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Blood stains can spoil the best things: a cut on the finger ruins the white shirt, an unexpectedly heavy menstruation the new suede sofa. However, this only applies if you use the wrong methods to remove these stains. We will show you which home remedies you can use to effectively remove the blood and give tips on what to look for when removing stains.
Heat fixes the stains
Blood contains a lot of protein. You can see what that means when you prepare scrambled eggs. The protein coagulates even at low heat. For the proteins in the blood, this point is given at 57 degrees Celsius. Therefore, a major mistake is to wash out blood with hot water or to throw the blood-stained clothes into the cook clothes. Hemoglobin, the protein that gives the blood its red color, consists of proteins, and these change their structure through heat. So if we wash in good faith as thoroughly as possible, i.e. hot, we do not remove the stains, on the contrary, we ensure that they adhere firmly to the fibers of the fabric.
Home remedies for blood stains
Various home remedies help to remove the blood stains.
1) salt. Wash the fresh blood stains with cold (!) Water. Then put the soiled fabric in cold salt water. Add about 3 tablespoons of salt to one liter of water.
Have the blood stains already dried up? Then put the fabric in a bucket of cold water and add half a pack of table salt. Leave the laundry to soak in salt water overnight, then rinse and wash the fabric in the washing machine at low temperatures.
2) Lemon juice. Lemon juice helps with fresh blood stains. Squeeze fresh lemon juice onto the stain and wait about 15 minutes. Then wash the stain with cold water.
3) Hardly known aspirin. Do not take this now for headaches, but dissolve a tablet in water and rub the water into the stains. Since you don't have to put all of the fabric in water, aspirin is also suitable for treating blood stains on car seats or carpets.
4) Bile soap. Rub the stain with gall soap. Then rinse the fabric with cold water until no stain is visible.
5) bathtub. Large items of clothing and / or large blood stains such as sheets or runners are best soaked in cold water in the bathtub.
6) Spray gun. Some fabrics cannot be washed out in a bowl or tub. This includes the covers of car seats, shoes and carpets. Here, pour cold water into a spray gun and spray the stains to moisturize them.
Then drain the dissolved blood with a dry, absorbent cloth. Kitchen paper is just as suitable as a cotton cloth.
They spray again until there are no more spots and make sure that the area on the cloth with which they dab remains dry.
7) Neutral soap. If there are blood stains on leather, mix distilled water with neutral soap in a spray bottle and spray the corresponding area.
8) Ammonia spirit. If there are blood stains on the wallpaper, mix one part of ammonia spirit or spirit with ten parts of water in a spray bottle and spray the solution onto the stains.
Alcohol is recommended for stains on particularly sensitive fabrics, especially silk. To do this, soak a cotton ball with alcohol and dab until the stain disappears. This works best before the blood settles on the sensitive side. Never try to rub the stain out. They destroy the silk and can throw the clothes away.
Baking powder or potato starch
Baking soda or potato starch are particularly suitable home remedies for blood stains on wool. You mix the powder with water into a paste that can be spread. Massage this into the stain. Be careful, for example take a microfiber cloth. As with silk, do not rub hard. Otherwise, nodules form on the wool.
Let the paste soak in for half an hour, then remove the mixture with a damp cloth and wash the fabric with cold water.
This paste also works against blood stains on upholstery and carpets. Here you wipe off the mixture after soaking and remove any residues after drying.
Instead of using starch, you can also make a mixture of flour and glycerin.
Which home remedies for which stains?
Washing powder or potato starch are suitable for the car seat, washing powder, soap, salt, lemon juice and mineral water are suitable for the duvet and sheets. Washing powder and soap are the most effective, and carbonated water is the gentlest.
It is best to clean sofas with washing powder or starch, jeans with washing powder and soap, with cold water in the bath tub, pillows with washing powder, soap, mineral water or lemon juice. Washing powder, soap, salt or lemon juice is recommended for clothing.
In addition to moist cornstarch, you can also use soda powder for wool.
When it comes to shoes, it depends on the material. If the shoes are washable, proceed as with ordinary clothes. With leather and synthetic leather, you proceed as usual with leather.
Duvets with down
You have to be particularly careful when using down comforters. You fill a bathtub halfway with cold water, then dissolve a cup of washing powder and put the duvet in it. The stains must be completely under water.
You soak the blanket for an hour and rinse it thoroughly with the shower from the shower. Then wash the blanket in the washing machine at 30 degrees Celsius.
Even better: you wash the blanket by hand after the shower and place it on two drying racks to dry. Turn the blanket several times while drying and shake it out.
You should pay attention to this with blood stains
Blood stains are stubborn and are best removed as long as they are fresh. Therefore, it is best to remove the stains immediately. This usually works with cold water without additives.
For home remedies, test them first on an inconspicuous area. If the remedy is unsuitable, otherwise you will smear the stain and a little annoyance becomes a big problem.
If the stains disappear after washing them with cold water, there is often an edge. To remove this, wash the clothes at 30 degrees Celsius. Pay attention to detergents that contain protein-decomposing enzymes. This usually does not apply to mild detergents or wool detergents. The finer the fabric, the more it is advisable to process it with gall soap.
Never use colored paper or cloth towels to dab. These could rub off and make the damage worse.
Dabbing means not pushing the blood into the tissue and increasing the contaminated area.
To ensure that salt water penetrates the fibers better, you can roughen the fabric with a toothbrush before soaking. You have to be very careful here, because you should neither damage the fabric nor press blood into the fibers.
To the fast
You don't always have time to wash out the fresh blood stains immediately. Let's say you are already at the front door, on your way to work, and you suddenly get nosebleeds. The blood runs down her fresh shirt collar. They run into the house, the bus arrives in ten minutes and they have to act quickly.
Put the shirt in a sink, pour cold water and add salt. Now let the fabric soak and remove the stains when you get back from work.
Or blood drips on their clothes while you are eating in the restaurant. Get a bottle of mineral water, go to the toilet, and wash out the blood.
Grass and blood stains
Sometimes clothing is stained with grass and blood stains, for example when a child bruises its knees. Grass stains are easier to remove with a full wash at high temperatures than with cold water. Bile soap and lemon juice are equally effective against blood and grass stains.
If there are grass stains after the blood has been washed out, you can wash the fabric again at a minimum of 60 degrees in a full wash, but please not while there is blood in the clothing, since the protein is fixed in the heat. (Dr. Utz Anhalt)
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.
Dr. phil. Utz Anhalt, Barbara Schindewolf-Lensch
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