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Blood from bed sheets?

H has this issue where he scratches in his sleep I guess. I never notice he does it, nor does he, but next morning there's blood spots all over the sheets.

I seriously don't wash the sheets as much as I should but it's really because it takes ALL DAY.

I know, sounds crazy right? I soaked them in oxy for several hours while I did the rest of the laundry, and now the damn things won't dry. I wanted to get the bed made before he got home from work but it's looking like we'll be going to bed late.

Plus the oxy isn't even getting it all out. There's still faint red outlines everywhere.

Any tips would be much appreciated. Any better stain removers, or easier ways to do this (I know I usually do things the hard way).

The sheets are pure white, if that makes a difference.

TIA!

Re: Blood from bed sheets?

  • Get red sheets? 

    Sorry, that's all I got. 
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  • I wash our white sheets in hot water and a bit of bleach and let them soak in the water a little bit before I continue the wash cycle. It seems to work for us.
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  • Warm or Hot water are best for getting blood out of fabric.

    Get white sheets and use bleach. The bleach for color has never worked as well for me. Or you can buy red sheets to help hide any blood that wont come out.   

    Edit: Just reread post and saw they are white sheets. Use the Hot/ Hot cycle n the washer. You can also pre rinse what blood you can out of the sheets in the sink. So spot treat them. Hot water alone will get some of it out.  

  • a dab of tide on it and let it sit for a bit then put it in the wash.

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  • Thank you folks. :)

    I will try your suggestions. I soaked them in the bathtub yesterday and they were so heavy trying to get them out and downstairs. Spot treating does sound much faster.

  • The best way to get blood out of sheets is to rinse in COLD WATER! before you put them in the washer (this goes for any fabric or color with blood stains). Hot water will set blood stains..I know its opposite but trust me that's what the experts will tell you. For white sheets, you can also drizzle a little bit of hydrogen peroxide on the blood spots and let it foam for a few min, then rinse in cold water.
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  • Peroxide removes blood stains
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    Peroxide removes blood stains

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  • image CaitS07:
    The best way to get blood out of sheets is to rinse in COLD WATER! before you put them in the washer (this goes for any fabric or color with blood stains). Hot water will set blood stains..I know its opposite but trust me that's what the experts will tell you. For white sheets, you can also drizzle a little bit of hydrogen peroxide on the blood spots and let it foam for a few min, then rinse in cold water.

    this!

    i am surprised at the number of hot water suggestions.  use cold water to get blood stains out! 

  • Peroxide, then wash in cold water. Hot water and/or the clothes dryer will set stains. If you're concerned, test a small spot on the bottom of the sheet (where it's tucked under the mattress) to make sure they're color fast. Sometimes even white fabrics will discolor with peroxide or bleach (they go yellow).

    And seriously, get at least one more set of bed sheets. That way you can take the dirty sheets off and put fresh ones on right away, thus ending the "we can't go to bed until the sheets are dry" fiasco.

  • Blood like that on your sheets can be a sign of bedbugs. I would look into the crevices in your bedroom and see if you find any bugs. 

     

    http://www.webmd.com/skin-problems-and-treatments/guide/bedbugs-infestation 

  • I was going to say peroxide also.   But, I've also read & used milk to soak out blood.   The protein in the milk breaks down the protein in the blood.  

    Good luck!

  • pour hydrogen peroxide on the spots and scrub until the blood is faint or gone. then wash as normal. 
  • Thank you for all the suggestions. I need to get some peroxide anyway because people are telling me its great for other things too.

    As for the bedbugs thing, the marks are all on his side and I would think bedbugs would affect us both. I'll check into it though, just in case.

    • First remove as much as you can by rinsing the item using only plain cold water- add a dab of dish soap to your fingers to help break up the blood.
    • Do NOT USE HEAT. Heat will set blood stains and make them permanent. This means to use COLD WATER only, not warm or hot. If some blood remains after the cold water rinse or soak, pour 1 Tbs. straight liquid dish soap (like dawn) or laundry soap directly on the stain. Let the detergent work on the stain for 15-30 minutes. The stain should be gone or very close to gone.
    • Good luck!
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  • Peroxide.  It really works.  We were told by a Doctor after going to the hospital after my husband had blood all over his favorite shirt (long story we were attacked by 2 males who wanted to steal our vehicle).  He was more upset about his shirt than his injuries and the doctor said peroxide gets it out.  It was dried by the time I washed his white shirt with a color logo on it.  I sprayed it on with a spray bottle I bought from the dollar store (you can also get peroxide at the dollar store) and threw it in the wash and it all came out.  I also it on stains (colors, whites, darks).  I even pour it in the tray (front loading washer) for detergent and it gets the whole wash clean (yellow pit stains on white shirts).  I have not found it to wreck any of my clothes and also told my sister to use it on my nieces panties if she has a period accident and it works (no more period panties!).  Happy Peroxing!
  • I couldn't believe the number of hot water suggestions.  Cold water only on blood stains!  (MUAHAHA!!)
  • My mother-in-law ran into something similar over a warranty on a mattress they bought (it voids the warranty if there are ANY spots on the mattress and you didn't put a protective cover on it - stupid). My father-in-law's skin bleeds really easy and there are spots on the mattress from where its went through the sheets. I believe she said someone told her to use peroxide and it worked... I was thinking the same thinig when she was telling us. For some reason, I think I've heard this before. Good luck!
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  • My spot remover that I just LOVE is "Totally Awesome". I bought it at the Dollar Store for $1. It is in a clear bottle with red lettering and the liquid is yellow.

    I spilled red Kool-Aid in my three day old Coach purse, baby blue satin lining. I almost died, the purse was my 30thy birthday present. Anyhow, when I cleaned it up, I thought I got all of it, but the next day or so I was digging in the bottom and came out with sticky red Kool-Aid on my fingers. I sprayed "Totally Awesome" on it and wiped it with a dish cloth. Not a spot left!!! Looks as new as the day I got it.

    I've used it on coffee spots, blood on a white rug, and grease splatter on shirts.

     Good luck!

  • yes, what CaitS07 said!!! COLD WATER. it works wonders, then i use a dab of tide and let it soak for a while then wash on cold/cold cycle. comes out spotless!
  • cold water only for blood stains!!!
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