How to Get Blood Out of Clothes With Hydrogen Peroxide

by Jeannine Lowe ; Updated September 28, 2017

Whether from a cut, a scrape or a nosebleed, blood is inevitably going to find its way onto your clothing. And just as inevitably, it leaves a stain that many people find hard to remove. Instead of throwing away blood-stained clothes, you can use hydrogen peroxide and a little determination to eliminate the unsightly spot and keep your wardrobe intact.

Items you will need

  • Bucket
  • Water
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Paper towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Washing machine
  • Dryer
Step 1

Soak stained clothing in a bucket full of cold water for about 5 to 10 minutes.

Step 2

Put on rubber gloves. These will protect your hands from the the hydrogen peroxide and keep them from drying out.

Step 3

Pour hydrogen peroxide directly on the stain. Make sure to saturate the area completely. Dab the stain using a paper towel until the stain fades.

Step 4

Rinse the hydrogen peroxide from the clothing with running water. Inspect the clothing for the stain. If the stain is still present, repeat Steps 3-4.

Step 5

Wash clothing using cold water and laundry detergent in washing machine. Dry clothing using a dryer or line dry, according to clothing care label.


  • Blood is easier to remove from clothing if it does not set very long.

    Test an inconspicuous spot on the clothing item with the hydrogen peroxide to make sure it does not fade the color.


  • Do not use hot water, since it will set a stain.

    Do not scrub the stain becuse it sets it into the fabric.

    Do not dry blood stained clothing in a dryer until you remove the stain. Drying will set the stain into the clothing permanently.

About the Author

Jeannine Lowe is a business technology teacher at McKenzie High School in Tennessee. She has been writing on business and marketing topics since 2007. Lowe obtained her Master of Science in education through Walden University, specializing in integrating technology into the classroom.