Featured Image Caption: Remove Period Stains
There are little things in this life more annoying and frustrating than wearing your favorite pair of panties, only to see that your period has ambushed you unexpectedly. Or to go to bed in peace and wake up to a huge, bright red stain all over your white sheets.
If you’ve ever had a period, you have probably experienced the nuisance of period stains. Maybe they’ve already ruined some of your favorite sheets or articles of clothing, because you’re just not sure what the best method of attack is for these pesky blood stains. Luckily, it is possible to remove period stains. Here are a few methods to try out and see which works best for you.
For Fresh Stains: Cold Water
If you have just noticed a fresh period stain, don’t hesitate and get straight to business. If the stain has just happened, you can rinse with cold water and you can mix cold water with salt in a paste and brush away the stain. The most important thing is to make sure the water is cold, because hot water can actually set stains deeper into the fabric and make them really stick around.
Use the Power of the Sun
It may come as a shock, but the sun is naturally good at removing stains. Harvest this power by using a paste of cornflour and some cold water applied directly to the stain, and then hang the piece of clothing in the air, allowing it to air-dry in the glow of the sun. Once it’s dried, brush off the cornflour and give the clothing a regular old wash in the washing machine.
The Magic of Baking Soda
Another paste that you can make and apply to the stain is baking soda and water. Get the stain wet with water if it’s already dried, then apply the paste and do the same sun-soaking process as the cornflour. Once done, brush the baking soda off and launder as normal. This can also be done using talcum powder.
A Few Different Liquid Methods
If you’re not in the mood to turn your kitchen or bathroom into a laboratory to whip up a paste, there is an easy and mess-free solution. Apply either hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, or club soda directly to the stain and let it do it’s thing. It should only take a few minutes of soaking in the liquid of your choice for the stain to be lifted away from the fabric. Then, just pat the stain with a paper towel to soak up the particles of the stain before rinsing the piece of clothing off and then throwing it in the laundry.
Still Not Working?
If you have an old or particularly pesky stain, fret not! Just soak the article of clothing or sheet in cold water overnight to loosen up the blood particles of the stain. Then, try one of the methods listed above and your fabric should be like new! Exercising some patience and trying the process over a few times is a surefire way to make sure everything is stain-free. It’s like your period never even happened (to the fabric, of course. Kinda hard to forget about your actual period, unfortunately.)
Remember that sheets can hold on to stains particularly well (yay!) so you may have to wash those in the washing machine a few times. Use cold water and make sure the stains are gone before throwing them in the dryer, as it can set the stains as well.
An Ounce of Prevention…
Is worth it to avoid having to spend time scrubbing period stains out of your stuff. If you can tell when your period is about to hit, keep prepared by having your period products on hand and try period panties for when you sleep. It can save your sheets and you a lot of work.