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We had baby number 3 a month ago. We let the older siblings choose a special outfit for baby to wear when they met her. Sadly, when dressing the baby, her cord gushed blood. Anyway, I have tried all sorts of things to get the blood out but it’s still very visible right in the middle of the outfit. It wouldn’t matter, if it was any other baby outfit, but the first outfit is always a keepsake and I’d rather it not have a big patch of dried looking blood in the middle.

I’ve used nappysan stain remover spray, which lightened it a little, and it’s been washed 2-3 times.

Posted anonymously, 30th July 2020

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  • It would have been better if you had rinsed it in cold water first but since that is too late now, you could try to put paper towel behind it and then spray with Ecoworx (which I’ve used) and then just blot it up. Unfortunately it may be too late since you’ve already washed it a few times. Good luck with the outcome

  • Use paper towel behind the blood stain and rub the ice cube on the surface.

  • Never use hot water on blood. Always rinse directly in cold water. Once washed in the washing machine the stain is set and there is little hope. Depending on the colour of the garment I would use hydrogen peroxide at this stage or go to the dry cleaner indeed.

  • A professional opinion on stain removal is probably worth while at this point.

  • Don’t use hot or warm water…. that ‘cooks’ the blood into the fabric.

  • If you have a friend in the medical profession – see if they can get you some heparin. Often that will lift the red cells and then you can wash with napisan or similar soaker

  • Even if you can’t get the stain out…..it’s kind of a story that’s attached to the garment.

  • As others have said – washing straight away in cold water is best and it may be too late now as you’ve washed it a few times.
    Blood stains come out with cold water and if that doesn’t work then try some vinegar in cold water, soak then wash.
    But if you’ve washed already it’s probably set the stain.

    I understand given it’s baby’s first outfit that it’s sentimental to you so my only other suggestion would be to take to a dry cleaner and get their advise.
    All the best.

  • You could try soaking it in cold water and salt. Sounds weird but it gets blood out from my sons clothes.
    Also scrubbing with a bit of bx earth hand soap and cold water. I had a set in stain on my sons favourite outfit and that’s the only thing I found that got it out and I had tried soaking and scrubbing with heaps of stuff.

  • Sunlight may help after washing

  • I move stubborn stains with a good long soak in a stain remover of choice. A dry cleaner may also be able to give advice on stain removal?

  • Given it’s a special outfit, I’d probably splash out and take it to a drycleaner.

  • Try lemon juice and sunshine to fade?

  • I have found soaking in hot water with a stain soak and them washing in warm water to be effective in the past, although depending on the material this may not be an option

  • a cold wash straight away would have been preferable. sunlight sometimes also helps.

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