Periods are always a struggle for a myriad of reasons. Between the cramps, the bloating, and the extreme range of emotions, it’s easy to forget to change your tampon every once in a while. Of course, you end up paying for your decision later when you’re faced with having to clean the period blood stains out of your underwear. It’s a cycle (literally) that never ends. Luckily, getting period stains out of your underwear doesn’t have to be a whole ordeal any longer, thanks to these helpful tips and tricks!
Tips & Tricks On How To Get Blood Out of Underwear
There are many important tips to remember when treating the blood stains in your underwear for good. Not to mention, there are a number of different tricks worth trying as well, so read ahead to find out which trick works best for you!
1. Be Fast, Not Furious
A general rule of thumb for stains of all kinds, including period blood on underwear, is to wash the garment when the stain is fresh rather than after it has had time to set in. Waiting too long will make the stain harder to treat, so always remember to act quickly. However, it is extremely vital that you don’t scrub too hard, or else you’ll risk damaging the underwear material. This could mean you might have to spend a little extra time treating the stain, but that shouldn’t be an issue for anyone looking to prolong the life of their underwear. A few light, residual stains aren’t worth tossing a pair of underwear over, but an irreversible amount of damage is.
The best way to gently scrub an item of clothing is to scrub in a tender and deliberate motion. Any tugging, twisting, or aggressive handling of any sort is sure to stretch the fabric and could ruin the shape and integrity of the garment permanently.
Stretching is a major issue to avoid with undergarments, especially EBY panties. EBY uses a unique technology to create ultra seamless lines, so any excessive pulling will have a negative effect on the seamless nature of the garment. Not only that, but tugging can impair our innovative no-slip grip, which prevents the panty from slipping down, riding up, and bunching, so take that into consideration whenever you’re preparing to remove period stains.
2. Use Cold Water
When it comes to removing blood stains, ice-cold water will always be your best friend. Hot water will only make matters worse because it will work to set the period stains into your underwear. The colder the water you use, the better the results will be, so it’s best to bring out the icy cold running water every time you spot a red spot. When you start to notice the red running through the water, that’s how you know you’re doing it right!
3. Bring Back The Generic Stain Removal Products
Next time you have period stained panties, remember to put away the fancy stain removal products and pull out the classics. Products like bleach, liquid laundry detergent, and even a toothbrush can help save the day, so why waste your perfectly good (and expensive) products on your underwear? Using a toothbrush is a great way to ensure you’re not going overboard on your scrubbing, while bleach is better reserved as a last resort stain remover solution. Moreover, it’s important to note that bleach should only be used on lighter fabrics, and on underwear that is compatible with bleach.
4. Try White Vinegar
If you don’t have time to hand wash your period stained underwear, there are other ways you can go about removing a period stain from your underwear that isn’t nearly as involved. A white vinegar solution, for example, should do the trick just fine — all you need to do is soak the stain in one part vinegar and one part cool or cold water for 30 minutes. Later, toss the stained underwear in the washing machine for a final wash and your undies will look good as new!
5. Rub in a Salt/Saline Solution
A slightly more involved but still moderate cleaning option is to use a salt or saline solution on your underwear. Gently rub the period stain in a mixture of one part salt and two parts cold water. Let the solution sit for 30 minutes before running the undergarment through the washing machine and voila! Your underwear will have a new lease on life!
6. Lemon Juice Treatment
Lemon juice may just be the most classic household remedy product there is. Did a pimple leave a dark spot? Put some lemon on it. Want to lighten up your highlights for the summer? Give your hair the good old lemon treatment. It shouldn’t come as much of a surprise, then, to learn that lemon juice can also be used to fight period blood stains, right? The reason that we use this citrusy juice can be used for so many different purposes is because it is a strong lightning agent.
Not only will using lemon on period stained panties reduce the brightness of the stain, but the acidic nature of the lemon will help break down the blood in your underwear, as well. Slice a lemon into two halves and rub the insides into the stain. Repeat this as many times as needed until the stain fades away. You can also squeeze the juice directly onto the spot you want to treat, gently rub the juice into the stain, and let it sit for 30 minutes. Give the stain a final wash to remove any excess juice, and your undies will be ready for wear again!
7. Make a Baking Soda Paste
When in doubt, bring the baking soda out. Create a mixture that is two parts baking soda and one part cold water. Gently rub the mixture into the period blood on the underwear and leave it be for 30 minutes. After 30 minutes, the mixture will begin to harden. Lightly brush the excess baking soda solution off the panties with a soft toothbrush and the stain should be lifted. Baking soda behaves as a rougher exfoliant than the rest, so this trick is bound to work!
8. Make an Aspirin Solution
Lastly, if you have some Aspirin to spare, you can make an Aspirin solution that is sure to yield the same results as the solution above. Crush a couple of Aspirin with a little bit of cold water to form a paste, and then gently rub over the stain. For a more stubborn stain, be advised to use a toothbrush to scrape off the excess paste from the underwear. Just like baking soda, Aspirin is a rough exfoliant that is guaranteed to always get the job done.
Listen, blood stains happen. It’s an ugly truth that we try to ignore, but it’s about time we start talking about it. The most important things to remember when removing period stains is to act fast and to always use cold water. Coldwater is the only way to treat fresh stains effectively, whether you’re using it alone or with another household cleaning product.
It is also important to remind yourself that a blood stain is not the end of the world. Even if you bleed through your EBY seamless panties, there will always be a way to remove blood stains without damaging your undies forever. Whether you prefer to soak your underwear, make a paste, or hand wash the stain, as long as you follow these instructions you won’t have to rush to place another order!
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