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Never remove blood stains with hot water

Removing blood from clothing is usually never completely successful. However, it helps to act directly. If the stain is still fresh, the fabric should be rinsed quickly.

Bernd Glassl of the German Cosmetic, Toiletry, Perfumery and Detergent Association (Industrieverband Körperpflege- und Waschmittel, IKW) advises washing with solid all-purpose or heavy-duty detergent for blood stains. It is important to use a product in powder, granule or tablet form. This usually contains bleaching agents, which ensure a higher washing effect than liquid products.

In addition, the garment with the blood stains should be washed at the maximum washing temperature indicated on the label, but at least at 40 degrees, says the expert. Important: Blood contains protein, which must not come into contact with hot water. Otherwise the protein will coagulate and become fixed in the textile. Therefore, according to IKW, pre-treat the stains with cold water and soap or mild detergent and then put them in the washing machine.

What to do if the blood stain has dried up?

If the blood stain has already dried up, there are three home remedies that can help. In this case, soaking in salt water is also a tried and tested remedy. Foodstuff starch can also remove blood stains if it is applied to the stain diluted with a little water and, as soon as it has dried, removed again with a brush.

With material from dpa