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    Step 1: Act quickly and rinse with cold water

    When it comes to removing period blood stains from clothes, the first step is to act quickly. You may not be at home or have access to this right away, so as soon as you are able, hold the affected area under cold running water. Then gently rub the fabric together to help loosen the stain. Avoid using hot water, as it can cause the blood to set and make the stain more difficult to remove. By doing so, you can prevent the stain from setting and make it easier to remove later on.

    Rinse with cold water

    Step 2: Pre-treat the stain with stain remover

    After rinsing the period blood stain with cold water, the next step is to pre-treat the stain with a stain remover. This will help break down the proteins in the blood and make it easier to remove. Choose a stain remover that is suitable for the fabric of your garment and follow the instructions on the packaging. To remove blood from clothes, you can use the Vanish Oxi Action White Power for whites and the Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power Powder works for coloured clothes. Mix 10g of powder with equal amount of water, stir for 30 seconds and apply the mix on the stain. Rub stain as needed and leave for up to 5-10 minutes depending on the powder applied. This pre-treatment step is crucial to ensure that the stain is effectively lifted during the washing process.

    One scoop of Vanish

    Step 3: Soak the stained underwear in cold water

    Once you have pre-treated the period blood stain with a stain remover, it's time to soak the stained garment in cold water. Fill a basin or sink with cold water and submerge the stained garment. Allow it to soak for at least 30 minutes, or overnight for more stubborn stains. The cold water helps to further break down the stain and loosen it from the fabric fibers.clothing, gently rub the fabric together to agitate the stain and then proceed to the next step for a thorough wash.

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    Step 4: Wash the garment with an enzyme-based detergent

    After the period blood stain has been pre-treated and soaked, it's time to wash your clothes with an enzyme-based detergent. Enzyme-based detergents are specifically designed to break down protein-based stains like blood, making them highly effective in removing period blood stains. Follow the instructions on the detergent packaging and use the recommended amount for a regular wash cycle with an added scoop of Vanish powder. If using a washing machine, make sure to select a cold water setting, as hot water can set the stain. Always check the labels of your clothing to make sure they’re safe to machine wash.

    For delicate fabrics or if you prefer handwashing, gently scrub the stained area with the enzyme-based detergent and cold water – remember to check the care label carefully for handwashing. The Vanish Oxi Action Multi Power Gel works well on delicate fabrics. Once the wash cycle is complete, check for any remaining stains before proceeding to the next step.

    Washing machine

    Step 5: Check for remaining stains

    After washing the garment with an enzyme-based detergent, it's important to check for any remaining stains. Sometimes, period blood stains can be stubborn and may require additional treatment. Take a close look at the garment under good lighting to identify any lingering stains. If you notice any, don't worry! Simply repeat the previous steps, starting from pre-treating the stain with a stain remover. Follow the same process of rinsing with cold water, soaking and washing with an enzyme-based detergent. Remember to be patient and persistent, as some stains may require multiple attempts to completely remove. Once you're satisfied with the results, you can move on to the final step of drying the underwear.

    Check for stains

    Successfully removing period blood stains from garment

    In conclusion, knowing how to effectively remove period blood stains from your clothes is a valuable skill for your family. By following the step-by-step how-to guide provided in this blog, you can tackle this common challenge with confidence. Act quickly, rinse with cold water, pre-treat the stain, soak, wash with an enzyme-based detergent and always check for remaining stains. Repeat the process if necessary and remember to be patient. With a little persistence, you can easily get period blood out of clothes and keep your family's clothing fresh and stain-free. To learn how to remove other blood stains out of clothes, read our blog post ‘How to get blood out of clothes?’.

    Clothes are fresh and clean