5 Proven Tips To Remove Stains From Your Bed Sheets
So before I started this post I googled, as you do, “how to remove stains from your sheets” as it was a prompt blog post suggestion. I honestly didn’t even think about what I was asking Google. 80% of the results were considerably more biological than cuisine based answers than I had anticipated. Which logically makes sense, I had just assumed in my innocent little mind that you might accidentally have spilt your wine rather than committed a murder. Because, and being a functional female I know exactly why, but it did look vaguely suspicious when all the results read “HOW TO REMOVE BLOOD STAINS FROM YOUR SHEETS”, Google needs to chill.
But #lifehappens - not to your expensive linens though! Yay! Killing Spree! (*Canningvale does not, I repeat does not endorse murder omg)
Firstly with stains, on anything - treat the product as soon as you notice there is a stain, before it sets into the fabric. If it’s just happened rinse the stain out from behind using cold water asap. From behind means turn it inside out. With sheets or a pillow case handle it so that the stain is taking in water from both sides of the stain. And make sure it’s cold water as hot water will set the stain.
Tip #1: Mix one part baking soda with two parts water to form a paste. Dampen the stain with water, and then rub the paste onto the stain. Let the fabric dry, ideally in the sun. Brush off any residue.
You can then wash the sheets in cold water, a mild detergent, and your usual wash cycle. Remove the wet sheets as soon as the cycle ends. Do not place them in the dryer; a good rule of thumb to remember is Heat Bad, Cold Good. Let them air dry.
Tip #2: Now to remove a dried stain, soak the sheets for a solid 6-8 hours. The idea is to essentially make the stain itself wet again so it’s easier to remove, after that put it into the wash as above, no heat and no dryer. If you put a stain through the dryer it’ll stick because you’ve baked the stain into the fabric.
Tip #3: If it’s just a small mark you can soak the mark in white vinegar for 30min, pull it out and wash & dry ^ as above. The same method is a bit harder with a larger stain so I’d avoid it if it’s massive.
Don’t get your hopes up about it working perfectly the first time, you might only lessen the stain the first treatment/soak but not get rid of it completely. Before you dry it you can treat/soak and re-wash a second time, you’ll hopefully notice the stain fade with each treatment and wash. (If not the how to guide I wiki-how’d said use bleach. I say don’t be dumb. Bleach is rarely a good idea. Will also likely void your warranty.)
Now when I said “you might accidentally have spilt your wine” basically what I meant was this one time I accidentally spilt my wine. Typical me, who doesn’t even like red wine! And barely ever has it just casually with dinner, let alone feels open and inviting enough with it to invite it to a Gilmore Girls Netflix and Chill - managed to coat the bed, head board and wall in the tannin-ey guck.
Believe it or not the same stain-removal steps as above will likely work on your mattress protector. A revelation I know.
The How-To Guides were also incredibly fond of the phrase “Body-Oil & Body-Odours” as in how to remove them. Which I think is fair enough, however graphic the image is. And! Fake Tan stains! ...well is doesn’t say anything about them but I’m gonna try some of these myself and see if they work.
Now if Fire’s natural enemy is Ice then Oil’s is Soap. Chemistry yo. Contrary to the above directions oil stains need a hot wash in the washing machine with as much detergent as you usually use on your sheets + 3 squirts of dish soap, and 1/4 cup of Borax. Add the sheets at this point, and then add 1/3 cup of White Vinegar to your machines fabric softener dispenser. (It does not say what to do if you do not have a fabric softener dispenser, I am worried.) Leave lid open and let sheets soak for about 30min. (Knee jerk fear kicking in...What if it floods my house with suds...?)
Tip #4: Borax is an ancient product (over a century old) that works as a natural “laundry booster”. It's great for removing stains and odours both in your washing machine and around the home.
Tip #5: White vinegar is a natural fabric softener, but it also neutralizes odours. Vinegar dries "clean" in that there is no vinegar scent left once the fabric is fully dry. You can use vinegar in all of your laundry loads (including delicates), and it does no damage. Also goes well with chips.
After the soak close the lid and wash as normal. (...if your house hasn’t flooded) (#sceptical). And as above, dry naturally.