1. Act quickly.
Fresh blood is a lot easier to wash out than blood that has dried and lodged itself in the fibres of your clothes.
You also want to wash the blood out in the direction it entered the fabric, preventing it from getting further into the material. In other words, bloodied side facing down.
Hold the material taut with the stain directly beneath the running water. The pressure of the water will help push the blood out.
2. The colder, the better.
This is another thing that people frequently get wrong: hot water can actually cause the blood to set into the fabric instead.
Always run the stain under a cold stream of water (the colder, the better!).You’ll be surprised at just how much of the blood comes out with a rinse if you get to it soon enough.
In the same vein, never put a stained outfit in the dryer, because that’ll just set the stain in its ways.
3. Try a salt solution.
Here’s a life hack for you: If you’re in a pinch in the middle of nowhere with no salt in reach, and you have to deal with a manageable amount of blood, you can always use saline eye drops or a contact lens solution to get most of it out.
4. Alternatively, use a meat tenderizing powder.
By creating a paste with unseasoned tenderizer powder, and applying it onto a stain, you’re allowing the paste to break down proteins in the stain.
Let it sit for about an hour, and rinse off with cold water. Voila!
5. When life gives you lemons…
If you’ve got some lemons lying around, simply soak your stained clothing in cold water before submerging it into a Ziploc bag with some lemon juice and salt.
Then, press the juice into the fabric, focusing on the area where the stain is, and let it sit in the lemon-salt mixture for about 10 to 20 minutes before – here comes the key bit – hanging it out to dry under direct sunlight.
It should be noted that this isn’t ideal for delicate materials.
6. Aspirin solves more than just headaches.
Another easy way to get the stain out? Crush up some aspirin pills with a small amount of water, and then apply the paste onto the stained area.
The mixture should get most of the stain out, so you don’t have to do too much elbow work rubbing it off.