Let’s just admit it from the start – nobody wants to deal with period stains, but they must be cleaned if they happen to leak through. Unfortunately, you’re going to be stuck with your period for quite some time, but you don’t have to be a victim.
We’re going to teach you how to get period stains out, so you can go about your day like nothing ever happened. There are several different ways to handle the problem, and we’re going to walk you through each one.
For Fresh Period Stains
If the stain just happened, go ahead and run some lukewarm water over the fabric. Make sure to do this in the bathtub or sink. The force from the water alone will start to remove some of the stain. To actually remove the stain, grab some soap and scrub the stain vigorously.
Since the stain is fresh, you might not need to use any other cleaning agents because the soap and warm water should be enough to remove the blood.
For Dried Stains
If we’re talking about dried stains, then you might have some work ahead of you. To remove dried period stains, grab a regular cloth and dip it inside of hydrogen peroxide. You can use the cloth to directly scrub the stain.
Make sure to rinse well with water and toss the fabric item into the washing machine when you’re done. Keep in mind that the hydrogen peroxide works best on white fabrics.
When used on darker fabrics, the hydrogen peroxide can actually cause color fading, so we don’t recommend using it on dark fabrics.
The Aspirin Concoction
Did you know that you can actually use aspirin to remove blood stains? Aspirin is a blood thinner, so it will thin out the period stain and make it much easier to remove. To make the Aspirin concoction, just grind up some Aspirin pills and mix them with water. A baking soda paste can also work well.
For Delicate Fabrics
If the stain is on a delicate fabric, then you can use water and salt. You’ll want to act quickly and treat the stain with a water and salt paste. It’s important to take care of fresh stains immediately because you don’t want to give them time to set into the fabric.
To create the paste, just mix some salt with water. The goal is to soak the stain with salt, which is going to really help dissolve the blood. Rub the paste into the stain well and rinse it under cold water.
If you’re dealing with an exceptionally tough stain, you might consider using some ammonia. To get started, mix one tablespoon of ammonia with ½ cup of cold water. Pour it onto the stained fabric and let it sit for a minute.
Next, rinse the stain with cold water. You should avoid using ammonia on wool, silk and linen fabrics because it can react with these fabrics and cause problems. You might even try using some toothpaste to get the job done.