From paper cuts to scraped knees – you don’t have to be particularly clumsy in order to draw blood. Although your instinct might be to brush yourself down and get on with the day, this means lingering blood can easily be left to stain clothes.
Removing dried blood stains is notoriously tricky – this is due to the haemoglobin in the blood, which clots when exposed to air. Whilst this is incredibly handy when it comes to healing the body, it also means the blood will fix itself into fabric, fast!
So, it’s certainly advisable to deal with stains on the spot – you can check out our guide on removing fresh blood stains from clothes here, or find information on dealing with period stains here. However, if you’ve come across an item of clothing hours after the blood has set: all is not lost. There are things you can do to remove dried blood, such as following the steps below:
(Remember to wash all clothing according to the label’s guidelines)