We all know the struggle – your kiddo scrapes their knee at the playground during recess and now you have a difficult, set-in, blood stain on the new school clothes you purchased. Don’t worry! We’ve got the solution for getting out that stain and returning those clothes to their former glory.  These steps are an excerpt from a full article by Katelyn Fagan on her blog here.

How to Remove Blood Stains with Ammonia

When you work with ammonia, it is a good idea to wear gloves and use it in a ventilated area. You may also want to spot test an area of the clothes first for color fastness as well, but I have done this on colored fabric with little to no difference in color. It’s best to wash the garment immediately after treating.

Here’s how to get rid of blood stains using ammonia:

Materials Needed to Remove Blood Stains with Ammonia:

  • Blood stained material
  • Ammonia
  • Small dish/bowl
  • Water
  • Cotton Balls
  • Gloves (optional)
  • Toothbrush

Instructions on How to Remove Blood Stains with Ammonia

1. Pour an about 50/50 mixture of water and ammonia into a small dish or bowl.

2. Put on gloves (optional) and then dip a cotton ball into the ammonia/water mixture.

3. Apply ammonia to the blood stain and gently begin to rub it into the stain.

4. Rewet the cotton ball (or get a new one) frequently, letting the ammonia sit for a few seconds in between, and rescrub the stain with the ammonia-covered cotton ball.

5. If stain persists after multiple passings, you can dip a toothbrush into the ammonia water and *gently scrub with it onto your fabric.

6. Blot the stain one more time with an ammonia-soaked cotton ball.

7. Launder normally.

*Scrubbing fabric can damage the fabric, so make sure it is up to the friction before trying this.