Cleaning Bed Sheets

Keeping your bed sheets clean and fresh helps make sleep more relaxing. This is a guide about cleaning bed sheets.
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October 18, 2006 Flag
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Don't forget to clean your bed linen at least once a month. Everyone sweats, whether it's through their head which will release oils, or their feet or any where else and this will leave odors. Your body also has dead hair and skin that falls anywhere including your bed. So maybe cleaning the linen once a month might not be often enough for some, I guess it depends on how active you are.

By LRP from Lowell, MA

October 22, 20060 found this helpful

Washing bedlinens once a week is a good practice. Use warm water and a little bleach, and dry thoroughly on medium-high heat. This will kill some of the dust mites and bacteria. For extra dust mite protection I recommend you purchase zippered allergen-barrier covers for your box springs, mattress and pillows. These covers are available in vinyl but I prefer the newer and slightly more expensive fabric variety which "breathes" and doesn't make that crinkly plastic sound! You should also vacuum under and around your bed regularly.

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September 28, 20070 found this helpful

Honestly, being 19, going to school and having a job I will be lucky if I change them once every two weeks! I need to do it more often because I think that's whats causing me to wake up sneezing with a runny nose every morning. Should I vacuum the mattress too? I've been looking into it and I think dust mites get in there and stuff.

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February 23, 20080 found this helpful

Lynda,

I saw your post and was very interested. Do you mean you spray your carpets and baseboards with full strength alcohol? I know I use it to clean in my bathroom fairly often but never knew I could spray it on other things that were fabric or on carpets. Thanks ahead of time!

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October 27, 20090 found this helpful

When I had my own washer and dryer I did my bedding on a weekly basis. Now I live in an apartment and it costs $4.00 a load to do a load and the washer and dryer isn't large enough to do more than my queen size bedding and maybe a towel or two, it isn't near as easy to do the bedding that often.

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November 18, 20090 found this helpful

May 12, 2010 Flag
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My husband leaves a yellow stain on the sheets, the full length of his body. It takes awhile to show up on new sheets but after awhile it is definitely there. It also shows up on the pillowcases and seeps into the pillow. Other women have told me they have the same problem.

It isn't an oil stain since he doesn't have oily skin. Does anyone know what it is or how to remove the stain? I have tried pure Javex and Borax, but that doesn't remove any of the stain. We would really appreciate knowing what the stains are and how to remove them. Thank you in advance.

By Emma from Moncton, NB

May 16, 20100 found this helpful

I have used a product called BIZ as a pre-treating method for yellowing on the underarms of my husband's white t-shirts. I soak for 2 hours, then throw in wash with regular detergent and more Biz and it gets them out. Also, hang in the sun to dry. I'm thinking it's some type of perspiration stain on the sheets.

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May 16, 20100 found this helpful

I think his body is detoxing during the night.

While I have no solution for that, I would try Dawn dish washing detergent for the stains. I just used it to remove human urine stains from decorative rugs around the commode.

If it were my husband, and he would never do this mind you, I would take him to a holistic healer and find out what he's detoxing during the night. This is really important for his health.

Lots of luck!

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March 22, 20110 found this helpful

A lot of men don't use wash cloths when they shower. They need to. Also you might just have to give in and change the sheets every few days. If he showers in the morning maybe you can get him to change and shower at night instead. This could just be dead skin cells that he isn't getting off because he doesn't use a washcloth.

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March 22, 20110 found this helpful

If none of the soaps succeed in removing this from the sheets. I too agree with the poster about seeing what "toxins" are being released from his body.

About removing spots from the sheets. I'd put a half gallon of milk into a bowl or bucket, and soak the sheet for SEVERAL hours, then it wring out, and throw that into your washing machine. No need to

rinse it first, just wash normally after wringing out the milk.

Protein to protein adhesion occurs, and the milk proteins will adhere to the substance that is secreting from his body and break up the molecules enough to enable the washing afterward to remove this "protein secretion" in the fibers of the sheets.

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July 26, 20130 found this helpful

May 3, 2010 Flag

How often do you change or wash your bed sheets and mattress pads?

By Maryeileen from Brooklyn, OH

May 4, 20100 found this helpful

I change my sheets once a week and wash the pad once a month. I change the pillow cases twice a week because of hairspray and cosmetics.

