I don’t care who you are, what kind of menstrual products you use, or how many “Clean Panty” challenges you’ve participated in – if you are a woman who gets her period, then you have had the joy of creating a period blood stain in your underwear. Don’t be embarrassed! Period blood stains are just another annoying part of the whole menstruation process. Even better? It’s pretty much guaranteed to happen whenever you are wearing a pair of underwear you like, whenever you’re wearing light-colored bottoms, or whenever you’re about to hook up with someone. Life is funny that way!
Period stains are, honestly, no big deal, but that doesn’t mean they aren’t frustrating. Blood stains are tough to remove from clothing, and the best tip is to treat the stain immediately before it can set. But, uh, how are you supposed to do that when you notice a stain in the middle of the day while you’re at school or work with no chance of taking the undies off OR washing them any time soon? In most cases, you just have to suck it up and wait, and like any other stain, that can make it harder to get it out for good. Harder, but not impossible, luckily.
There are a few handy ways to get rid of your period stains once and for all. First tip: try to clean the underwear as soon as possible. If it happens while you’re out, come home, take ’em off, and let them soak in cold water for a few hours or overnight. Then try one of the tips below. Here are a few ways to get rid of period stains in your underwear so that you don’t have to throw out your favorite pair:
Cleaners With BleachWhenever you get a stain, your first reaction is going to be to reach for a cleaner of some sort. This is, probably, your best bet. But don't just grab the same detergent or stain remover you use on any other clothing - blood stains require something a bit more intense. Your stain remover should include oxygenated bleach and/or enzymatic cleaner for it to really get the blood out. Carbona Stain Devils #4 is one that is recommended quite often. It's inexpensive, so stock up - although you really don't need to use a lot of it for it work. Keep this on hand if you get stains every month.
Salt and WaterIf you'd prefer to go a more natural way, or you don't have any cleaners on hand, there are a lot of ingredients in your kitchen that will remove stains. The one you definitely have? Salt! Here's what you do: Mix a little salt with cold water (make sure it's cold!) to create a scrub. Dip a washcloth or a toothbrush (only for underwear) into it, then scrub the stain until it seems to disappear, and then run it under cold water again. It sounds weird, but it works. Salt pulls the blood out of the fibers of your underwear, and cold water washes it away. Source: iStock
Aspirin and WaterAnother solution that you almost definitely have in the house? Aspirin. Similar to the salt, you crush up a few aspirin, then add cold water and mix it until you have a paste. Using a toothbrush or a washcloth, scrub the stain with the paste until it looks like it's gone. Run it under cold water and wash it, and you're good to go. Just make sure you're using aspirin and not Tylenol. Aspirin includes acetylsalicylic acid, which is a chemical substance that, when mixed with water, removes stains. Science! Source: iStock
Baking SodaBaking soda is another great household staple that will leave your underwear clean and fresh. Mix a few spoonfuls of baking soda with cold water to form a paste, and then scrub the stain with the paste with a toothbrush or washcloth. If the stain is old or really bad, you can leave the paste on it for a few hours before rinsing it off. Source: iStock
Hydrogen PeroxideFor tough period stains, use hydrogen peroxide. Dip a washcloth into hydrogen peroxide, then scrub it on the stain to remove it. Just be careful - this works because hydrogen peroxide acts as bleach, which removes tough stains like blood. But that also means it can bleach your clothes, removing dark colors. Only use this on white or light colored underwear, unless you don't mind bleach spots. And of course, make sure to wash your underwear after scrubbing it with this. Source: iStock
LemonsLemon juice is another DIY way to remove blood stains - like hydrogen peroxide, it works as a bleach. Soak a washcloth in lemon juice, the scrub the stain. Again, just be sure to use this only on white or light colors, as it will bleach your clothing. Source: iStock
An Oxiclean SoakAnother stain remover that will work wonders on your blood stains? Oxiclean. It's especially great for older stains that have already set in. Mix with cold water, then soak your stained underwear in the mixture for a few hours or ideally overnight. Wash in cold water afterwards, and you should notice that the stain is gone - or at least greatly diminished.
Saline SolutionIf you're in a pinch, you can use saline solution (like contact solution) to remove blood stains. This is great if you're out somewhere or sleeping at someone's house - rub the stain with saline solution right away to try to remove it, then rinse under cold water.
Which one of these tips are you going to try? How do you remove period stains? Tell us in the comments.