Whether working in your yard, doing housework, or playing sports, you’re bound to eventually cut or scrape yourself.
You’ll heal from that cut. And with proper care, you also should be able to heal your jeans from that ugly bloodstain – even if the stain dries.
Frank Lambert, buyer of jeans at Drysdales, does his family’s laundry, and has to deal with the occasional bloodstain on jeans.
First, he said you should avoid the temptation of dabbing or spraying spot remover or detergent directly on the stain.
“They’ve got strong detergents in them that will fade the fabric quickly,” he said.
Instead, Lambert says, thoroughly soak the blood-stained jeans in warm water before washing them.
“Don’t use cold water,” he says. “Cold water sets stains.”
Many clothes washers now include a warm-soak option for heavily soiled clothing, he added.
If you don’t have one, a sink filled with warm water to soak the jeans will work fine.
In the washing phase, Lambert uses OxiClean powder as a supplement to his regular detergent to help remove stains.
“It will get an organic compound, such as blood or food stains, out better,” he said. “It works very well for me.”