COLD WATER ONLY. Soak in COLD water with half a cup of table salt for a couple of hours. Then spray with Oxyclean and wash in COLD water. If there is still a light stain, repeat the process BEFORE drying.
I realize that I'm generalizing here, but as is often the case when I generalize, I don't care. ~ Dave Barry
Nobody believes this until they try it - but it really DOES work. Even if the blood stain is old and set. Trust me on this one. There is an awesome woman called "The Stain Lady" that passed on this gem of information. I have used it successfully myself.
A friend of mine saved a down jacket that got blood on it using the H&S.
Pour a bottle of Hydrogen Peroxide in a spray bottle. Add few squirts of Dawn Dish-washing liquid. This is what EMT's use, and it will get out pretty much anything. When my daughter was a few months old, all of her baby clothes were getting ruined by food or poop stains. I tried the cold water, I tried the OxyClean...you name it I tried it. Then I tried the above, and I now swear by it.
Last edited by Freebird!; Nov. 6, 2012 at 04:27 PM.
OxiClean is sodium percarbonate, which is an adduct of sodium bicarbonate with hydrogen peroxide.
Therefore, plain hydrogen peroxide will also be highly effective on most stains, including blood, iodine, etc and is less toxic to inhale than bleach and will not burn the skin like bleach does as well.
You could soak the jeans in baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for 15 minutes or so and then throw in the wash.
UPDATE: I just threw some cold water on the stain (which was a little bigger than my hand), then sprinkled a capful of peroxide on it, a squirt of Dawn dish soap, scrubbed around on the stain with a brush, then threw the pants in a load of regular wash using cold water.
The stain is GONE! I couldn't believe it! Like it was never there!
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