How to get blood stains out of sheets

Accidents can happen at any time, in any place, but what do you do if you have blood stains on sheets in your home? Learn tips for getting blood out of sheets here.

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Key Steps

  1. Soak the stain with cold water, never hot.
  2. Pre-treat dried stains with liquid detergent or stain remover. 
  3. Wash thoroughly in the washing machine. 
  4. Don't let the sheet dry before the stain is fully removed.

We spend almost a third of our lives in bed, so it’s not surprising that sometimes a bit of blood gets on the sheets. This can be distressing – but don’t worry because there are a few easy ways of getting blood out of sheets and some simple products to use.

Here’s everything you need to know about how to remove blood stains from sheets.

Blood stains on sheets are very common. Try soaking in cold water before putting them in the normal wash cycle with good quality detergent.

How to get blood stains out of sheets

1. Run under cold water or soak

If you notice the stain when it happens immediately remove the sheet and run it under cold water. Yep, that’s right – cold. Avoiding hot water when it comes to stain removal may seem counter-intuitive, but the heat could actually bake in the stain rather than help get rid of it. If the blood mark is particularly stubborn run it under the water for 20 minutes and then leave to soak in a bowl of fresh cold water. You can do this for as long as you feel necessary, but an hour or two will usually suffice.

2. Use washing up liquid before a normal wash

This is a funny tip, but pretty effective. If you’re wondering how to get blood out of sheets try dabbing on a little washing up liquid. This helps shift any locked in elements of the stain. After applying to the affected area put the item straight into a normal wash.

3. Getting blood out of sheets using a washing machine

Washing machines can be effective at removing blood stains … if you use the right detergent and machine settings. Detergent wise we like Persil Bio Washing powder. This is designed for super strong stain removal.

If your sheets are brightly coloured or have strong patterns you could use Persil Small & Mighty Colour instead. This was created to remove stains while maintaining strong colours. As always when using a new product, make sure to read the directions on the label, test in a small area first, and take any safety precautions (always keep cleaning products out of reach of children).

4. How to get blood out of sheets after drying

If you only notice blood on the sheet once it’s already dried, never fear, these steps will generally work for both old and new stains. Rinse in cold water, apply washing up liquid then put in the laundry for a really thorough clean. Read our article on removing dried blood stains for further information.

With these four different solutions, getting rid of blood stains on sheets could be easier than you expect! For advice on removing blood stains from other fabrics, read our articles 'how to remove blood stains from clothes' and 'how to get blood stains out of carpet'.

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