How to remove blood stains
Blood is a protein and can easily be removed with Ammonia.
The problem is that ammonia is very high in alkalinity and will strip color. The key is to dilute the ammonia with water to a formula of 10 to 1, that’s 10 parts water and 1 part ammonia. It’s not necessary to buy some fancy stain remover in a fancy bottle, household ammonia that you buy at the drug store will work the same if not better. Ammonia has an extremely strong Odor so please mix the solution in a well ventilated area and DO NOT put the ammonia near your face or open wounds. You will be sorry if you do.
As always and especially in this instance, it is very important to test the color of the garment in an hidden area for color lost or fading. Use a white towel and apply some of the ammonia solution to the towel and dab a hidden area. Only proceed if there is NO color transfers to the towel. DO NOT proceed if there is any color on the towel. Working on a stain with the ammonia solution will strip color and even if the blood is removed there will be a whitish area where you put the ammonia solution.
If the color is not colorfast then change techniques and product. See the articles below on enzymes.
Apply the solution of ammonia and water to the blood stain and let it set for a few minutes occasionally tapping it with an old toothbrush to loosen up the blood and allowing the solution to penetrate. If the blood is not softening then increase the strength of the solution until you start to see results, but always keep in mind the sensitivity of the color. After the blood has soften proceed to either hand or machine wash the garment as usual. DO NOT leave the ammonia solution on the garment for more than a few minute or let it dry on the garment. This may cause serious damage to the color.
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