Here's How to Get Those Annoying Blood Stains Out of Your Clothes

Carolyn Twersky

From Seventeen

Whether it's your first time riding the crimson wave, or you've been experiencing your period for years, everyone deals with the annoyance of getting blood on their clothes. There's nothing worse than checking your underwear or your jeans at the end of a long day and seeing that red mark. It's like periods weren't bad enough already, right?! Anyway, I have some good news for you. Period stains happen to the best of us and they're actually super easy to get out. So stop throwing out your pretty underwear and read on to see how to save your favorite bottoms from Aunt Flow.

Act fast

Once you notice the stain, immediately run it under cold water (cold NOT hot—heat will set the stain). Then, pretreat the stain with a stain remover, making sure to put it on both sides of the stain. Let the stain remover soak in for about ten minutes, and then rinse it with cold water. Repeat these steps until the stain is gone. Then, you can wash your clothes in the washing machine as you normally would.

Be careful with your super fancy undies

First of all, it was super brave of you to wear your favorite silk undies on a heavy flow day and I'm sorry it didn't end the way you planned. Luckily, I have a solution. If you stained some delicate AF undies, get yourself some gentle stain solution, like this formula from The Laundress, which is super delicate, but strong enough to get rid of the stain. All you have to do is run cold water over the stain while working the solution into it. Then, let is soak for up to 30 minutes and wash the underwear in the washing machine

Take advantage of what you have in the house

Don't have stain remover lying around? Don't worry, some regular household items will do the trick. Try pouring white vinegar on the stain and let it soak for ten minutes. Then, blot the area with a paper towel. Repeat the process again if the stain is still visible. Then, wash normally.

Or, maybe you have some hydrogen peroxide hanging out in your medicine cabinet. Pour that on your stain and blot away. There's also the option of trying a cornstarch and water mixture. Just combine the two to form a paste and then cover the stain, leaving it in the sun. Once it's dried, brush it off and repeat the process until the stain is gone.

Got an old stain? We can work with that

If you're rummaging through your underwear drawer and you find an old pair of undies with a stain you could never get out no matter how many times you washed it, today's your lucky day. Soak the stain in cold water for six to twelve hours to loosen it up. Then grab some Borax (you know, the heavy duty stuff). Make sure to check out the back of the box and then create a solution and soak your stain for six to twelve hours. That should do the trick.


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