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Is there a recipe for fake blood that will not stain anything? Fabrics, carpet, tile, walls, ceiling, skin?

Asked by Riser (3465 points ) April 9th, 2008 from iPhone

is it in the red dye that causes it to stain?

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Kay's avatar

After using lots of fake blood for various theatre productions, I’ve come to realize that whatever you use it with will probably not be quite the same afterwards because of the dye in it, whether artificial or natural. It’s easier to wash out of clothing, especially anything white because you can bleach it, but I’m not sure about things like carpet and tile. But the dyes in it are intense and are usually difficult to launder out.

RedmannX5's avatar

….at first I thought you wanted to make some blood soup or something…

peedub's avatar

Try this:

Spaghetti Western style arterial red- It also washes out of clothes easily and can be eaten reasonably safely (although why you’d want to eat it is beyond me).

Take a teaspoon or two of Arrowroot (a white powder used in baking that you can easily find in health food shops) and add to water heated on the stove. Stir continuously until the mixture becomes gloopy. Add a small amount of red children’s non-toxic powder paint and stir in. The mixture should now be bright red. Add a tiny amount of brown powder paint or coffee concentrate (make this by adding a small amount of water to coffee granules) to darken the blood as required. Store in a bottle or jam jar and thin by adding water to make the blood the required consistency as and when you need it. For bullet hits you need to thin the blood quite a bit to allow it to spray out.

I found this on the internet. I like the ‘Spaghetti Western’ reference. The blood in those movies looks cool, unlike the corn syrup variety.

andrew's avatar

They used to mix woolite in with the blood in a production I did. Unfortunately, they also used medical tape to fasten the “squib” on, so that really burned when I ripped it off after the performance.

annaott22's avatar

I don’t think it stains but I’m not sure because work on sets that it really doesn’t matter if it stains but I did use some cheap blood from wal mart and it splashed all over a jacket I had but it looked really cool and about 3 months later I washed it and it all came out.

What are you doing that you need fake blood?

blippio's avatar

I concur with andrew; the blood recipe I’ve used called for a few drops of dishwashing liquid (any liquid soap may work, the idea is that it emulsifies the mixture to make it easier to wash out)

Just be sure to test it. Also add a little blue food coloring to make the color more authentic.

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