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How to Remove Heavy Body Soil Stains

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By ladydiruss

My Laundry Question

My husband has his own business - he sweats a lot at night and has oily skin - he often has cuts and scrapes (which bleed) on my sheets. How can I "salvage" some of my expensive linens..?

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During sleep - he sweats a lot at night and has oily skin (face and neck) - partly due to the nature of his work - my sheets and pillowcases have that oily body smell and the stain will not come out. Often times he will have a nick or cut on his hands or arms and bleeds on the sheets or pillowcases. I have tried all sorts of detergents and stain removers, but the oily spot still remains on the cases. Is there anything out there that will remove the stains.....

Lessons Learned

  • don't buy expensive linen....LOL

Fabric Content of Item (if appropriate)

Egyptian cotton

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

Sounds like you have a hard-working husband! To remove heavy body soil and oils, you must use a heavy-duty detergent and hot water. My best suggestions for heavy duty detergents are Wisk or Tide. For the heavily soiled areas, work a bit of the liquid detergent into the stains and let it work for at least 15 minutes before washing.

For the blood stains, before you wash the sheets in hot water rinse the blood stains with cold water.

Mix a solution of oxygen-based bleach (OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach) and cool water. Follow the package directions as to how much product per gallon of water. Completely submerge the stained area and allow it to soak for at least an hour. Check the stain. If it is gone, wash as usual. If it remains, mix a fresh solution and repeat. It may take several soakings to remove the stain (depending on how old the stain is) but it should come out.

Good luck!

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