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7 Tricks For Getting Blood Stains Out Of Clothes And Fabrics

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Getting rid of pesky blood stains is an aggravating task that nobody likes to deal with.

While it's not impossible to get dried blood out of your belongings, plenty of people resign to the fact that it's "ruined forever."  

But while it can be tricky to get the splotch out of your clothing or furniture, there are several unusual tricks savvy individuals have been using for ages, guaranteeing spotless results.  

So if you notice a blood stain on your personal possessions, try using one of these seven tricks to get blood stains out of your soiled clothes.

1. Meat Tenderizer

It may seem bizarre at first, but it turns out unseasoned meat tenderizer is perfect to get rid of old, dried up blood stains.

Simply mix the meat tenderizer powder with water until it becomes a paste. Slab the mix on the spot and leave it on for half an hour. Then wash it out with cold water and put it in the laundry as normal.  

2. Vinegar

If the blood hasn't dried yet, pour some white vinegar on the blemish, and let it soak for about 10 to 15 minutes, and then blot it with a towel. If the stain doesn't look like it's been affected, don't feel alarmed as it may just need a second treating.

Once you finish the treatment, put item in the washing machine as soon as possible.  

3. Aspirin

If you thought aspirin was only a solution for headaches, you're in store for a surprise.

Grab a few tablets and crush them until they become a powder. Mix it with water until it becomes a paste and smother it on the intended area. Wait for at least a half an hour, and then rinse the paste off. Afterwards place it in the laundry machine and you're good to go.

Don't have any aspirin on you? Don't fret because baking soda works just as well.

4. Saliva

This may seem unsanitary, but spitting on the spot can also be an effective solution to get rid of a bothersome spot.

If you can't get your hands on any other remedy, your saliva, which contains antimicrobial enzymes and antibacterial compounds, will help dissolve blood stain before your very eyes. Just don't forget to wash it afterwards!

5. Cornstarch

Similar to the meat tenderizer and aspirin solutions, combine cornstarch and cold water to make a paste and rub it into the intended area.

Then place the item in a sunny spot, and wait for it to dry. Once it's try, wipe the excess residue off, and if there's traces of blood still there, repeat the process.

6. WD-40

While WD-40 is typically associated with rust prevention and degreasers, it can also be used to remove your blood stains.

Just spray it on a wet blotch as a pretreatment and wait for a couple of minutes. Then put it in the laundry and when you pull it out of the washing machine you'll notice your item is as good as new.

Even better, WD-40 works on other tough stains as well, including lipstick, dirt, grease, and ink stains.

7. Soda

We know soda is for drinking, but did you know it can also treat blood stains?

Just grab a can of cola and soak it on the intended area, and let it sit overnight. Wash it out the net morning and viola, the stain is gone.

[H/T: Reader's Digest, Teen Vogue]

Do you have any tips to get blood stains out? Let us know in the comments!

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