Ever lay on a fresh sheet where you can feel the crisp and clean bedding? With a book in one hand and hot chocolate waiting for you atop a nightstand? Sounds heavenly, doesn’t it? Now, let’s tweak the scenario. You come home to yellowish, stained sheets, which look like they haven’t been washed in a long, long time. Cozy vibes ruined!
Spotless white sheets are small pleasures of life that can make you feel oh-so-good when you hit the sack. However, unlike your colored sheets, white ones need extra TLC (tender love and care), without which they lose their hotel-like sheen and turn into not-so-good-looking yellowed sheets, which can, in all honesty, ruin a good night’s sleep! But, don’t worry, the solution is quite simple. It involves washing your sheets using the right ingredients.
We know: Washing your sheets is not the fun activity you had in mind this weekend. But when done right, it won’t take too long. Just read ahead to know more on how to whiten sheets in an easy-peasy manner.
White sheets turn yellow with time because of the body oils and sweat. While washing your bedding every day can curb this issue, you can also prolong the brightness of the sheets with the below-mentioned methods.
Lemon is a natural bleaching agent because of the presence of citric acid. When used strategically, it can brighten and make your sheets white again. Another advantage of using lemon juice is that it leaves a pleasing citrus scent. Now, there are two methods to brighten your sheets with lemon juice;
Note: Method two is not suitable for silk sheets.
Vinegar is a household superhero that can quickly fix several cleaning issues where vinegar and baking soda are solid matches. Baking soda comes with its odor-neutralizing qual whereas vinegar helps lighten the sheets. You can use either of the methods mentioned below.
Borax is another excellent ingredient with multiple uses, right from removing any foul odor to eliminating stains and, of course, whitening your sheets.
Bleach is an excellent product to lighten your sheets. However, it is essential to be cautious while using this solution because it can react with protein stains, such as sweat, sexual fluids, and more. The following steps will help you out.
You can also make use of non-chlorine oxygen bleach to keep your sheets white and fresh.
Did you know that liquid bluing has been used to whiten yellowed sheets since 1870 when Al Stewart, a travelling salesman, sold homemade liquid bluing throughout the Midwest? Liquid bluing is excellent and can neutralize the yellowish stains.
It can also help get sweat stains out of sheets!
Washing your bedding with hydrogen peroxide is a great option to remove yellow stains from sheets. You can also use this ingredient with other cleaning solutions, such as baking soda. However, make sure you don’t mix it with vinegar or bleach.
These were some of the simple methods that you can use to keep your sheets white. Doing this once or twice a week will keep your sheets immaculate and white. But let’s take a look at all the steps to make sheets white again.
Now that you know the method and the ingredients required, it becomes vital to understand the nuances and the correct order to use the products. Follow this procedure to make your sheets white again.
If you are pre-soaking your sheets, make sure you do it in warm or hot water. You must do this for at least an hour. You must pre-soak your sheets if you use white vinegar, lemon juice, or borax. Soak your sheets in one gallon of hot water with ½ cup of vinegar, lemon juice, or borax.
Once you have pre-soaked your sheets, it is time for the first cycle. Here, make sure you avoid using any fabric softeners because using vinegar or lemon juice will get the job done. For the first cycle, make use of the following options.
Use any one of the options and wash your sheets as usual.
After washing the sheets in the first cycle, if you notice any residue or unpleasant odor, use hydrogen peroxide and rewash it along with your regular detergent. Hydrogen is safe to use, and you can also use liquid bluing at this point.
Air drying your white sheets under the sunlight is the best option because the sun is believed to be a natural bleaching agent. Ultraviolet rays can fade the color of an object, and when the rays fall on white sheets, they can help fade away any remaining stains and whiten them.
Now you know how to whiten dingy sheets. But, once you make your sheets white, it becomes crucial to maintain the brightness. These five tips will help you out.
Our sheets are home to dead skin cells, body oil, sweat, hair, and all things gross. This debris keeps getting accumulated through time and can attract allergens, such as dust mites and bacteria. It occurs even if you shower every night before bed.
While these allergens are invisible, they cause reactions, such as sneezing, runny nose, and skin irritation. Therefore, you must wash your sheets every week. If you can, give it an extra rinse after the final cycle to make sure any residual detergent is flushed out.
While fabric softeners smell good, they are not suitable for the sheets because they can lead to chemical build-up on your sheets. Instead, you can use natural softeners, such as vinegar. Use white vinegar for the same.
One of the many reasons why the white sheets become stained is that they are washed with colored clothes. Here, there is a risk of color bleeding into your white fabric.
Our face absorbs dust and dirt throughout the day. It gets transferred to the sheets when you sleep without washing your face.
No matter how careful you are, there are chances of spilling when you eat on your bed. And removing these stains can be difficult, especially if they seep into the mattress.
Now you know how you can keep your bedding white and bright. Give it a try!