stains. It also helps in preserving the outside of the clothes.
– Add a little less than a tablespoon of the 20-Mule Team Borax powder to a gallon of water and pre-soak for about 20-30 minutes BEFORE washing.
Directions for washing:
– Set your washer settings to large for a medium load and to medium for a small load.
– Add 1/2 of a cup of the Borax stuff to the wash load, in addition to your normal laundry detergent. If the pre-wash did not do enough to lift the stain somewhat, then be sure to rub the DETERGENT into your stain right before throwing it into the wash. You’ll most likely want to wash in COLD/COLD water, but also go according to the settings recommended on the tags of your clothes.
Directions for AFTER washing:
If the stain is not removed by the time you are done with the washer, do NOT attempt to dry the clothes! Try the process again, but do NOT use too much borax stuff because it is VERY strong. Don’t use more than recommended!