Blood on coloured clothes

How To Remove The Stain

For WHITES use Vanish Gold for Whites Oxi Action Powder for a whitening boost and for COLOURS use Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder.

Blood on clothes - For Colours


Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder 

In Wash

Step 1:

Take a scoop of Vanish Gold Oxi Action Powder.

Step 2:

Pour it directly in the machine with your laundry or in the drawer with your detergent.

Step 3:

Wash as usual.


Always follow the usage instructions on the Vanish packaging. Do not use on wool, silk or leather. Do not use on finished or coated surfaces - for example wood, metals etc.

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If you don't have a Vanish stain removal product to hand then don't worry. We're still able to provide some handy hints on removing blood stains. We will help you remove blood stains even once they have dried-in.

  • White Vinegar - Pour white vinegar directly onto the stain, and gently rub it in before laundering as normal.
  • Aspirins - Mix two crushed aspirins with water to make a solution. Soak the problem area in this mixture and rinse after 30 minutes of soaking.
  • Salt - Dissolve salt in cold water and gently sponge the solution onto the item until the stain disappears. Additionally, you can use saline solution used to clean contact lenses.  
  • Baking Soda - Mix one part baking soda with two parts cold water in a bowl to make a paste and then dab onto the blood stained area. Leave for half an hour and wipe off all remaining residue.
  • Milk - Soak the stained area for several hours in milk before rinsing with cold water and laundering as normal.
  • Lemon - Rub half a lemon over the stain and sprinkle some table salt on top. Leave for ten minutes, and then use a damp cloth to dab. Wash in the washing machine as normal.

Take care as the following alternative methods may not be suitable for use on all types of fabric and do not guarantee results. Always test a small area of fabric first. Wash in the washing machine as normal after treating.  

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Rinse the blood stain with cold water

  • Remove as much blood as possible with cold, clean water. Remember to apply water on both sides of the fabric by stretching the clothing fabric over the tap. Avoid smearing the blood around wherever possible.
  • Cold water is best for blood stains as it will cause the blood to break down and dissolve. Warm or hot water will literally "cook" the blood and the stain will become more difficult to remove.

Why shouldn’t you use hot water and what makes blood so difficult to remove?

  • As blood stains are protein-based using hot water can cause the blood to bind to the fabric, setting the stain. This is what makes blood stains especially tricky to remove!
  • There's no easy way to undo this change, which is why you should never wash blood stains with warm water.

What should you do if the blood stain has already dried?

  1. If the stain has dried then the best course of action is to try and gently scrape off the excess blood with a spoon or a blunt knife.
  2. Apply cold water directly to the back of the stain and run through, this should loosen the stain. Remember to not use hot water as it can “cook” the blood and make it more difficult to remove. Even blood that has dried this can still happen under hot temperatures.
  3. Use Vanish Gold Oxi Action, following the steps above or on the packaging.
  4. Finally, wash the item of clothing in the washing machine on a low-temperature setting.

Prevention is better than cure

By the time you experience a cut, it is usually too late to prevent a stain. However, one of the main things you can do is avoid light coloured clothing while it is healing as any bump or scrape will easily show up.