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Ladies! Hopefully, as a woman, somebody taught you about the best way to get blood out of clothes. After all, we have this pesky thing we affectionately call Aunt Flow or, in clearer terms, a period. And as hard as you try to avoid it, you may get a leak once in a while. My first suggestion if you have trouble with leaks is to get rid of the leaking problem and try switching to a menstrual cup! My life changed so much when I started using one; I’m now a proud owner of 3. They’re less expensive in the long run, more comfortable, and – best of all – rarely leak. I digress. The question remains for those pesky days when you notice a little bit of a leak: “How do you remove blood stains?” Let me tell you.
Whenever you notice a leak, go change as quickly as possible. I get it, you weren’t expecting a leak. So you probably weren’t expecting to need something to change into. I try to keep an extra set of clothes in my car in case of such emergencies. Believe me, I’m the only one in my small family who does this, and it’s simply because I’m a woman and don’t ever want to walk around trying to hide a leak for the rest of the day!
Men just don’t understand what it’s like to be surprised by blood flow. Example:
OH MY GOD AT ALL THE GIRLS IN MY REPLIES RIGHT NOW
— Tyler Oakley (@tyleroakley) July 22, 2015
Lather and Wash
As soon as you’re somewhere a little more private than the bathroom at work or school, it’s best to wash that clothing out. Just some basic bar soap will work great, no need to get anything fancy!
Yeah, it sucks. Honestly, any day I’m bleeding is a day I just want to bite heads off anyway, so I’ll be the one who tells you that if you don’t kill someone for the rest of the day, you’re doing an awesome job!
Hydrogen peroxide, diluted to 3% (this is easy to find and cheap at the grocery store), is the key ingredient here to removing a blood stain. Just make sure your clothing is at least a little damp, and then go at it with a little hydrogen peroxide. Honestly, I probably go a little bit overboard, but I put a few drops on and let it sit for a few minutes. It’ll foam up a bit. This is normal, it’s not killing your clothes. You’ll be able to do this to them again next time it happens. After 2-5 minutes, give it a good wash and rinse it out in warm water. Then repeat the process until you’re satisfied that it’s back to its original color. Honestly, you won’t even notice it the next time you wear the clothing. It won’t make you think of death.
Final Step: Wash
After you’ve got your clothes looking close to pristine again, go ahead and throw them in the wash as normal. Please notice I said as normal. If your clothes say, “Delicate. Hand wash only.” Then please hand wash them only.
Tips for Dried Stains
Stains that have been dried (think more than just the rest of your day out and about), here are a few tricks you can try.
- Soak your clothes first. This loosens up the particles in the stain a little bit. This works best if it hasn’t been a really long time, but hey you can try it out either way.
- Make sure the water is hot! Heat helps so much in removing a stain! When you soak, and later rinse, your stained clothing, just make sure you’re using hot water.
- Try an iron. Obviously, menstrual blood is in places on clothing that’s sometimes awkward to iron because of the shape. But if you’re struggling to get a really hard part out, I suggest trying everything else and then letting it sit with hydrogen peroxide again, scrub it out, put a little more hydrogen peroxide on, and then a few minutes later use the iron.
Do you have any tricks you use to get rid of blood stains? Obviously, it can be for something other than period blood, but it’s always great to have a reference for those frustrating days with leaks.