Periods can be inconvenient at the best of times, but we shouldn’t have to worry about them ruining our favorite clothes or stopping us from wearing certain things in case we stain them. If you get period staining on your clothing or pajamas, no stress – here’s how to quickly, easily, and effectively remove the stain.
You will need the following:
- A small bowl
- An old toothbrush
- A spoon
Method One: Remove Fresh Stains
If you’ve spotted a fresh stain, this is usually the best time to remove it. As soon as you have noticed the stain, you should run your clothing or sheets under cold water. This should instantly dissolve the blood and any remaining residue you can remove using some hand soap. Top tip: you should never use hot water on blood stains as it encourages the proteins to set the stain into the fabric even more.
Method Two: Remove Old and Dry Stains
Although you might not think it’s possible, even old, dried stains can be removed if you know what you’re doing. You will need some unseasoned meat tenderizer for this step as it loosens up the stain by breaking down the fibers in blood. This is typically available in most grocery stores. If you can’t get any, use vinegar instead. Firstly, soak your fabric in cold water for an hour, then rub a generous amount of tenderizer onto the stain. Leave for 30 minutes, then shake off the excess and rinse. To finish, pop into the washing machine on a cold wash, and you’re good to go!
Method Three: Remove From Whites and Lights
There’s nothing riskier than wearing a pair of white jeans on your period, but why should we compromise on style during our time of the month?! Lemon juice or hydrogen peroxide can work really well to remove blood from light or white fabrics. Start by soaking your fabric in cold water for 30 minutes, then add the juice of one lemon or a few squirts of hydrogen peroxide. Leave for another 30 minutes, wring out and put on a cold wash in the machine.