How to remove blood stains from clothing

How to remove blood stains from clothing

Blood stains on clothes, especially on white clothes, might be scary at first, as it is a tough stain, especially if it is not treated while the stain is still fresh. But no need to panic: With a few tips and tricks, blood stains will not stand a chance against you. Read on and check out our step-by-step guide on how to get rid of blood stains on your shirts or jeans.

7 steps to remove blood stains

  • 1

    Remove excess

    Rinse the blood-stained garment under cold running water to remove any excess blood. The higher the water pressure, the easier it will be to remove any excess.

    Remove excess
  • 2

    Prepare a Soaking Solution

    Next, pre-treat the blood-stained garment. Fill a sink or bucket with warm water and add half a scoop of Ariel Washing Powder. Mix the solution by hand until the detergent is completely dissolved.

    Prepare a soaking solution
  • 3


    Add your blood-stained garments to the solution and leave to soak for an hour. If the stained garment keeps floating to the top, place a white towel on top of it to keep it fully immersed in the soaking solution.

  • 4

    Preparing for wash

    Gently wring out the excess water before adding it to your wash with similar items.

    Preparing to wash
  • 5


    Add the detergent based on the instructions on your pack.

  • 6


    Load your garment into the washing machine with other similar items and wash on your usual cycle at the highest temperature shown on the care label.

  • 7


    After the wash cycle is complete, unload the garments immediately.

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Alternative method to remove blood stains

You could try the following method for blood stains, but keep in mind that Ariel was developed specifically for this purpose, so it will always be more effective.

  1. Mix a tablespoon of dish soap with two cups of cold water.

  2. Take a sponge and dab the solution into the garment until the blood stain disappears.

  3. Use the sponge again with clean water to clean off the remaining dish soap, then wash the garment as usual.

As mentioned before, using Ariel is always a better option if you’re going for a trusted clean. Choose Ariel Matic for tough stain removal, clean and fresh smelling clothes in 1 wash. Pick Ariel Matic Front Load if you have a front load fully automatic washing machine or Ariel Matic Top Load if you have a top load fully automatic machine. In case of semi-automatic washing machine, choose our simple Ariel powder detergent.

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FAQs about blood stains

  • Soaking the blood-stained garment into water mixed with vinegar can help remove the stain, but using laundry detergent instead of vinegar will give you more effective results.

  • Mixing baking soda with water and letting the solution sit on the stain for up to an hour can help dampen the stain, but using a laundry detergent that is specifically developed to remove stains is always a more effective option.

  • Use a pre-treating solution of water mixed with laundry detergent, let the garment sit in it for an hour, then wash it normally.

  • Putting some toothpaste directly on a blood stain and letting it sit there for an hour can help remove the stain, but you can be much more effective with a solution of water mixed with laundry detergent.

  • Mixing salt with water and putting it on the stain can help lift blood stains due to the salt’s dehydrating properties, but if you want truly effective results, make sure you use laundry detergent mixed with water as pre-treatment.