removing bloodstains from shirt?

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  1. janey macrumors 603

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    how?

    I usually manage to get them out before they dry, but I have a shirt with a couple-day-old blood stain that won't go away. I've already tried laundry detergent and bleach and peroxide and pretty much everything I found on Google.

    Got any pointers? :eek:
    It's a light blue cotton shirt.

    Thanks in advance :)
     
  2. devilot Moderator emeritus

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    You buy a new one.

    :eek: :p :shrug: If it was a stain on a white shirt, I'd just tell ya to use more bleach, but on colored fabric? I haven't the faintest clue what else you could do.
     
  3. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    have you tried attacking it with a tide pen?
    that thing is amazing!


    maybe you could wet the stain and try the peroxide route again?
     
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    The real question is WHY do you have bloodstains on your shirt janey?
     
  6. janey thread starter macrumors 603

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    Yeesh! Just a nosebleed. Won't come out. Will try the pen and the peroxide again, dry cleaners as the last resort. The shirt isn't worth that much :p
     
  7. motulist macrumors 68040

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    That's what I was thinking. Seinfeld did a whole stand up bit on his show where he goes into how the detergent ads all talk about how it gets out blood stains and he says something like 'Who are these people that always getting blood stains on their clothes? What, are they hitmen?'
     
  8. balamw Moderator

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    Nothing gets fresh blood out of clothing than cold water and plenty of salt. Doesn't work so well on a couple day old blood though...

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  9. iBlue macrumors Core

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    so it's not in the trunk of your car?

    peroxide/H2O at 50/50 is usually pretty effective. i think it's the coagulation that causes it to be such a pain in the ass. use [cold] water first and then add the peroxide; then rub/scrub out.

    there's some commercial products out there but i don't want to endorse one when i can't back it up.
     
  10. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Sard WonderSoap gets red wine and blood out without a fuss. As a madman, this is pretty important for me.

    Hmph. Looking through Google, it looks like it's Australian-only though. :(
     
  11. dcv macrumors G3

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    Blood-stained shirt? :eek: Is there something you wish to tell us? [​IMG]
     
  12. Chundles macrumors G4

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    Best way would be to incinerate it - you'll need a really hot flame so that it destroys the DNA, too cool a fire can singe parts of the fabric and leave important evidence behind. Something running a few thousand degrees should do it - maybe lower for cotton.

    Or, you could mulch it but you'll want to be sure that it will be undisturbed for many years until the whole thing is broken down.
    You might want to call Mr. Wolf.
     
  13. russed macrumors 68000

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    the only thing that works well is cold water - leave it to soak. however, if you have already treated it or used hot water on it - it will now be set in.
     
  14. Bushplum macrumors member

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    On a different matter, how do u remove blood stains so that they are not visible with UV lights?
     
  15. jimN macrumors 6502a

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    It's very tough to get dried blood out of a shirt. You really need to be on the ball and put it in to soak in cold water on the same day (i know, it's a bit late for that but there's always next time). I would still suggest a good long soap and then a bit of elbow grease with some 'hand wash' detergent. It could well be a good time to say good bye to the shirt.

    If you can get it to fade enough it might just be possible to continue using the shirt - i know that a number of number would scare the more eagle eyed parent.
     
  16. Stridder44 macrumors 68040

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    Killing is a sport too!


    Ok really though, I used one of those bleach pens before and that worked.
     
  17. janey thread starter macrumors 603

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    @balamw, yeah, that's what im doing now. doesn't seem to be working though.

    @Lau: hahahah :p that's great ;)

    @mad jew: I live in the US :(

    @dcv, like I said, it's just a nosebleed :eek:

    @russed, yeah, someone told me that too, so it hasnt been in any hot water yet.

    Doesn't look like it's coming out though :( Maybe faded a little, but still sticks out like a sore thumb. Oh well.
     
  18. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    How long have you left it soaking in water + detergent? :)
     
  19. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    Stain that part blue. No, seriously. Stain it blue, then try getting rid of the blue stain, or at least try getting it to fade so that it matches with your light blue shirt.

    The other option is just to throw it into the wash every time you do your laundry, and just wash it until it fades. Treat that spot over and over again using one of those bleach pens, and do it every day. Then wash. Try again right afterwards, repeat. It'll fade until only someone who stares directly at it would notice.

    Or just dry clean it. It's not THAT expensive to dry clean.
     
  20. janey thread starter macrumors 603

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    I know, I'm just being lazy :(

    @mad jew, in detergent? i think half an hour or so.
     
  21. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Yeah, as in fabric cleaning detergent. Maybe try leaving it to soak overnight. If I'm out of Sard and one of my shirts is covered in red wine then leaving it to soak overnight is usually a pretty good substitute. :)
     
  22. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Shard is a cleaning agent?
    (I can't be the only one who read it like that!)
     
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