How To Remove Semen Stains

If you’re a klutz, you will probably be very familiar with having to remove stains from your good jeans and tops. And you’ve probably come to realize that some stains are easier to get out than others. If you’re not accident prone, you’ve probably had to deal with leaking period blood and having to remove those stains. Another surprising stain you might have to deal with is semen. 

Even if you had the *best* time with bae, it’s highly unlikely that you want a souvenir of your hook up. That’s probably a cute outfit you want to wear again. And you probably want to sleep on sheets that are actually clean. Don’t sweat because you can remove the stains. The key is to doing it properly. Here’s how to remove semen stains from clothes:

Help! I’m freaking out because there are semen stains from our last hookup.

First of all, don’t freak out. I said it before, but it’s worth repeating so I will say it again: The stains will come out if you treat them properly. What you want to do is try to treat them ASAP while they’re still, erm, fresh because that will make it easier to remove them. This isn’t a time to procrastinate. I know that it might not be the sexiest thing, but it’s better you handle the stains now rather than waiting until bae leaves. 

So, how to I actually remove them?

It will vary slightly depending on where the stain is and what kind of fabric you’re dealing with. One important thing to remember with almost all semen stains is to use with cool water. It’s better to stick with colder rather than warmer water as hot water can actually set “organic” stains. And no one wants that.

What if the stain is on my bed sheets?

Unless you’re someone who has silk bed sheets, you can soak your sheets in cold water and the fresh stain should come out. It’s best if you do this ASAP because the stains will be easier to remove and there’s less chance they’ll migrate or end up on the mattress and/or mattress pad.

If the stains have dried, gently brush off any dry, flaky bits then soak the sheets in an enzyme-based pre-soaking stain remover before washing the sheets in the washing machine like normal. Don’t worry, it will say on the package what kind of stain remover it is. FYI: Having an enzyme stain remover will come in handy because it’s also good for removing blood stains.

What if the stain is on my clothes?

If the stain is in a washable fabric, it’s going to be easier to treat because you don’t have to worry about being gentle. Try to treat the stain right away using cool water and a towel. Gently blot it and see if you can remove the evidence that way. If you have no luck or the stain has already set, follow the second part of the bed sheets instructions and try to remove dry bits then soak the garment with a pre-wash treatment. Then put it through its regular wash cycle.

If you’re dealing with fabrics that aren’t washable and/or are delicate, like wool and silk, you need to be careful because too much rubbing can ruin them. The wrong laundry products can also permanently damage them. If the stains won’t come out with *gently* blotting them with cold water, you’ll have to try a treatment specifically made for the fabric you’re trying to treat.

And what if it’s on my carpet?

I’m not judging your or bae for this. It happens. When you notice the stain, it’s important that you treat it so you don’t have any awkward explaining to do. Try using a sponge or towel with cool water and blot (read: do NOT rub) the stain. If it doesn’t come out, you can try mixing cool water with a bit of laundry detergent, but make sure that it’s okay for the type of carpet you have. Once you’ve done that, use a clean towel or paper towel to remove the excess water from the carpet then leave it to dry naturally. If you find that there’s still a bit of a stain once it’s dry, you can try gently removing it with a brush.

What are your tips for removing stains? Let us know in the comments!

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