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how to get rid of a blood stain

Summer's here, and we are smack dab in the middle of yard work, outdoor recreational activities, hunting and fishing. It is inevitable that we will get dirt on our hands and grass stains on our knees as we are soaking up the great outdoors in warmer weather.

Grass and mud stains are easily dealt with, but there are other stains that may get on and into clothing that need more vigorous attention. We're talking about blood stains----whether they be due to yard work injuries, hunting and fishing activities, or even falls and scrapes, one of the most difficult substances to get out of cloth is a blood stain.

While a small portion of staining might be acceptable for your outdoor wear, you don't want to have large stains threaten to ruin your outdoor look. Take these simple and effective steps to minimize staining and remove the worst of it, saving your clothing for more outdoor fun and frivolity.

Steps To Take To Save Your Clothes From Blood Stains

So, unfortunately you've stained your favorite shirt or pair of pants, whether that's your blood or from an animal - certain activities make getting blood stains on clothing inevitable. Luckily, just because you've got a blood mark on your jeans now doesn't mean they can't be saved!

Treat the stain as soon as possible

The more recent a stain, the more likely you are to be able to get it out. If you notice blood on your clothes, treat it as soon as possible to prevent drying. If you simply can't deal with it at the moment, throw the garment in some ice water and serious soak time before you attempt to remove the stain later.

NEVER place the garment in hot water to begin with

Nothing sets a good blood stain like hot water; this will literally seal the deal. Hot water will cause the stain to sink deeper into fabric, making it almost impossible to get out. Soak in cold water instead for several hours or overnight for best results.

Use running water if possible

If you notice that the stains are still fresh, remove your garment and hold it taut under cold running water. You'll be surprised at how much you can remove with this simple method of water running through the fabric. Immerse the stain in cold water for a little bath for the remaining area, and you'll see freshened fabric in no time.

Use soap....any kind

The combination of hand soap, laundry soap, or even dishwashing soap with cold water is genius when dealing with blood stains. You may have to go over it a few times, but as you continue to work the soap into the cloth and rinse, you'll see a return to lighter happier days, reflected in your newly freshened garment.

Try lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide

Both lemon juice and hydrogen peroxide are powerful bleaching agents; only use these on lighter garments, however, as they will both result in a little bit of color loss on darker garments such as jeans and jackets.

Apply some aspirin or baking soda

Both crushed aspirin and baking soda can be mixed with water to make a paste; apply to the stains and rub in, letting your garment sit overnight. Launder as usual, and you should be good to go once more.

Invest in some blood-specific products

If you are a seasoned or regular big game hunter, you are likely to get your fair share of stains on clothing. Why not invest in some oxygenated cleanser or some enzymatic cleaner as part of your regular laundry routine? Many of these tough stain products are designed to work on blood and other items that are difficult to remove; having these on hand after a gaming weekend will be in your best interest if you want to protect your hunting gear.

Use salt or saline

Both of these common household products are incredibly effective at removing blood stains when you have little else to fall back on. Simply rub a bit into the stain and let sit for at least 30 minutes before laundering as usual. Voila......you're good to go!

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Chances are that you aren't an MMA fighter or a zombie hunter but blood stains are a part of life. From getting a bloody nose to comforting your child who just fell off the swing set and now needs first aid ... your clothes are going to get stained at some point.

While it is not always ideal to have to deal with blood stains on clothing, the good news is that you now have several strategies for dealing with everything from freshly stained to deeply soiled clothing. You won't have to replace your favorite garments with these tips and tricks for getting your clothes clean. Have a great and grimy outdoor season!

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James' passion for exploration and sense of duty to his community extends beyond himself. This means he is dedicated to providing a positive role model for other men and especially younger guys that need support so that they can thrive and be future positive contributors to society. This includes sharing wisdom, ideas, tips, and advice on subjects that all men should be familiar with, including: family travel, men's health, relationships, DIY advice for home and yard, car care, food, drinks, and technology. Additionally, he's a travel advisor and a leading men's travel influencer who has been featured in media ranging from New York Times to the Chicago Tribune, and LA Times. He's also been cited by LA Weekly "Top Travel Bloggers To Watch 2023" and featured by Muck Rack: "Top 10 Outdoor Journalists for 2022".

He and his wife Heather live in St Joseph, Michigan - across the lake from Chicago.