A few thoughts on blood

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Q: If a bloody murder occurs in my house, who should I call to clean it up? Merry Maids will not accept that type of job.

A: If you live in New York City, Mr. Ron Gospodarski, President of Bio-Recovery Corp., is your man.

Roughly a year ago, I saw a few episodes of Crime Scene Cleanup on Investigation Discovery and I was enthralled.

Give Bio-Recovery Corp. a jingle and they will show up in haz mat suits ready to clean everything in sight. I’m sure it costs a crazy amount but I’m guessing it would be worth it. I have to hand it to Mr. Gospodarski, that is an excellent example of finding a problem that requires a business solution.

Q: Why won’t hydrogen peroxide remove blood?

A: This, my friend, is a trick question. Hydrogen peroxide will ONLY REMOVE FRESH BLOOD.

That’s awesome when you’re right there the moment the blood touches fabric. However, my kid has nosebleeds at night during the winter months. That sucks and we’re trying to use saline spray, a humidifier and cream to moisten her nose but at the moment we have not been able to get to the source.

That means she has a bloody nose around 1:08 am, sleeps through it only to wake up six hours later with blood on her face you big disgrace, wavin’ your banner all over the place and pillowcase.

I challenge you to remove six-hour old blood stains with nothing but hydrogen peroxide. It does not work.

It will work, however, if your kid gets up immediately and tells you what happened in the last 45 seconds.

14 VIPs have spoken

  • Tonya says:

    I think I know the perfect man for the job…

  • Tonya says:

    Let me join the VIP lounge. I will follow more faithfully.

  • Cheryl P. says:

    As a Realtor, I have dealt with cleaning companies that clean up crime scenes. I am fascinated by that type of job. Wouldn’t want to do it necessarily, but still find it interesting.

    As for removing blood. I have had success with just soaking things in cold water (never warm as it sets the stain) and adding either Zout, Oxiclean, or Tide stain Release. Nose bleeds happen here from time to time.

    It’s nice to see you post again. How is the book coming along???
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    • cardiogirl says:

      Hey Cheryl — that’s nuts! I actually wondered if you had to disclose that when selling a house.

      For instance, let’s say a grisly murder took place in my basement. It’s been a few years everything has been cleaned up, the cops are off my back and now I’m ready to sell.

      Do I have to mention that to potential buyers?

      Oy, the book.

      Although I completed my part of the project and the manuscript is finished the author is now having second thoughts about publishing it.

      She is concerned about over-exposing herself and her family so she may scrap the entire project.

      • Cheryl P. says:

        The laws about disclosure vary from state to state. I have licenses in both Kansas and in Missouri. In Kansas, seller (or me) don’t have to disclose that type of info….just material defects to a house. In Missouri you have to disclose anything that might have a financially negative impact on a house. As a Realtor, I always tell everything I know because I don’t welcome a lawsuit. It is interesting though, often if there is a crime in a house it may not impact it’s sale. Some people just don’t care what happened in the past.

        Oh, I hope the book doesn’t get cancelled. I know you both have put in a lot of work and time into it. I understand the exposure concern. I thought I would be more forthright with my blog but then got concerned that maybe my family didn’t want some things put on the Internet. Still…peoples stories are interesting and I would love to read it.
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  • OMYGAH. This post TOTALLY makes me think of the movie Sunshine Cleaning!

    Have you seen it?

    If not, you MUST!

    http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0862846/
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  • Elizabeth A says:

    Moma just had me throw my pillowcase in a sink of cold water and we would wash it when we got home that night. Or buy her a black pillow case.

    Is this the daughter with asthma? It could be related to medication. Several allergy meds still give me nosebleeds.

    I feel like I should be able to solve this riddle because I thought I was the queen of childhood nosebleeds, but I think your kid has stolen my crown. I also slept on a dark towel, it made me more aware somehow and I’d wake up before blood got all over everything.

    Are you cleaning the humidifier with a bleach solution?

    Mine improved significantly when I hit puberty, so that might be a silver lining of adolescence.

    • cardiogirl says:

      Hey Liz! Ugh, I do everything the hard way. There’s a crazy idea — get a large bath towel in black and put it over her pillow. Genius! And no, I never thought to clean the humidifier with bleach. Doesn’t it throw that smell into the air once you’re done cleaning it? I hate the smell of bleach and it seems like I can never rinse it enough to get it out.

      Oh yeah, this is daughter 2 who does not have asthma. For some reason (thank Neptune) the other two almost never have bloody noses.

  • Wendy says:

    My niece (the one who survived leukemia) gets bloody noses all the time. Every year they visit us for a few days at Christmas and stay in our guest bedroom. And every year, after they leave I find small blood stains on the linen. I have tried soaking in cold water and then rubbing with lava soap. Like you, I can never seem to catch it right when it happens and I don’t have the guts to ask them to place a dark towel over the area while their kids sleep (not sure if it is the niece or the nephew, really). Plus, they allow their dog to wander the yard and then we have all that dog-BM to deal with. I need to get a spine and make some polite requests, no?

    • cardiogirl says:

      Oh boy, that’s dicey. I would think this is a no-brainer and that no one — least of all you — would have to say ANYTHING about it.

      Ugh. Whose daughter is this — from your side of the family or your husband’s side? First, that’s the person who has to talk to the sibling. Then I would say something like, “Hey, I’m not sure if you’re aware of this but …”

      Again, ugh.

  • Elizabeth A says:

    First off, you should definitely bring it up. They’re being very rude. And try just putting liquid detergent on the stain and let it sit over night.

    • cardiogirl says:

      Wendy, Liz is right but as you know it’s hard to say anything even though the other person is totally in the wrong. Also, I do think she’s right about letting it soak overnight.

      • Elizabeth A says:

        It’d take all the chutzpah I have to bring it up. Ooor, I’d promise my husband that thing I normally reserve for his birthday if he would do it.

  • I feel enlightened. The only bloodstains I’ve had to clean up haven’t been the product of grusome murders, but they have just been on clothes, and they came off in the washing machine. Lucky, cos I doubt Bio-Recovery Corp. will deal with international calls… :P
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    • cardiogirl says:

      That would put one in a bind having to go international just to tidy up the results of Armageddon.

      p.s. I have no idea why my blog will not approve your comments. I’ve told management that you are a VIP member. Hopefully they’ll fall in line this time.

  • Lin says:

    Enzymes. You need a laundry detergent with enzymes. Seriously. I learned this back in my old quilting days. The only thing that gets blood out is your own spit and enzymes. Sounds like there is too much blood to clean up with your own spit, so I’d start shopping around for laundry detergent that boasts of enzymes in the ingredients. We use Tide.

    You have to pour it on the stain(s) and rub the fabric together. Don’t use hot water and don’t use bleach–it will set the stain. Keep working on it with the Tide.

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