Do you have white sheets at home which have slowly become more and more yellow, no matter how often you wash or bleach them? Bleach isn’t the best way to get your sheets white again, so we’re going to share our favorite tips with you to get your sheets looking crisp, fresh and new.
If you’ve got yellow stains on your shirts or clothing, have a look at this guide on removing yellow sweat stains from shirts.
Don’t Use Bleach
While bleach may seen like the go-to solution for stained or yellowed sheets, its not the best product for the job. Chlorine based bleaches react with the proteins in sweat and body oils or fluid stains and this leaves a dirty yellow stain.
Our Whitening Solution
We’ve found that the best way to get your sheets looking white again is to use a whitening laundry booster like OxiClean (non-chlorine based) or borax. Soak your bedding overnight with a mild solution, following the directions on the packaging, and then launder them as usual in the morning. This process really makes a big difference in getting your sheets looking and feeling new again.
If you’d prefer a more natural route, you can use natural cleaners such as vinegar, baking soda or lemon juice. Pre-soak your linen in warm water and add a half cup of vinegar, allowing it to soak for an hour or two. Then launder with a half cup of baking soda or lemon juice along with your regular detergent. The lemon juice will give your linen a wonderful citrus smell which takes away the lingering odour from the vinegar.
As a last resort, you can try a product like Mrs. Stewarts bluing solution. This adds a slight blue tint to your wash which counteracts the yellow to leave a crisp white. This really works well, but you need to be careful with it as it can also cause staining.
Keep Your Bedding White
Making some simple lifestyle adjustments can also go a long way to keeping your linen white, try making these changes:
- Don’t eat in bed. Eating in bed is the easiest way to get stains from spilled food or drinks which can be really difficult to get out. Rather stay away from eating in bed.
- Wash your face before going to bed. This applies to both men and woman. Woman, wash your makeup off and men, wash off the dirt and dust from the day.
- Separate your whites. If you want your linen to stay white, only wash it with other whites. Don’t mix colours when doing your laundry.
- Launder regularly. You spend a lot of time in your bed and even if you shower before going to bed every evening, you should still regularly wash your bedding. Try washing your bedding every week and definitely don’t go more than two weeks between washes.
Do you have any tips and tricks for getting stains out of your linen or keeping your sheets white? Let us know in the comments section below.
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