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How to Remove a Blood Stain

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Cut yourself shaving? A blood stain can mean disaster for a garment, but with the right tools and proper care, that favourite shirt will be ready to wear in no time. (Please note: This step-by-step guide is for washable fabrics only. For stains on dry-clean garments, see the recommendations at the end of this article.)
What you'll need: 
Biological washing powder
Hydrogen Peroxide
Cotton buds/wool
For dried blood stains, soak the garment in salt water for a few hours.
Rinse the garment thoroughly and treat the area with a solution of 1 part ammonia to 2 parts water to bleach the colour.
Should the stain persist, apply a paste of biological washing powder and water and leave the garment in a warm place for 30 minutes before laundering.
If the stain is fresh, flush the area thoroughly with cold water.
Apply the ammonia solution (see step 2) to the stain with a cotton bud.
Use a ball of cotton wool to dab the area with hydrogen peroxide.
Rinse and machine wash.
If the stained garment is non-washable, dampen the area with cool salt water followed by tap water. Treat the stain with a solution of 1 part vinegar and 1 part water using a cotton bud. Rinse the spot thoroughly with cool water and hang dry.


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