How to bleach white sheets

White bed sheets add a crisp, clean feel to the room. Along with the beauty of white bed sheets comes the challenge of keeping them white. Things like sweat, body oils and hair oils can leave your white bed sheets looking dingy and dirty. Spruce them up by bleaching them. Care must be taken, however, when bleaching white bed sheets so the fabric doesn't become weakened or damaged in the process.

Pretreat any stains on the sheets. Spray a laundry pretreatment spray on the spot prior to bleaching.

Fill the washer with the hottest water allowed for the fabric. Check the care label on the sheets to determine the proper water temperature setting.

Add the usual amount of washing powder to the wash water, as well as 1/2 cup of washing soda. Pour 1/4 cup of lemon juice into the water. The lemon juice works to bleach the white sheets.

Put the sheets in the water so they're completely submerged. Let them soak for 30 minutes.

Run the sheets through a complete wash cycle. Dry your white sheets outside in the sun for added bleaching power.


Lemon juice is used in place of chlorine bleach for bleaching white sheets. Although chlorine bleach will get the sheets white, it may weaken and/or discolour the fabric over time.

Things You'll Need

  • Laundry pretreatment spray
  • Washing powder
  • 1/2 cup washing soda
  • 1/4 cup lemon juice
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Kimbry Parker has been writing since 1998 and has published content on various websites. Parker has experience writing on a variety of topics such as health, parenting, home improvement and decorating. She is a graduate of Purdue University with a Bachelor of Arts in organizational communication.