How to Remove Period Blood Stains from Mattress: 5 Easy Ways

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Periods come with so many awful symptoms: painful cramps, a general feeling of unwell, and blood. When you’re already feeling unwell, blood stains on the bed can just be the cherry on top. These are super common, so it is important to have the knowledge in your arsenal of how to remove them. They can be especially nerve-wracking if they reach an expensive piece of furniture: your mattress

However, no need to fret! Period blood stains are easy to clean up.

Not only will these tips help for period blood, but they will also work with any other blood. For example: nose bleeds or a pesky cut.

Before we get started, here are a few general pointers to keep in mind:

  • You might think that hot water would be useful in lifting the blood stain. However, this does the opposite, and it will set the stain further. 
  • With blood stains, the sooner you act, the better. It’s easier to lift the fresh period blood stain, but if you wait, it only sets further and may become difficult to remove.
  • Don’t overwet or soak the mattress with water because this can lead to other issues like mold and mildew. 
  • Some of the methods discussed below require the use of harsh chemicals. So it’s a good idea to use rubber gloves and work in a well-ventilated environment.
  • Once the stain is removed, apply water and dab up the area to remove as much of the chemical residue as possible. Then, ensure the area fully dries out.
  • While blood stains are easily removable, no single method is guaranteed to work. You may have to try multiple techniques and see what works for you.
Removing Period Blood Stains from Mattress

How to Get Period Blood Out of a Mattress

Before trying any of these cleaning methods, remove all sheets and bedding from atop your mattress. Pop any blood-stained sheets into the washer and wash in cold water using an enzyme-based detergent to remove the stains. If they still remain after the wash, use the same methods below to remove them. 

Initial Preparations:

Put on rubber gloves and use paper towels to blot as much blood as possible. Do not rub as it would spread the stain and make it worse.

First, try applying some cold water onto the area and blotting up the blood. This can work for smaller or lighter stains. Be sure to remove any excess water by soaking it up with a paper towel. If this doesn’t work, you’ll want to try the below methods. They have more potent chemicals with a long track record of successfully removing the most difficult stains. 

The most important part is safety. So, it’s a good idea to wear chemical-proof rubber gloves and to open all the windows. Many of the chemicals listed below, like bleach and ammonia, can be corrosive to skin and dangerous to inhale. Go slow and be deliberate with the methods listed below. 

Option 1: Ammonia + Water

Materials needed:

  • Ammonia or glass cleaner
  • Water
  • Bowl
  • Paper towel/cloth
  • Gloves
  • Vacuum
  • Fan 

Ammonia and water seem to be the most effective method for removing period blood stains from mattresses. You may already have a bottle of ammonia lying around, or you can easily purchase 99% pure ammonia from any hardware store. Ammonia can also be found in glass cleaners. It is definitely recommended to use pure ammonia because this will be more effective, but if you only have glass cleaner available, then feel free to try swapping it into the mixture. When working with ammonia, be careful not to ever mix ammonia with bleach as this will create chloramine gas, which is toxic and can be very harmful or deadly to inhale. 

Caution: Open up all the windows and run a fan. Never directly inhale the ammonia, and try to make the time you use the cleaning solution as short as possible. 

Take a bowl or container and add equal proportions of water and ammonia. The trick is to use less than you think. If you use a lot of ammonia and water, you might be left with a ring on your mattress when you are done. 

Step 1: Dip your paper towel or cloth into the mixture and begin dabbing the period blood stain area. Blotting or dabbing helps break down the stain effectively and transfers the blood stain from the mattress to the towel or cloth.

Step 2: Once you see most of the stain is removed or at least lightened, go in with pure ammonia. You’ll want to work on removing the edges of the circle that may have developed due to the ammonia spreading across the mattress surface. Soon, you should see stain lifting. 

Step 3: Next, dab up as much of the liquid on the mattress and leave it to dry in the open air with a fan pointed towards it. You could also use a vacuum or shop vac with attachments to suck up the liquid left on the mattress. Voila! 

