Date: 3 January 2020. Removing Blood Stains.
In every boat project it is said
that one donates a bit of blood. This happens to me quite
frequently. A few years ago I bought a spiffy new shirt at the local
thrift store. Then I promptly
scratched myself. Today, long after the stain was firmly set into
the fabric via multiple trips through a washer and drier I removed
said bloodstain. The "secret ingredient" is available at the Dollar
Store. Here is what you need to know.
The shirt I stained:
I thought I had taken a close-up
of the shirt before I cleaned it. Alas, I cannot find said picture.
The above photo taken in December of 2016 is me at my heaviest
wearing the stained holiday shirt. Argh. I keep this photograph in
order to firm my resolve to eat well and be healthy.
Since then I dropped 30+ pounds over the course of a year.
Best of all I
have kept most of the lost weight off. Details of how I
managed that fete can be found in the
A Day of Reckoning (the diet)
article. Please note I am not an expert.
In any event, the Christmas shirt is the only one I have that is not
I love the embroidered holly berries that decorate the front of the
If at all possible I wanted to
save the shirt by removing the blood stains. Bleach did not work.
That merely turned the stains a muddy brown.
Folks may wonder why I would wear a
pretty shirt when working. Well, it's this way: I am old. Looking
neat and tidy is important to me.
Except for one decorated Christmas
shirt, I wear solid white blouses.
My fancy shirt was stained which did not make me a happy boater.
The blouses I own are here for me to wear. I intend to use what I have
versus "saving" for a special day. Every day is special. I enjoy
looking nice. That means that mostly I try to be presentable. Even
at anchor I still wear pretty things.
To me, dressing neatly shows respect for the people I associate
with. I am well aware these ideas are considered old fashioned. That
is perfectly okay with me. As Coco Chanel said "I don't care what you think about me.
I don't think about you at all."
Now when my blouses get blood
stained, I pull out the miracle cure-all: Hydrogen peroxide in a
naturally believe that they can pour the hydrogen peroxide already
in their locker on the blood for a fast and easy stain remover.
You'd be wrong. I have found that multiple sprays to saturate the
fabric work better than simply pouring hydrogen peroxide over the
Another advantage to spraying hydrogen
peroxide on the stain is that I use less product.
This Christmas blouse had blood
set-in STAINS ↓
on the shoulder and front.
The stains were on the shirt
for at least a couple years before I remembered that bleach doesn't
work to remove
blood. Bleach turns blood dark brown, whereas hydrogen peroxide
lightens the stain considerably. If you enlarge the above picture (click on it twice) you will
see faint yellow marks at the circles. In real life these remnants
of the blood stains are barely visible.
Hydrogen peroxide is the secret to removing blood stains in fabric.
Removing blood from clothing is a part of life aboard
a boat. Every project requires a drop
or two. Having the means to remove blood stains from fabric is
advisable. *H2O2 inexpensive.
*H2O2 is the chemical formula of
Hydrogen Peroxide: 2 parts hydrogen and 2 part oxygen. Don't drink
Side Note regarding Hydrogen
Peroxide: One spray bottle lasts a long time. When I run out I'll
buy a larger container at Wal-Mart and refill my smaller spray
This is life
aboard Seaweed. Some days are filled with simple activities such as
cleaning and washing clothes. Even mundane chores are enjoyable
aboard a boat. This really is a wonderful life.
Thank you for being a part of my world. Thanks too
What is your favorite stain remover?
Do you get out the stains when possible, wear icky clothes, or simply
replace the grubby stuff?
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