How to Remove Period Stains from Jeans: Tips and Tricks for Women

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As women, we have all been there – that moment when you realize that you have a period stain on your favorite pair of jeans.

It can be an embarrassing and frustrating experience, but the truth is that it happens to the best of us. 

In this article, we will explore why period stains happen on jeans, offer tips for preventing them, and provide advice on how to remove them.

Let’s get started.

Why are period stains hard to remove from jeans? 

The science behind menstrual blood makes it a difficult substance to remove from fabric. Menstrual blood contains both protein and iron, which can create a stain that is tough to get out

Additionally, jeans are made from denim, which is a thick and absorbent material. This means that menstrual blood can penetrate deep into the fabric, making it even more difficult to remove.

Tips for preventing period stains on jeans 

While it is impossible to completely prevent period stains from happening, there are some things you can do to reduce the likelihood of them occurring. 

For example, wearing dark colors can help disguise any stains that do happen. You can also try using menstrual products that offer more protection, such as period underwear or a menstrual cup. 

Another helpful tip is to keep an extra pair of pants or shorts in your bag, just in case.

How to remove period stains from jeans 

What you’ll need:

  • Cold water
  • Laundry detergent or stain remover
  • Baking soda (optional)
  • Bowl or sink for soaking
  • Soft-bristled brush or cloth
  • Washing machine

Depending on the severity of the stain, you may not need all of these items. However, having these items on hand can make it easier to remove period stains from jeans.


  1. Start by treating the stain as soon as possible. The longer the stain sits, the harder it will be to remove.
  2. If you are not able to wash the jeans right away, soak the stained area in cold water for at least 30 minutes. This will help to prevent the stain from setting in.
  3. After soaking, gently rub the stain with a small amount of laundry detergent or stain remover. Be sure to use a product that is safe for denim.
  4. If the stain is particularly stubborn, try using baking soda. Apply the product directly to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then rinse with cold water.
  5. Once you have treated the stain, wash the jeans as usual in cold water. Hot water can set the stain, so be sure to use cold water only.
  6. Check the stain after washing. If it is still visible, repeat the treatment process before drying the jeans.
  7. Avoid using a dryer to dry the jeans, as the heat can also set the stain. Instead, air-dry the jeans by hanging them up or laying them flat.

Remember that not all stains will be completely removable, but with some persistence and patience, you can often improve the appearance of the stain. 

If you are dealing with a particularly stubborn or large stain, it may be worth taking the jeans to a professional cleaner for additional treatment.


Period stains on jeans can be a frustrating experience, but it is important to remember that it is a natural part of being a woman. We should never feel ashamed or embarrassed about it. 

By following the tips outlined in this article, we can reduce the likelihood of period stains happening and be better prepared to deal with them when they do occur. 

Remember, you are not alone in this experience, and we should always support and empower one another as women.

Had your period while at school or work? Don’t panic. Read Tips to Clean and Hide Period Stains When You Suddenly Have It in Public.  

Thanks for dropping by my hubby’s blog.

-Mrs. Baking Soda

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