How Do I Get the Smell of Blood Out of My Jeans

A number of mishaps can lead to your jeans smelling like blood. If you notice that your pants have a definite metallic aroma, then some type of mishap has occurred. You may have fallen while wearing your favorite pair of denims. Most women can remember at least one embarrassing problem with leakage during their period that leads to blood stains and odor issues on clothing. It’s less likely that someone else’s blood could get on your jeans, but these things can happen if you are helping a friend who has become ill or injured. If you are wondering, “How do I get the blood smell out of my jeans?” we can help.




The smell of blood doesn’t go away as it dries. If you want to combat this stubborn stink, you are going to have to remove all traces of the vital fluid from your denim. Some people describe blood as smelling like iron, and they would be right. The iron in your blood will contribute to the stankiness in your clothing. Rather than wonder if anyone else is picking up on the smell or noticing a distinctive rusty look to your jeans, try one of the solutions listed here to get rid of the bloody aroma instead.


How Do I Get the Smell of Blood Out of My Jeans

1 Cold Water and Laundry Soap

Soak the jeans in cold water with a small amount of laundry detergent. Leave for a minimum of 30 minutes. The jeans can be left to soak overnight if you wish. Wash and dry as usual.


2 Spit it Out

This solution to the problem may sound more than just a bit gnarly, but we have it on good authority that it will work. If the blood smell is from your own product, so to speak, spit on it and rub the spot. The enzymes from your spit will mix with the blood and lift out the smell. This is from the “Don’t Knock it ‘Til You’ve Tried It” file.


3 Hydrogen Peroxide Rescue

Nurses use hydrogen peroxide to get rid of blood stains and odors from their uniforms. If this is the solution of choice for these dedicated front line health care workers, then it will work on a pair of jeans. Pour the hydrogen peroxide on the spot of blood and let it seep in for a few minutes. Keep pouring the peroxide on the blood spot until it lightens up and then wash the jeans in the way would normally do.


4 Spray it with Fantastik

You will find Fantastik in the Laundry aisle at the grocery store. Spray this pre-treater on the stinky spot on the jeans and let it sit for about 5-10 minutes. Spray again and wash the jeans. They should come out fresh and clean.


5 Put Some Vinegar on the Problem

White vinegar is a great product for getting rid of all types of smells. It can also be used to get rid of blood on jeans. Pour it on the spot and let it soak into the fabric for five or 10 minutes. Blot up the vinegar with a clean towel or a cloth. Wash the jeans immediately.


6 Ammonia the Stank Out

Mix up a half-and-half solution of ammonia and water. Dab it on offensive spot on your jeans before you put them into the wash. You may want to test the ammonia and water on the hem of the jeans to make sure the solution won’t result in a light spot on the pants beforehand. Then wash and dry your jeans.


7 Cornstarch and Water Paste

Pour some cornstarch into a bowl and add enough water to make a paste. Apply it to the stanky spot and rub it into the fabric. Next, take the jeans outside and leave them in a sunny spot until they dry. Brush off the cornstarch residue. This should get rid of the odor, as well as any blood stains on your pants.


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Joe Fresh

Joe is an odor combatant, chemistry extraordinaire and all around good guy. He has an over-productive olfactory system with absolutely zero tolerance for unpleasant aromas.

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