How to get rid of period stains

Aunt Flo on an unexpected visit? Period stains are common, but they don't have to be permanent. Find out how to remove period stains here.

Updated 24 June 2019

How to get rid of period stains

Key Steps:

In a hurry? Here’s how to remove period stains in a nutshell:

  1. Act fast! Place the garment under cold running water right away.
  2. Carefully rub hand soap into the stain, rinse and repeat.
  3. Wash as usual.
  4. Dry naturally.

Aunt Flo’s visit, surfing the crimson wave, or having the painters in – whatever you call your period, it’s probably not your favourite time of the month. What can make it worse are period stains: easy to get, and (if you don’t know the trick) not-so-easy to remove.

But never fear. Our handy tips on how to get rid of period stains will let you take whatever Mother Nature throws at you in your stride. Forget Code Red, it is green lights all the way from now on.

With any kind of bloodstain, checking the care label of the garment should be your first step. Place the affected area under cold running water as soon as possible, avoiding hot water which can set the stain further. A good laundry detergent is also a given – we recommend Persil.

How Do You Get Period Stains Out of Sheets?

Of course, period stains don’t just affect our clothes and it’s not a nice feeling to wake up to marked bed sheets. Whether your sheets are white or another shade, the steps above will work just as well as they do on clothes.

However, if you do want to give white sheets some extra attention to ensure there are no residual marks then you can take the additional step of adding a little bleach to your final wash or even use it as a pre-treatment in the initial cleaning stages.

Remember to follow all safety precautions when using bleach, such as wearing safety clothing and only using it in a well-ventilated area. You should not apply bleach directly to fabrics either but instead soak the material in a bleach and water solution. Follow the instructions on the label to ensure you use it correctly and do not mix bleach with other cleaning products as it may cause a chemical reaction.

How To Get Rid of Period Stains on Underwear

For most underwear, the steps above will work fine. Just adapt your wash cycle to a delicate setting, and check the care label to be certain – for things like silk, you might have to tread a little more carefully.

So there you have it: simple period stain removal in no time. Perfect.

Originally published 19 July 2018