How to clean yellowing bedsheets
How you ever bought a brand new set of sheets only to have them discolored after a few short months? If you have lighter colored sheets they may have taken on a yellowish color or darker sheets may have gotten darker in some spots. This discoloration is caused by body oils and sweat that have accumulated on the fabric and the problem can be made worse if the water that your linens aren’t being washed in isn’t hot enough. Luckily we have a solution to getting your sheets looking like new or greatly improved.
What you will need:
Set your washing machine to the hottest setting on a normal or normal/heavy load.
Add the suggested amount of laundry detergent you would normally use for a load of sheets to the empty washing machine.
Add about 2 tablespoons of dish soap directly into the water, make sure that it is mixing into the water thoroughly.
Add 1/4 cup of Borax into the water.
Add your bed sheets and make sure they’re all fully submerged in the water.
Add about 1/2 cup of distilled white vinegar to your washing machine’s fabric softener dispenser.
When the machine has finished filling with water, allow the sheets to soak for 20-30 minutes. Allowing the sheets to soak is very important because it helps to separate the oil molecules in the sheets. Make sure that you leave the lid of the washing machine open for this step to prevent the wash cycle from starting up again.
After letting the sheets soak, let the wash cycle continue as usual. If you do not have a fabric softener dispenser or a Downy Ball, be sure to add the vinegar in the rinse.
Dry your sheets as usual. You do not need to add fabric softener or dryer sheets because the vinegar naturally softens the fabric, and fabric softeners tend to exasperate the body oil staining fabrics problem.
Enjoy your fresh clean sheets!