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May 5, 20100 found this helpful

It depends on if you suffer from dust allergies. If you do, a minimum of once a week for both is recommended. Otherwise, 1x a month for the mattress pad and every two weeks for the sheets will probably do.

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May 7, 20100 found this helpful

I do my sheets and quilts/blankets once a week and the mattress pads once a month--sometimes more often if that darned, big, sloppy, slobbering dog of ours sneaks up onto my bed and wreaks havoc.

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May 24, 20100 found this helpful

I change the bed sheets every week. Every month I wash the blankets, pillows, and mattress cover.

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August 1, 2008 Flag
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Mend small rips and tears in pillow cases and sheets before you throw them in the washer. This will prevent them from ripping more.

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December 16, 2004 Flag
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Tips and ideas for washing, drying and folding sheets. Post your ideas.

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July 14, 2008 Flag
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Does anyone know how to get body oils out of sheets and towels? My husband has very oily skin and the oils seems to set in our white sheets and towels. I have tried soaking and bleach to no avail. They still have a noticeable yellow cast to them. I don't want to change sheets twice a week or buy dark towels. His latex pillow is also a nightmare! I would appreciate any help, thanks!

Nancy from Michigan

July 14, 20080 found this helpful

My husband has oily skin also. The only thing that has helped (and it certainly isn't much) is to convince him to clean his neck each night with cotton balls soaked in astringent. It's sold for teenage acne. That has saved his new pillow but not much help with yellow-cast sheets. Will follow your posting for solution(s).

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July 14, 20080 found this helpful

My soon to be X was like that due to medications. Sometimes in middle of night I would have to get up and change sheets as they were soaked. I would wash with reg laundry soap and add 1 cup white vinegar and 1/2 cup to 1 cup of baking soda. I learned to wrap a large white bath towel around his pillow and use 2 to 3 pillow cases and place 2 oversize white bath towels directly under his side under the fitted bed sheets. Good luck.

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July 15, 20080 found this helpful

I have used a cup of ammonia added to the normal amount of detergent when my husband had been working with motor oil and wiped his hands on his jeans. Ammonia is a grease cutter and deodorizer. The jeans would come out completely clean and freshened. Vinegar is a grease cutter also, but not quite heavy duty enough to handle motor oil. If adding vinegar doesn't do the trick, you might be happy trying the cup of ammonia.

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July 18, 20080 found this helpful

Bleach is not a grease cutter, ammonia is. Just don't ever mix them!

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July 21, 20080 found this helpful

August 22, 2005 Flag
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I have a small closet where I keep bed linens. The closet smells okay, but the linens smell musty or moldy after just a few days, and I must wash them (again) before use.

Any ideas, please?
Linda, FL

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August 24, 20050 found this helpful

I agree, you need to be sure everything is bone dry before you stack it up and put away. However if you live in Lousiana or some other humid place, that might not fix the problem. I also use dryer sheets in my drawers and closets, but I think that will not 'cure' your mold/mildew problem but will just mask the smell. Sorry I can't offer anything else.

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August 24, 20050 found this helpful

There are dehumidifying agents out there, some reusable (you bake it when it gets moist), some not--like Damp Rid. (It turns into liquid, then you dump it out.) Clay cat litter absorbs moisture, and it's cheap. Baking soda absorbs odors. If you don't already have cat litter, you could try getting some that has baking soda already in it. You could put it in an open box, bowl, or cloth bag (like a pillow case, knotted) in the closet while it's empty overnight to absorb moisture, then put the linens in the next day. (Hmm, sounds like it'd work.) If you use a box or bowl, it should be wide, so it has more litter exposed to the air. The cloth bag would be best, I think.

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August 24, 20050 found this helpful

I use Charcoal brickets to get rid of the humidity in my closets. Then To rid the musty smell you might figure out a way to safely set an open cup (it doesn't take much vinegar)of vinegar, it will rid your closet of the musty smell.

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August 31, 20050 found this helpful

It may not help the humidity, but as a general deoderizer, baking soda works great. Dry it into a mold and hang it, or put it in a small container that is open, or has openings in the lid. The baking soda actually absorbs odors, so it will need to be chages periodically. Use this trick anywhere you have an odor problem, litter box, bathroom, refridgerator etc.

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