Removing Blood Stains

by Kelsey Norwood

in Kid Stuff,Making Over

In my son’s nearly 2 years, he’s had 2 bloody noses in the middle of the night. Have you ever walked into your child’s bedroom in the middle of the night, half asleep, without your glasses, to sooth him back to sleep only to find his face covered in blood? Hmm? If you have children at all, probably. Two other times my son has catapulted himself off of some high surface at the park and given himself a bloody nose. And he’s not even 2 – what will the future bring…

As my child is prone to bloody noses, I have a secret to share with you. Hydrogen Peroxide. This stuff gets blood out of almost anything.


Before doing anything else, pour hydrogen peroxide over the spot and gently scrub with a cloth. The blood spot will bubble a little, and sometimes you don’t have to rub at all, it just magically disappears. Other times, it takes a little more work. The important thing is to treat the area with the hydrogen peroxide first, before doing anything else.

I have spare bottles of hydrogen peroxide on hand now that I’ve discovered it’s usefulness – who would have thought that such inexpensive and common stuff would get blood stains out so nicely?!?


1. Ink Stains – Use hairspray to remove ink stains. Spray generously on affected area and launder in cold water.

2. Toilet Bowl Ring – Pour white vinegar into the toilet bowl and let sit. It might take some scrubbing, but the vinegar will help you remove the stain.

3. Glue StainScrape as much glue off with a spatula as you can without spreading. Mix one part warm water to one part white vinegar, spray the area, and blot off the glue. Repeat as needed and rinse with water when the stain is gone.

4. Other Red Stains (spaghetti sauce or berries) – Use peroxide again and put baking soda on top.

{ 7 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Baba February 4, 2009 at 12:28 pm

Thank you so much for this tip. Blood stains have been my bane!

2 Edna February 4, 2009 at 12:32 pm

Got anything good for mustard?

3 Terressa February 5, 2009 at 1:03 pm

know any secrets to get fingernail polish out of shirts? yep, my daughter wanted to paint her nails and spilled over 1/2 the jar down her shirt (one of my favs of course). any secrets to get it out more would be awesome! thanks.

4 NIKKI February 5, 2009 at 3:12 pm

Also another great cleaner that I have found to remove tough stains is an all natural product called Stain Shocker. Of course I use it with my steamer and the combination of the two is amazing! I have even gotten lipstick out of carpet! You can get Stain Shocker at http://www.sargent It is well worth your time to check this store out.

5 Yolanda February 8, 2009 at 11:32 pm

Love the tips! One more that works wonders…treat greasy spots on clothes (even after they’ve been washed and dried!) by spraying lightly with water or stain spray and then sprinkle generously with cornstarch. Let it soak up the moisture for about 30 minutes before shaking it off and washing as usual. It has taken out about 95% of the grease stains I’ve tried it on.

6 Maren B. February 9, 2009 at 9:29 am

OOooo, that’s helpful!

7 Melissa October 13, 2009 at 8:35 am

I have another thing that works on blood stains….you’ll think it’s weird at first but it really really works. If you are somewhere where you don’t have access to peroxide, just spit on it. The enzymes in saliva breaks down the blood and it will get a stain out or make it so one deosn’t set. I have tried it and it works.

Peroxide is wonderful too….I also have a 2 year old that gets lots of bloody bumps and bruises, but when he wasn’t even 2 yet he fell and hit a glass table right on the bridge of his nose between his eyes. It bleed a lot and he got 3 stiches. When we were at the hospital, he and I looked like something out of a horror movie from him falling and me carring him. The nurse told us about using the peroxide, it work like a gem! I just put everything in a bowl poured some peroxide in on top of it all and soaked it for about 20 minutes and every spot was gone and it didn’t hurt or discolor the fabrics.

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