How to wash body oil out of bedding

Written by kaye morris
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A shower before bed cuts down on the amount of dirt and body oil that you transfer to bedding. But no matter how clean you are when you hop in bed, stains can still appear. During the night your body will continue to produce oils that your bedding absorbs, sometimes producing stains on your bedding that regular washing fails to remove. Before you buy new sheets or risk ruining your bedding with harsh chemicals, try a homemade remedy for lifting body oil from fabric.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Dishwashing liquid
  • Baking soda
  • Washing powder
  • White vinegar

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Instructions

    Small Stains

  1. 1

    Remove the bedding from the bed, and place it across a countertop where you can easily access it.

  2. 2

    Apply dishwashing liquid directly to the soiled area. You do not need to dilute the dishwashing liquid with water. Use your finger to spread the dishwashing liquid so that it covers the entire stained area.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle baking soda on top of the dishwashing liquid until the soiled area is completely covered with baking soda. Allow the bedding to sit overnight.

  4. 4

    Wash the bedding in the washing machine with regular washing powder, using hot water and the "Regular" setting. If you are afraid the colours will fade, use cold water instead. You do not need to rinse the baking soda and dishwashing liquid from the bedding before washing.

  5. 5

    Add one cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar should lift any remaining body oil, soften the bedding and help prevent static.

  6. 6

    Dry the bedding in the dryer on low heat. If you have the available space and the weather permits, hang the bedding outside to dry.

    Large Stains

  1. 1

    Remove your bedding from the bed, and place it in the bathtub.

  2. 2

    Pour one cup of dishwashing liquid and one-half cup of baking soda over the top of the bedding.

  3. 3

    Run hot water in the tub until it just covers the top of the bedding. Use the minimum amount of water necessary so that you dilute the dishwashing liquid as little as possible. If you cannot use hot water on your bedding due to the colour or fabric, use warm or cool water.

  4. 4

    Allow the bedding to soak overnight if possible. If you do not have a spare bathroom, plan the cleaning so that the bedding can soak for several hours at a minimum.

  5. 5

    Drain the water from the bathtub and press the bedding to squeeze out as much water as possible. Do not wring the bedding, or you may damage the shape of the fabric.

  6. 6

    Place the bedding in the washing machine, and wash on "Regular" setting with regular washing powder. Wash the bedding in hot water if the material and colours allow. If not, wash the bedding in cold water. You do not need to rinse the baking soda and dishwashing liquid from the bedding before washing.

  7. 7

    Add one cup of white vinegar to the rinse cycle. The vinegar should lift any remaining body oil, soften the bedding and help prevent static.

  8. 8

    Dry the bedding in the dryer on low heat. If you have the available space and the weather permits, hang the bedding outside to dry.

Tips and warnings

  • Do not use liquid cleaners on bedding that is dry clean only. Consult a dry cleaning professional for stain removal.

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