5 natural ways to get rid of period stains

How many times have you thrown away underwear or an item of clothing because of period stains? More times than you can remember right? Menstruation comes with its fair share of curveballs each month, the obvious and most talked about being the cramps, cravings and mood swings. One of the less talked about curveballs however is the inevitable leaking of menstrual blood onto underwear, clothing, bedding, furniture the list goes on, and sometimes no matter how secure we think we feel with the pad, tampon or menstrual cup leakage is always a possibility, especially on the days where your flow is heavy.

So, whether your period springs upon you with no prior warning or when you’re experiencing a heavy flow day, here are five practical and natural ways you can get rid of period blood stains. Many of the solutions below include ingredients which are common household items, so there shouldn’t be a need to buy anything.

Cold water rinse

This is a very common way to get rid of blood stains, however there’s more chance of it being 100% effective if you rinse the stained item immediately. So, if the blood is still fresh and hasn’t dried yet this is your best option. Don’t use warm water as it will cause the blood to bind to the fabric making it harder to get out.

 Salt water

A solution of salt and cold water is particularly useful for colourful fabrics. Firstly, soak the stain in cold water, then create a paste with the salt and water (1 part salt, 1 part water). Scrub the stain with something abrasive enough to get it out, but soft enough so that it doesn’t damage the fabric such as an old toothbrush. Rinse, and put the item into the washing machine as usual making sure to select a cold wash.

 Lemon juice

Lemon juice works like hydrogen peroxide and should only be used on white and light fabrics because of its bleaching effects. Soak the fabric in cold water and then add the juice of one lemon, you can add more lemon juice depending on the extent of the stain. Leave the juice on the stain for about 30 minutes or until you see a difference, then put it into a cold wash cycle. A way to supercharge this method is by adding salt to the lemon juice.

Bicarbonate of soda

Also known as baking soda, mix 2 parts bicarb with 1 part water to create a paste. Smear the paste over the stain and let it sit for a minimum of 30 minutes or until the paste has dried. Then, scrape off the excess paste and scrub the stain with cold water with an old toothbrush. Once you’re happy, you can add it to the washing machine and select a cold wash.

Vinegar

Vinegar works great on very old and dry blood stains, and works the same as meat tenderizer. Soak the item in a mixture of 1 part vinegar and 1 part cold water for a minimum of 30 minutes. Insert into the washing machine and wash as usual.