I’ve had this problem for years!
- For white sheets and towels, use detergent and ¾ cup Clorox® Regular Bleach2 in the hottest water recommended on the care label.
- For colored sheets and towels, use detergent and more Clorox2® in the hottest water recommended on the care label.
Rinse your sheets with cool water for at least 15 seconds before washing. This helps to dilute the skin byproducts that can lead to staining. Wash your sheets in the hottest water that’s still safe for the fabric of your bedsheets.
- Step 1: Dab the stained area with a dry paper towel to absorb the oil. Continue until the paper towel won’t absorb any more.
- Step 2: Rub baking soda into the stain and let it sit for a good 10-15 minutes. …
- Step 3: After the baking soda has done its job, it’s time for the liquid dish soap.
There are many methods for getting rid of oil stains on sheets, but here are some of the most common:
- Let your sheet sit overnight in hot water with a mix of laundry detergent, dishwashing soap, and washing soda.
- Place baking soda on the stain, let it dry for 30 minutes and remove it before placing it in the washing machine.
- Apply a few drops of dishwashing detergent to the stain, massage with your fingers, and let sit for a few minutes before washing with hot water.
- Put your sheet in the washing machine with liquid detergent and run on the highest recommended heat setting.
- Once the cycle is complete, place the sheet in a bucket or tub with hot water.
- Add a standard dose of liquid laundry detergent, one tablespoon of dishwashing detergent, and about ¼ cup of washing soda.
- Give your sheet a quick mix with your hands and let it sit overnight.
- The next day, place your sheet in the washing machine for another cycle.
- In addition to using liquid laundry detergent, add ½ cup of white vinegar.
- After the wash is finished, place the sheet in direct sunlight to dry.
If you don’t like the above method, then try applying a tablespoon or two of baking soda to the stain. After about 30 minutes, you should notice the baking soda clumping up. You could repeat this method a few more times to help thoroughly sop up the body oil.
Once you’re finished using the baking soda, you could apply a few drops of dishwashing soap to the stain and massage it in with your fingers. Let this sit for a few minutes and then wash it all off with hot water. Lastly, put your sheet in the washing machine on the highest heat setting with your preferred liquid detergent.
- Place one or two drops of liquid dishwashing detergent on the olive oil stains.
- Rub the detergent into the sheet and let it sit for about five minutes.
- Wash your sheet with warm water.
- Put your sheet in the washing machine with your preferred liquid detergent.
- If your sheet is white, add bleach.
- When the wash cycle is complete, air dry your sheet and check for stains.
If you like using coconut oil, please keep in mind it usually takes a few hours for your skin to fully absorb this oil. If possible, apply your coconut oil at least two hours before going to bed to minimize the risk of stains.
Whenever you notice a coconut oil stain, it’s a good idea to place a generous amount of baking soda and let it sit for about 15 minutes. Only repeat this step if you notice the baking soda forming clumps. After you clear away all of the baking soda, wipe the stain with a clean toothbrush for a few minutes and then soak the sheet with hot water.
After you’re done pre-treating your stain, place it in the washing machine with liquid detergent on a high heat setting. You could also add about ½ cup of white vinegar as a natural fabric softener.
Like olive coconut oil, baby oil is behind many bedsheet stains. If you happen to have baby oil stains, we recommend dabbing the stain with a few drops of dishwashing detergent and letting it sit for 5 – 10 minutes. Afterward, follow the instructions listed in the olive oil section above.
What’s The Best Laundry Detergents For Body Oil?
Since we mention liquid detergent so frequently, you’re probably wondering what brands are the best for oil stains. While everyone has their loyalties, Consumer Reports recently tested the major liquid laundry detergents to help you make a more “scientific” shopping decision.
Tide Plus Ultra Stain Release was one of the best-performing detergents in Consumer Reports’ study. Reviewers said this high-quality brand was particularly useful for pre-treating stains.
The Persil ProClean Stain Fighter was another top-performing laundry detergent for stubborn stains. In addition to body oil, Consumer Reports found this Persil brand is excellent on mud, grass, and even chocolate.
The easiest way to prevent your sheets from accumulating body oil stains is to wash them regularly. So, what’s considered “regular?”
According to the Good Housekeeping Institute, it’s best to wash your sheets biweekly. If you’re sweating excessively due to high summer temps, however, you might want to wash your sheets once per week.
Are There Stain-Proof Sheets?
Another way to prevent body oil stains is to invest in sheets with a high thread count. Generally, the more threads a sheet has, the more difficult it is for oil molecules to penetrate and leave a nasty mark.
Cotton and linen may be popular bedding options, but they tend to have relatively low thread counts. By contrast, microfiber sheets are extremely stain resistant, although they aren’t the most breathable.
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