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How to Remove Period Stains

How to Remove Period Stains

August 3, 2023

No matter how heavy your flow is or what absorbency level you use, sometimes period blood leaks and leaves a stain.

The silver lining: There are easy ways to remove these stains on your own with items you likely have around the house!

We did the research so you don’t have to. Here are the five easiest—and most effective—ways to remove period stains.

Lemon Juice

The natural acidity of lemon juice can be your secret weapon here. Squeeze some fresh lemon juice over the spot and leave it be for about five minutes. Then, apply a wet cloth to the stain to further rub the juice into the garment fabric. This trick is BEST for lighter colors, as it could possibly fade any darker colors. 


You can try pouring white vinegar on the blood stain and let it sit for a few minutes. After, gently dab the area with a paper towel or wet rag. If the stain is still visible, repeat the process again and let it work its magic!

Soak in ice cold water

Fill a bucket or your sink full of ICE COLD water and soak the stain for at least ten minutes (even better if you soak overnight!).

Baking soda or crushed Aspirin

Applying a rough exfoliant like baking soda or crushed Aspirin may be the period stain hero you’ve been waiting for. Go ahead and mix the baking soda with some cold water and apply the resulting paste to the garment. 

After gently rubbing the paste in, let the fabric soak for at least 30 minutes and then wash it as you normally would. You can use the same exact method and application process with crushed Aspirin tablets, too!


For darker-colored clothes, regular table salt can be a great way to get the stain out. Create a mix of ⅔ water and ⅓ salt, apply to the affected area and scrub into the garment with a wet cloth. 

In need of other period pro tips? Check out our blog for more! 💯

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founder + ceo

Hi! I’m Claire. I founded Aunt Flow after getting my period in public without the supplies needed.

At 18 years old, I dedicated my life to developing a solution to ensure businesses and schools could sustainably provide quality period products, for free, in bathrooms. Our products are made with organic cotton and we are constantly working to reduce our environmental impact! Since 2021, we've donated over 6 MILLION period products to menstruators in need. I call this people helping people. PERIOD.®