This may seem like a strange topic but after having small children this happens to be something that I have spent a fair amount of laundry hours doing.
As an adult, I cut myself shaving or doing something around the house and I make sure it stops bleeding and put a bandaid on it.
Small kids…totally different story. They get a boo-boo and they are like a magnet for my white duvet. My older son fell and bit his lip and my WHITE duvet had red smears all over it. How does that happen??
I have found these methods to work well.
Removal Of Fresh Blood
If you are fortunate enough to catch the blood before it dries on the sheets, you will have a much easier time removing it. It is important to remove the sheeting from the bed as soon as possible and rinse it out under cold water. Many people make the mistake of using hot water, thinking it will help to remove the stain better. However, this is what will cause the stain to set into the fabric. In fact, you should always use cold water to remove fresh stains from any garment, not just sheets.
Once the sheet has been thoroughly rinsed out with cold water, you will pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the bloodstain. Set the sheet aside for at least 25 minutes and pat the stain with a dry paper towel. If you find yourself out of bleach, you can always use white vinegar or club soda for the same effect. This method works well for light stains, for heavier stains, there is another method that works wonders on your sheets.
There are times when you are going to be forced to deal with heavier stains. In that case, the above method may not work as effectively. For those times, a bottle of ammonia is going to become your new best friend.
Take one tablespoon of ammonia and mix it with one cup of cold water and fill up a spray bottle. Close the bottle and make sure that the nozzle is in the off position and shake it up well. Spray the mist directly on the stain and wait up to an hour. Using a clean dry cloth, blot up any residue that remains. Once completed, wash the sheet by itself in cold water. Use extreme care with this method as ammonia has the tendency to bleach out colored fabrics.
Removal Of Dried Blood
Dried blood has the tendency to be quite hard to remove than fresh, yet it can be done with a little bit of elbow grease! The first step entails removing the sheet from the bed and placing it in a bucket of cold water. It is recommended to let the sheet sit overnight for the best results. By allowing the stain to sit in the cold water overnight, allows the blood to loosen up. If the sheet has already been washed and dried, there may be little chance of removing it. Typically, the dryer will bake the stain directly on the sheet. If you have not washed and dried the sheet previously we can move on to the next step.
One of the most effective methods you can try involves one of the most versatile liquids in the kitchen vinegar. Simply fill up a bowl with vinegar and let the stain soak in the bowl for at least 30 minutes. If the stain is too large to fit in a bowl, one can simply place the sheet into the bathtub and pour the vinegar directly over the stain. Once again, you can let the sheet sit for about a half-hour. Take the sheets and place them in the washing machine on the cold cycle and you should be greeted with a sheet as good as new.
These methods will help remove either fresh or dry blood from your favorite sheets. It is just important to remember that you never use hot water or the dryer before removing the stain as either will set the stain. Hopefully, these tips will save your next sheet set from going in the trash.