How do I get blood out of towels?

by Norma

Have several towels with old dried blood (they have not been washed)

  6 answers
  • Gk Gk on Mar 10, 2019

    Hello Norma! Here are some ways to remove blood from fabric.

  • on Mar 10, 2019

    Cold water, detergent and oxy-clean has worked wonders for us.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Mar 10, 2019

    Norma, Soak them in cod water, and keep changing the water. Rub the towel with your hands, just like trying to get a stain out. Then wash, but don't dry, see how they look, repeat the wash. If they were white you could use bleach or hydrogen peroxide. Aloha!

  • Crystal Crystal on Mar 10, 2019

    Peroxide. Pour on area let set for 1 minute and blot with tissue or napkin. Repeat as nessesaey. Wash in cold water then because it’s a towel wash in hot water to kill bacteria and germs. The peroxide will bubble the blood out of the fibers. DO NOT RUB DO NOT DRY in DRYER until blood is removed. If blood is dried by air into fibers it’s possible to remove still using this technique it just may take a few times of repeating peroxide and blotting. (Place paper towel on backside of towel to keep it from transferring onto other surfaces or area of towel.)

  • Linda Sikut Linda Sikut on Mar 10, 2019

    Hi Norma,

    Here's an article that will give you some suggestions to remove old dried blood. Wishing you the best.

  • 17335038 17335038 on Mar 11, 2019

    Do not use peroxide if the towels are not white, as it will remove the colour.

    Another option is to use meat tenderizer. This usually works to remove blood as it breaks down the protein molecules. Sprinkle on the stained spots, and rub into the fabric using just enough water to make a thick paste. Rub the paste into the spots, and rub the fabric together. Let still a while. Rinse out, then repeat if necessary.

    When the stains are all gone, wash the towels in hot water pr usual load.