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How to remove period stains from your bed sheets

Let’s just face the uncomfortable truth.

Since about half of the world’s population bleeds on a monthly basis for most of our lives, that means that at some point sheets will inevitably get stained with blood. Thankfully, it’s not the end of the world. Though an unwelcome scenario, if it does happen you don’t have to get rid of your favourite bedding set, nor do you have to resign to sleeping on stains from now on. With a little persistence and some help from readily accessible materials, you can get rid of the stains completely.

Let’s just hope your valuable blood removal skills won’t ever be needed for other scenarios.

Here is what to do if despite your best intentions you wake up in the morning with a stain behind you.

Run under cold water

As soon as you notice the stain, run it under cold water. This will be particularly effective is the stain is fresh but is an important step even with dried and settled stains. Remember, it’s essential that the water be cold, as hot water will cook the blood and lock the stain in.

In case of fresh stains, cold water and a bit of soap (either hand soap or liquid laundry detergent will do) might be all that’s needed to completely get rid of the stain.

Pretreat before washing

If cold water is not enough (which it likely won’t be in case of dried and older stains), there are several further steps you can take before tossing the sheet in the washing machine. Pick the one that suits your fancy, and use whatever materials you have on hand.

Salt can do wonders to blood stains. Rub some salt into the stain and then soak the sheet in cold water.

You can also soak the sheet in hydrogen peroxide or lemon juice for 15 minutes before washing it in cold water. Just be careful when using it with darker color sheet as it may cause discoloration.

Make a paste out of meat tenderizer (choose an unseasoned variety unless you plan to hide the blood under a layer of paprika) and cold water, treat the stain with it and leave it on for 15 minutes.

Make a paste by mixing baking soda or crushed aspirin tablets with a bit of water. Rub it into the stain and let sit for 30 minutes before washing.

There are also commercial products, like OxyClean, that you can use to pretreat your stain.

Afterwards, wash the sheet in cold water using regular cycle and let it air dry.

Don’t give up

If your efforts don’t pay off immediately, don’t despair. Sometimes it takes a few tries for the stain to go away. Keep repeating the steps of pretreating the stain using one of the techniques above, washing the sheet in cold water and air-drying it, and chances are you will win.

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