Remove Fresh or old blood stain on mattress with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Option 2: Hydrogen Peroxide (3%) + Baking Soda + Dish Soap + Spray Bottle

Materials needed:

  • Hydrogen peroxide (3%)
  • Baking soda
  • Dish soap
  • Spray bottle 
  • Gloves
  • Paper towel/cloth
  • Lemon juice (optional)
  • Fan
  • Vacuum

Hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and dish soap are all great at breaking down messes by themselves, so they are extra useful together. Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda actually create an exothermic reaction when mixed together. This reaction results in a mixture that bubbles and can cut through tough grease and minerals. We’ll only be needing it for the period blood, so it will be more than enough to remove the stain. 

Step 1: You’ll be adding 2 tablespoons of baking soda, 8 oz/1 cup of hydrogen peroxide, and 1 drop of soap into a spray bottle. Swirl it around to ensure it is evenly mixed and apply it onto the mattress. Like the other methods, less is better. 

Step 2: Try to only apply it right on top of the period blood stain. Now, wait 30 minutes for the mixture to work its way into the stain. If you end up needing a stronger mixture, add 1 tsp of lemon juice. If you have a coloured mattress, do not use lemon as it can bleach.

Step 3: After about 30 minutes, use a clean paper towel or cloth to blot up the spot and pick up as much of the stain as possible. It may take a few rounds of applying the spray, waiting, and dabbing to remove the stain fully. As the last step, you can dab the spot with cold water to remove excess chemicals before leaving the mattress in the open air to fully dry. 

Option 3: Mix 2 parts cold water + 1 part bleach + 2 tbsp white vinegar.

Materials needed:

  • Small bowl
  • Cold water
  • Bleach
  • White vinegar 
  • Brush 
  • Paper towel/cloth 
  • Gloves

This mixture contains potent stain-removing ingredients as well. Do note that if you have a coloured mattress, steer clear of bleach as it may discolour the material. 

Step 1: To make your mixture, take a small bowl and mix 2 parts cold water, 1 part bleach, and 2 tbsp white vinegar. Then, ensure it is completely mixed up. When working with bleach, much like ammonia, it can be harmful to inhale. So, open up all the windows and have a fan running. 

Step 2: Apply the mixture to the area and dab up the stain after 5 minutes. You can also use a brush to ensure the mixture evenly soaks in and gets to every stain particle.

Option 4: Equal parts water and Hydrogen peroxide and iron the area.

Materials needed:

  • Water
  • Hydrogen peroxide 
  • Iron
  • Paper towel/cloth (just in case)

Step 1: Apply a little cold water to the stain and let it soak in. Then, drop some hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and rub it in. Let this sit for around 5 minutes. 

Step 2: Warm up your iron and go over the area a few times quickly. Be careful not to iron the area for too long as excess heat can damage the mattress cover or, worst case, the core. Repeat the process as many times as needed. 

This method may need to be combined with the above-mentioned methods. The great thing about this method is that the iron helps to make the water turn into steam and evaporate quickly. There will be less drying time. 

Option 5: Ice

Materials needed:

  • Ice cubes 
  • Paper towel or cloth 

Ice is an easy, non-chemical method that could be useful in lifting fresh or light blood stains out of the mattress. It can help to remove the bulk of the blood stain but might not be able to remove any remaining residue. Using ice might result in the stain spreading and creating a ring as the blood mixes with water and spreads out on the mattress. If you’re looking to use this method, go slow and use as little ice as possible while dabbing away any excess water frequently. 

Be Prepared

Mattresses are costly, so it is worth protecting them and having them last as long as possible. Invest in a quality and waterproof mattress protector to never worry about stains, be they period blood, coffee drink or vomit. Check out our best mattress protector guide to find one that will be a quality shield against any spills. 

Now go forth and conquer the toughest of blood stains! 

Which method worked for you, or if you’ve your special technique, please leave your comments below. 

Emma Bethany

Emma Bethany

Emma is a wellness writer who has shared her knowledge for over three years. Her Masters in Creative Writing for Therapeutic Purposes means Emma approaches each topic with compassion and gentle curiosity. She wants everyone to be as passionate about taking care of their body as she is. That’s why Emma believes investing in your sleep is an investment in yourself. She wants to create a loving space to learn self-care and build a beautiful bedtime routine to soothe the soul. She loves to discover new ways to enhance sleep and embraces a holistic lifestyle. She enjoys settling down in the evening with a good book and a cup of chamomile tea.

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