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help. i need to know how to wash blood out of laundry sheets. my poor kitty cat had a boil or sore, or something, i don't know what to call it, anyway she bled all over my sheets. what works best? what doesn't work ?


-- gene ward (, November 20, 2000


Gene: I haven't tried this, but in a book by Yankee Magazine I have, they recommend soaking a fresh stain in 1/2 teaspoon salt to 1 cup cold water, rubbing as necessary, then laundering. Older stains call for an initial soaling in a solution of 2 Tablespoons of ammonia per gallon of cold water. Wash in cold water and dishwashing liquid to remove any traces of the stain after the ammonia treatment. For larger items like blankets, that you prefer not to have to wash the entire item: make a past of cornstarch and wter and slather it onto the stain. Let dry, brush off and keep repeating until the stain has disappeared. Good luck! Jan

-- Jan in Colorado (, November 20, 2000.

My Grandmother (who was a nurse for 35 years) always poured hydrogen peroxide directly on the bloody fabric. I use it on all fabrics and it hasn't hurt any as of yet! After the peroxide works it's "magic" I rinse with cool water or wash as directed. Good luck!

-- Debbie T in N.C. (, November 20, 2000.

I'm with Debbie on the peroxide, I use it all the time. It is safe enough, even my younger boys can pretreat their own clothes, and it works!! I like the gel peroxide, it gets down in and stays in the fiber better for a better stain removal.

-- Cindy in OK (, November 20, 2000.

Gene my granny taught me to soak blood stains in cold water....warm water will set the stain. After soaking rub a little soap on it and rub like crazy. It's always worked for me.

-- Amanda S (, November 20, 2000.

Cold water with ammonia works for me. Soak it for about an hour or so. I find this safer on coloured items than H. peroxide, but I'd use peroxide on whites. I've heard some people swear by Adolph's meat tenderizer (probably the papain does it).

-- Julie Froelich (, November 21, 2000.

Sounds like your cat has an abcess. It usually starts as a puncture wound which scabs over, and festers underneath until it "explodes" blood and pus. You better check it out, they can be really nasty. You've got lots of knowledgeable "cat people" here!!

-- Cathy Horn (, November 21, 2000.

Milk works great too,soak the spots or whole thing for a few minutes and rinse.

-- renee oneill{md.} (, November 21, 2000.

Emergency room nurses at the hospital where I work told me hydrogen peroxide works great. (And they get blood on their clothes more often than most of us!)

-- Kathleen Sanderson (, November 21, 2000.

I have used hydrogen peroxide and monosodium glumanate (meat tenderizer) to break down blood stains in fabrics.

-- Jay Blair (, November 21, 2000.

Just say No to salt, It is a mordant will help set stain or dye....

-- Jim (, November 22, 2000.

I have also used peroxide but have found that bleach works well also. You can soak the whole sheet, if it is white, or just do the spot with a little of bleach and it should do the trick. I use bleach for everything from laundry to sink cleaning and even on goats for ring worm when necessary. (diluted of course). Good Luck !!!!

-- Helena Di Maio (, November 27, 2000.

I use dry bleach..the cheapest no name brand you can for me..have tried the peroxide and the dry bleach does better for me as I am a "bleeder" from way back.. I use the Always Save brand.

-- Lynn (, November 27, 2000.



18 year old step son wassss dumb enough to wear BRAND new jeans to help his grandpa pull a cow. I used "oxyclean" and you couldn't tell that anything had happened. Good luck, cindy

-- cindy (, April 25, 2001.

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