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Period Stains: Solved

by Paige Gruszka

Alright ladies, let’s answer the question that has plagued us since our moms told us, “oh my goodness, honey! you’ve just become a woman!” Weird, mom, weird. We’re talking about how to remove period stains, people. So if you’re here asking, how to get period blood out of underwear? You’ve come to the right place.

How to remove period stains from underwear

After HOURS of scouring the world wide web and looking at period blood that somehow now is looking like the Rorschach test, I’ve uncovered the perfect answer to save your clothes. Well, answers I suppose. Consider me an Aunt Flow’s artwork expert. Alright, let’s get into it.

  • What gets blood stains out of clothing?
  • Should I dry my period stained underwear? The answer is always no.
  • How to replace my blood stained underwear?
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What gets blood stains out of clothing?

Before diving into tactics, pretty please read the care label of your garment to make sure none of these methods will ruin your precious panties. And if they do…I cannot be held liable for the damages. The best case scenario is that you’ve discovered your stained underwear while at home. (I say ‘discovered’ as if you don’t literally feel it happening.)

Take those undies off ASAP. Put another pair on if you feel like it. Or Pooh Bear-it and go bottom-half-nakey while you clean. It’s kinda fun. Rinse or soak those bloodied undies in cold water. NEVER hot water. The heat will bind the proteins in the menstrual blood (or any blood for that matter) permanently setting the panty stain into your underwear. I repeat: Hold your bloody underwear under cold running water for a few minutes to rinse the area.

You can also let them soak in cold water for 10 mins or even overnight before trying to wash them. You’ll know if this does the trick (because the blood will be gone…duh), but if you’ve got a stubborn stain or even one that you didn’t have the chance to treat right away, fear not my lady! Let’s get into some other bloody fantastic treatments. Repeat any of these tactics as necessary to get the deed done.

never rinse period stains with hot water
  • Attack that blood with stain remover: any store bought brand will help. Follow the instructions on the bottle, or use the tried and true method of scrubbing lightly and rinsing with COLD water.
  • Dab the spot with hydrogen peroxide: BE CAREFUL, as peroxide can bleach all clothing from jeans to underwear so this method is best used on whites and light colors. Dip a washcloth (which should also be white or light) into the peroxide and then dab it on the stain until it disappears. Rinse those underoos and wash in the washing machine on COLD.
  • Rub with a bar of soap: scrub a dub dub that spot with a bar of soap and scrub by hand under running COLD water. Watch the blood disappear before your eyes. Keep going until this statement rings true.
  • Squeeze some lemon juice: acidity helps - pour the juice on the stain and let it sit for 10ish minutes then rinse with COLD water (are you noticing a COLD trend? good.) Repeat if necessary.
  • Try salt: mix two parts COLD water to one part salt. Rub onto the stain and repeat as necessary until that pesky panty stain is gone.
  • Make a baking soda paste: mix two parts COLD water to one part baking soda and put it on the stain and let it sit for 30 minutes or even overnight. Rinse that thang. Repeat as necessary.
  • Use meat tenderizer: ya, this sounds strange, but it’s worth a shot if your stain is really set. Soak your underwear in cold water for about an hour. Rub a generous helping of meat tenderizer on the stain and let it sit for up to an hour. Rinse in COLD water. If that stain is gone, you’re free to wash them on COLD.
  • Spit on it: You read that right. Blood is a protein. Enzymes break down proteins and your saliva contains enzymes. Spit on the spot then give it a gentle rub. This method works best for small amounts of blood. Give it a try next time.
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Should I dry my period stained underwear? The answer is always no. There’s one more piece of information that is absolutely crucial on your fight to eradicate blood from your underwear. FOR THE LOVE OF ALL THINGS UNDERWEAR: Do NOT dry those stained chonies. Remember above when we talked about not using HOT water when attacking your bloody blemished drawers? The same thing goes for the tossing your underwear (or any clothes) into the dryer.

The HEAT of the dryer will work in tandem with that stain of yours like some evil little stain-loving elf. The stain will set into your fabric with the heat of the dryer. So listen up: If you still see a blood stain on your undies after trying these tips and sending them through a cold water cycle in the wash…head back up to the top of the list. Try one of the other methods again. Because if you put your underwear in the dryer with a blood stain still on it, that stain will set for good. And you will be sad. And your underwear will now have a permanent installment of Aunt Flow’s artwork.

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Want to know the best thing about underwear? There’s always more. Unless the stained underwear are a precious family heirloom from your great great grandma…but if they are…I’m a little concerned. Technology has really elevated in those hundred-ish years. You should see what the world has to offer. So maybe don’t throw those away. But, if all else fails…TRASH those ruined undies. You deserve better. Are they really worth all of this extra time? If that stain didn’t come out on the first try? Treat yo’self.

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