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Will blood stain other clothes in the wash?

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Will blood stain other clothes in the wash?

So you’ve just finished your period cycle and have gathered a few period-stained underwear ready to wash. But you realise you also have other clothes you need to wash, but you don’t want to risk staining the rest of your laundry with period blood! The good news is you have options - and we’re here to help shed some light on the matter. So pull up your panties, and let’s dive right into the world of menstrual stains in the wash!

Cleaning bloodstained clothes

The challenge of cleaning bloodstained clothes is that they can become permanently stained if not washed right away. Whether you have stains on your pants or jeans from periods, here are our best tips for removing them efficiently.

Don’t use warm water

There are a few things you can do to minimise the chance of your period blood staining other clothes in the wash. Firstly, don’t use hot water - this will set the blood into the fabric. Instead, use cold or lukewarm water first. You can also soak your stained clothes in cold water for a few hours before washing them. 

Pre-treat with stain remover

Additionally, you can pre-treat your stains with a stain remover or detergent before washing. You can use our trusted plant-based and sustainable remüvie™ Stain Remover to remove the blood stain before placing the item into the washing machine or hand washing. 

Simply spray directly onto the stain, wait a few seconds, and dab gently with a wet cloth. The item should be wiped clean and rinsed with warm water before being washed by hand or on a suitable cycle in a washing machine.


Myths about blood staining other laundry

While we’re on the topic of blood stains, let’s clear up some common myths about menstrual blood staining other clothes in the wash.

Never wash blood-stained clothes with other washing

The first myth is that you should never wash blood-stained clothes with other laundry. This is simply not true! If you pre-treat and use cold water, you’re unlikely to have any problems. And your blood stained clothes won’t transfer onto other clothes.

Blood is harder to remove than other stains

Another myth is that period blood is harder to remove than other types of stains. Again, this is not true! Period blood is actually easier to remove than many other types of stains, such as protein-based stains (e.g. blood, sweat, vomit).

Blood will get all over other washing if you wash them with period pants

This is a common misconception and worry amongst most people. The fact is it's perfectly hygienic to wash your period underwear with your other laundry. For additional peace of mind, give them a quick rinse after use, allow them to dry, and then wash them with your other washing the next day.

Cleaning period stained underwear

All you need to do if you are using our organic period pants is rinse them with cold water before washing them either by hand or in a suitable machine under 40 degrees Celsius. It’s advisable not to use fabric conditioners, bleaching agents, or tumble dryers since these affect the core's absorbency.

It is best not to soak or wash your period underwear in hot water. The reason behind this is that the blood can either set in as well as reducing the effectiveness of the anti-leak technology that we have designed in order to keep you comfortable and dry throughout the day.

When you are finished washing your underwear, hang them up or place them on a flat surface and let them dry.


If you would like to learn more about our period pants, please take a look at our FAQ section. Or you can drop us a message at, and we’ll be happy to answer.

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