You’ll be dealing with your period for a long, long time—and over the course of that long, long time, you will stain, well, just about everything it’s possible to stain. But the good news is that menstrual accidents get less embarrassing and that there are a ton of great things you can do to fix them. Like…
For Fresh Stains
Put the fabric under cold or lukewarm running water in your sink or bathtub, letting the force of the water itself dissolve the blood. If residual blood remains, lather up some soap, and scrub the rest of the stain out with your fingers or a scrub brush. Regular hand or bath soap works really well on blood.
For Older, Dried, or Super Stubborn Stains
Dab a washcloth dipped in hydrogen peroxide directly on the spot, then rinse well with water. Wash it with soap or detergent as you normally would. Even if you don’t do laundry for a few days, the stain should disappear. (Warning: This works best on whites or light-colored items because hydrogen peroxide can cause colors to fade the way bleach does.) Spray on an anti-stain all-purpose laundry product, or use a spot cleaner that specifically targets blood.
Hydrogen peroxide mixed with cold water will also remove period stains. Mix ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide with ¾ cup water. You can pour this on the stain or you can soak the stained area in the solution before washing.
Another option is to mix one tablespoon of meat tenderizer with two tablespoons of cold water. Mix this together to make a paste. Spread the paste on the stain allowing it to sit for 1–2 hours before washing. With either stain removal technique you use once the stain is loosened, you can wash them using your regular detergent.