Period stains on undies can be an embarrassing and frustrating problem. These stains can be difficult to remove, especially if they've been sitting for a while. But don't let that stop you from wearing your favorite undies! With a little bit of know-how, you can easily remove period stains and have your undies looking like new again. Keep reading to learn how to remove period stains from washable fabrics.
These stains appear as discoloration of the fabric that is usually red or brown in color. They can be slightly wet or dry to the touch and may not have any specific smell.
Hot (120° to 140°F)
RATIONALE FOR WATER TEMP
Hot water helps to break down any bodily fluids and make it easier to remove.
The Science Behind Period Stains
Period stains occur when blood from the menstrual cycle comes into contact with fabric. The iron in the blood reacts with oxygen in the air, which causes it to turn a brownish color and can be difficult to remove. This is why menstrual blood is often referred to as "oxidized" blood. Additionally, the pH levels of menstrual blood are slightly acidic, which can also contribute to staining. The best way to prevent period stains on clothing is to use a menstrual product that can absorb the blood, such as a tampon or menstrual cup, and to change it frequently to prevent build-up. It's also helpful to rinse any stained clothing with cold water as soon as possible to remove as much of the blood as you can before it has a chance to set in.
What You'll Need To Get Rid Of Period Stains
A stain remover or pre-treatment product specifically formulated for blood stains
A laundry detergent or laundry soap
White vinegar (for colored clothes)
Hydrogen peroxide (for white clothes)
Step By Step Process To Remove Period Stains
Rinse the stained area with cold water as soon as possible. This will help to remove as much of the blood as possible before it has a chance to set in.
Apply a stain remover or pre-treatment product specifically formulated for blood stains to the stained area. Follow the manufacturer's instructions for use.
Wash the garment in the washing machine on the hottest water temperature recommended on the care label, using a laundry detergent or laundry soap.
If the stain persists, repeat steps 2 and 3 or try one of the following alternative methods:
For colored clothes: soak the garment in a solution of 1 part white vinegar to 3 parts water for 30 minutes before washing.
For white clothes: soak the garment in a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide for 30 minutes before washing.
Note: Always check the garment's care label before washing. Some fabrics or dyes may be damaged by high temperature or certain cleaning solutions.
Period stains occur due to the iron in menstrual blood reacting with oxygen, turning it brownish and difficult to remove. To remove period stains from washable fabrics, rinse the stain with cold water, use a stain remover or pre-treatment product, and wash the garment in hot water with a laundry detergent. If the stain persists, soak the garment in a solution of white vinegar or hydrogen peroxide before washing again. Always check the care label before washing.
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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.