From scraped knees to dry noses, bloody messes are an expected and regular occurrence in most households. Accidents happen; and, unfortunately, sometimes those accidents happen on our cream-colored carpet or beautifully upholstered chair. When a blood stain strikes, you don’t need to strategically slap a rug over the offending spot. Most stains, even those that are dark and dried, can be eliminated with the correct products and techniques.

There are two, crucial “rules” for achieving the best results with blood stain removal: the first is to act fast. If you catch the accident as it happens, it’s much easier to deal with a liquid before it has time to dry. The second is to never, ever rinse the stains with hot water, since hot water will only work to set the stain. 

It’s wise to start with natural products when you’re dealing with ordinary household messes. Not only are they non-toxic and pet friendly, but they’re also likely to have on hand. 

Salt Water

If the stain is on a piece of clothing, soak the garment in a bucket of cold salt water for 3-4 hours. After soaking, rub the stain with liquid detergent. Then wash the clothing item as usual. If it’s a carpet or a piece of furniture that’s stained, combine the salt with a small amount of water to create a paste. Apply it to the affected area and rub gently until the stain has been removed.

Hydrogen Peroxide

Because of the possibility of manipulating color, it’s best to test patch this option before using it on the stain. After the successful patch test, dab 3% hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain, starting with a very small amount. Continue dabbing until the stain dissolves. Then, rinse with cold water.

Baking Soda

Baking soda is arguably the most versatile and effective cleaning ingredient there is, and stain removal is no exception. Mix ¼ cup of water and four tablespoons of baking soda to create a paste. Apply the paste to the stain and allow it to dry for at least 30 minutes. Remove the remaining dried pieces, and rinse with cold water.


This technique is ideal for a fresher stain. Pour white vinegar over the area and let it soak for up to 10 minutes. Then blot with a dampened cloth. Repeat as necessary until the stain has disappeared. Then, launder the item (if possible). 


Two main ingredients in cola- the carbonation and phosphoric acid both work to fight stains from setting. Grab a can of the soda, and soak the fabric to break up the dried particles. Then, rinse with cold water and wash the item in the machine as usual.


Mix cornstarch with water to create a paste, and apply it to the stain. Allow it to dry completely before using a blunt edge or butter knife to scrape off the excess mixture. Repeat as necessary until the stain has been eliminated.

Gone are the days of an unintentional cooking cut ruining a favorite top, or a recess mishap permanently scarring their best pair of khakis. With these all-natural stain fighters, you’ll be ready to combat all of life’s little accidents.

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