Dear Home-Ec 101,
How do I remove blood stains from fabric?
Turn yourself in, Dr. Michael Baden‘s on the case now, I hear. I’ll answer the question anyway, though; I hear we have quite the following in prisons all across the nation.
Most everyone knows the old peroxide trick to get rid of blood stains. But some people don’t happen to have it on hand, and some fabrics might be ruined by it. My mother always swore by using contact solution (saline) on a blood stain, if you can catch it right away.
I also heard that soaking the fabric in milk overnight will do away with the stain quite well. If you have a set-in stain, try rubbing salt on it and scrubbing with water, then laundering as usual.
Good luck on that whole “avoiding jail” thing!
UPDATE: A commenter, Stacie told us about Folex. She says she has used it on all sorts to stains and fabrics, including vintage fabrics with no damage. She told me you can find it with the carpet cleaners at Home Depot and with regular cleaners at the grocery store. With such glowing reviews, I’d say it’s worth a shot!
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