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Remove Body Oil Stains From Bed Sheets Using Safe Natural Methods

Updated on May 31, 2015

What Makes Bed Sheets Turn Yellow

We all like clean, beautiful and sparkling sheets in our bedrooms. Bed sheets must be washed at least once a week. But most common problem with bed sheets is yellow stains and odors. The yellow stains on your sheets are caused by natural oils that your body produces. The natural oils that your skin produces can cause mess on fabrics. If these stains are left unwashed, they not only look bad, but also create a bad odour. Repeated washing to get rid of these stains will make them lose their shine.

These stains are so stubborn that they are not removed after dying the cloth. Is there any method to keep them looking new? Markets are full up of detergents which claim of removing the stains in a single wash. If you have tried all that stuff and failed in removing stains, next time wash your sheets following these steps:

What You Need


Steps To Clean Stained Bed Sheets

To remove the build-up stains due to body oil and freshen the bed sheets follow the below steps of cleaning bed sheets:-

1. Vinegar Increases the Cleaning Power of the Detergent

The white vinegar has acidic properties which help to remove the bacteria and residues that are causing stains and odour in your sheets. Fill a bucket with hot water and add a cup of white vinegar. Soak your sheets in this water for at least a couple of hours.

White Distilled Vinegar

a splash added to a load of laundry acts as a fabric softener.
a splash added to a load of laundry acts as a fabric softener. | Source

2. Hot Water Treatment

Add hot water and detergent to the washing machine. Heating the water kills bacteria present in sheet. Add a half a cup of hydrogen peroxide to hot water. Hydrogen peroxide helps to remove stains and brighten the sheet’s colors.

Sometimes you can get the stain out with a few washing with strong detergent and really hot water.

How hot water helps removing stains out?

Water is a polar molecule meaning it has both a positive and negative charge, that's why hot water dissolves dirt. The hot helps because higher temperatures increase the rate of diffusion into the water. I may be off a bit, so anyone is welcome to chime in. The harder and faster all those water molecules are hitting the dirt molecules, the quicker the dirt molecules are knocked away and surrounded by the polar water molecules.


Dry Them in Sun

Sun light acts as a bleaching agent and also kills the bacteria present in clothes. So after washing the sheets hang the wet sheets in direct sunlight for two-three hours. This also gives sheets a fresh.

Even Professional Cleaners Love Drying Clothes Outside

Professional Cleaners in Tamworth drying their client clothes in the Sun
Professional Cleaners in Tamworth drying their client clothes in the Sun | Source

Suggestions & Warnings

Fabric softeners always worsen the yellow stains. Never try fabric softners on sheets with stains.
Yellow stains are always more prominent on synthetic fabrics. So buying 100% cotton sheets is always a better choice.
Never wash your bed sheets without giving any pretreatment to the stain; it may set in making it harder to remove later.
Natural oils from the body transfer oil to bedding A shower before bed reduce the amount of body oil that you transfer to bedding.
The body oil can be more easily washed out of your bedding if you wash it when you first notice the stain.

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Try These Cleaning Tips Also

  • Ø Apply shampoo on the stained area for 10 to 15 minutes before washing the sheets. Load the washing machine. Add a good quality shampoo instead of detergent. Also add a cup of vinegar to the rinse cycle.
  • Ø Apply dish soap to the stained area and scrub it with a brush before washing the sheets in machine.
  • Ø Add a cup of ammonia to the washing machine along with the regular detergent and wash and dry as usual.
  • Ø Add a cup of baking soda with regular detergent while washing you sheets. Soak your sheets for an hour before turning on the machine.
  • Ø Use liquid laundry detergent with oxygenated powers and mixed it with washing soda or baking soda.

Remove Deep Stains Naturally


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