How To Remove Body Fluid Stain From Washable Fabrics
January 23, 2023
Dealing with bodily fluid stains on clothes can be a sensitive and personal matter, but don't worry, there's a solution. We've got the step-by-step guide to remove those tough stains from your clothes. Keep reading to learn how to remove bodily fluids stains on your clothes.
Various (depending on type)
Can vary in color and consistency when fresh depending on the type of fluid and may have a slight odor.
Hot (120° to 140°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Hot water helps to break down the fluid and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Body Fluid Stains
Bodily fluids such as blood, urine, and sweat can stain clothes because they contain pigments, enzymes, and bacteria that can stick to fabric fibers. The pigments found in these fluids are either intrinsic to the fluid, such as the iron in blood, or come from the food we eat. Enzymes and bacteria also play a role in the staining process. These pigments, enzymes, and bacteria are insoluble in water, meaning they do not dissolve and can be left behind on fabric after the fluids dry. Additionally, when these fluids come into contact with fabric, they can transfer some of these pigments, enzymes, and bacteria, leaving behind a discoloration or stain. To prevent staining, it is best to rinse off the fluids as soon as possible and to use laundry detergents that are specifically designed to remove these types of stains.
Blot the stain with a clean, white cloth to remove as much excess fluid as possible.
Mix a solution of 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 teaspoon of dish soap in a cup of warm water.
Using a clean, white cloth, apply the solution to the stain and work it in gently.
Allow the solution to sit on the stain for 5-10 minutes.
Make a paste by mixing equal parts of baking soda and water. Apply the paste over the stain and allow it to sit for 10-15 minutes.
Mix 1/4 cup of ammonia in 1 quart of water. Dip a cloth in the solution and use it to blot the stain.
Rinse the area with warm water, and then wash the garment in the washing machine using the hottest water temperature recommended on the care label, with a regular amount of laundry detergent and additional 1/2 cup of stain remover specifically formulated for body fluid stains.
Note: Before applying any method, it's important to check the care label of the garment to ensure that the fabric can withstand the suggested temperature of water and the cleaning products. Also, test the solution on an inconspicuous area of the garment to check for colorfastness. Also, never mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar or ammonia, as it can create dangerous fumes.
Bodily fluids such as blood, urine and sweat can stain clothes due to pigments, enzymes, and bacteria that can stick to fabric fibers. To remove the stain, use hydrogen peroxide, dish soap, baking soda, ammonia, laundry detergent, and a stain remover specifically formulated for body fluid stains. Mix the solution, apply it to the stain, allow it to sit for a few minutes, rinse the area with warm water and wash the garment with laundry detergent and stain remover. Check the care label of the garment and test the solution on an inconspicuous area before applying. Note that hydrogen peroxide should not be mixed with vinegar or ammonia, as it can create dangerous fumes.
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About The Writer
Marcene Livn has worked in the cleaning industry for more than a decade. Her specialty is stain removal. From everyday spills to tough, set-in stains, Marcene's methods and knowledge are unmatched.