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How to Remove Body Soil from Bed Sheets

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By Cynthia

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My husband has excessive hair and body oils which get on the sheets and pillowcases. How can I get this out? I have tried every stain stick,stain spray,and hand dishwashing detergent and the fabric feels like old fashioned oil cloth. Help!!!!

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My husband has excessive hair and body oils which get on the sheets and pillowcases. How can I get this out? I have tried every stain stick,stain spray,and hand dishwashing detergent and the fabric feels like old fashioned oil cloth. Help!!!!

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  • I have tried every stain stick,stain spray,and hand dishwashing detergent and the fabric feels like old fashioned oil cloth. Help!!!!

Mary Marlowe Leverette, About.com Laundry & Laundry Rooms, says:

Body oils are difficult to remove as you know. For your current sheets, fill the washer with hot water and add one cup household non-sudsing ammonia. NEVER USE AMMONIA WITH CHLORINE BLEACH. Allow the sheet to soak for several hours and then wash as usual. During the final rinse, add one cup white distilled vinegar. This will soften your sheets and reduce static which will help release any body hair.

It may take several washings to get your sheets feeling better. They will probably never be white again.

For new sheets, follow the same directions. You could also ask your husband to use an astringent before bed each night. Changing the sheets more often will also prevent the stains from remaining on the fabric for so long and make them easier to use.

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