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How to Remove Blood from Bed Linen

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By Bob Long

My Laundry Question

Wife out of town. I have an elbow injury that bled on the sheets, comforter and pillow case. How is the best way to get to remove blood from synthetic materials. I have sprayed the pillow case with my wifes formula of peroxide and Dawn detergent liquid but it still is pronounced. i am afraid to put it into hot water until it is further treated. Please give me the magic bullet. Thanks Bob Long

Share a Little Background Info

Fishing abrasion injury due to rubbing on railing during a party boat fishing day. It had partially healed but opened during the night and the bleeding stained sheets due the the tossing and turning. There are several spots and these are new sheets we recieved for Christmas. Sheets have been washed once prior to placement on the bed.

Lessons Learned

  • Don't let your wife go out of town for an extended stay, and cover an injury with gauze to insure it doesn't open. And remember that asprin and gingko will promote easy bleeding.

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

Synthetic, unknown

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

You are in a pickle! But just follow these tips for blood stain removal and you should be OK. DO NOT USE HOT WATER! The sheets should be laundered after you treat the stains. The comforter may require dry cleaning since you don't know the fabric content. There should be a care label somewhere on the comforter. Try to do all of this ASAP. Hope your elbow heals quickly!

Good luck!

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