Charlie's Corner

June 6, 2017

Blood, Sweat and Charlie’s Soap

Summer play provides plenty of exercise – and also lots of opportunities for accidents and injuries. Once you take care of the boo-boo, here are some tips on cleaning up the aftermath from summer whites and other seasonal clothing.

The quicker you are able to deal with the blood stain, the better.  Fresh blood is fairly easy to remove – and by “fresh” blood we mean a garment or fabric that has had blood on it for less than about 10-15 minutes or so. But if the garment has not been exposed to heat (setting the stain), these steps may even remove dried blood.

Turn the fabric so the stain is face-down. In this position, water can work at the stain from the back, pushing it outward and off the fabric. Rinsing in this position is more effective than running the water directly onto the stain. You may need to turn clothing inside out to achieve this.

Flush the stain liberally with cold water. Even an old stain typically hasn’t worked its way into the fabric completely, so start by removing the loosely attached surface portions. Run cold water over the back of the fabric, so it pushes through the stain. Hold the fabric in the running water for several minutes, and the stain should be at least slightly smaller. Never wash a blood stain in warm or hot water, which may cause it to bond permanently to the fibers of the fabric.

Turn the fabric over, or pull it right side out, so the stain is face up. Start blotting the stain with a solution of Charlie’s Laundry Liquid mixed with some water. If bloodstain is dried or stubborn, try a small quantity of diluted ammonia or hydrogen peroxide, or if bleaching is a concern, white vinegar.

If you are unable to launder the garment immediately, leave it to soak in a pan full of only cold water.  There is no need to use any other detergents or laundry additives when soaking.  Cold water will prevent the stain from setting in until you are able to launder it.  You can leave the stain in water for 10-12 hours, but not much longer.

Wash the garment on the setting you usually would using cool water, and using Charlie’s Powdered or Liquid Detergent. Always check the instructions on the garment’s care label; dry clean only items need to be professionally cleaned soon after addressing the stain.

Let the item hang dry.  Do not dry it in the dryer.  When an item is wet, it will fool you into looking as if the stain has completely disappeared.

Hope your summer is less accident-prone!