How to remove blood-stains – Challenge Helps

Blood stains are really a pain – be it the causative of it, or be it removing it! Removing blood stains, if not done properly, might irreversibly damage the clothes, rendering the most awesome-looking dresses awful and unwearable.

We do not like things that way (not that anybody would, but Challenge Soaps take a special pride and care in clothes) – which is why we have come up with this solid method on how to remove blood-stains from your clothes.

A dried blood stain on your fabric can still be removed. There are different removal methods to use but make sure to use a method fitted for the type of fabric you have. You wouldn’t want to cause damage to your fabric. And whatever method you use, make sure to pretest the solution you are going to use on a hidden spot on the fabric. The removal methods suggested below are for washable fabrics.

This one of the simplest of all methods: Any soap can be used, but (as you might have guessed) we’d recommend using Challenge Soaps and Detergent Bars, because it gives a stiffer, less slippery lather than soaps containing skin moisturisers. The key to success is a combination of technique and patience in rubbing the fabric against itself between one’s hands. This method is especially suited to stains on natural fibres such as linen and cotton, which are often the most difficult to clean. If used on fabrics vulnerable to the phenomenon known as bobbling/pilling, such as wool and the majority of artificial fibres, a much gentler rubbing technique should be employed.

  1. Flush the stain with cold water to remove any loosely attached elements of the stain.
  2. Rub laundry soap into the stain generously, until a thick, creamy lather is produced.
  3. Roll or scrunch up an area of fabric surrounding the stain in each hand to provide a good grip on the area where the stain itself is located.
  4. Align the stain carefully to rub it against itself rather than against your skin, in order to reduce the chance of skin abrasion or blisters whilst yet maximising friction on the stain. Gloves may be worn to protect the skin, in which case tight-fitting surgical gloves will provide the least hindrance to grip and dexterity.
  5. By rubbing with strong force and good speed, the friction you generate will slowly loosen the remaining particles of blood, and the lather will carry them in suspension to prevent them from re-adhering to the fabric.
  6. Periodically flush the stain with fresh water and re-apply the soap as you work, to ensure that the area is always thoroughly wetted and soapy.
  7. Each small area that it is possible to work upon at one time may take from five to ten minutes to be cleared of traces of blood, depending on the rubbing technique and experience of the practitioner.


    Next time you have a blood-stain, don’t think about the pain of washing them…Ever again!! Challenge Soaps has now given the solution on how to remove blood stains!