If you think that bleach is the answer for white sheets, you’re…
Personally, I’ve always had white sheets and white bedding. There is something about feeling like you’re laying in a big comfy cloud that puts me to sleep more peacefully and soundly.
Also, how does one get stains out of purple or patterned sheets? I always had security in the thought that if I spilled on my cloud-like white sheets, I could just bleach them back to perfection. But over time, I noticed my white sheets getting more and more yellow hued. So instead of purchasing new sheets every six months, I decided to do some research on how to really, truly, maintain (or even reverse back to!) pearly white bedding.
Turns out, bleaching your white sheets is one of the worst things you can do to keep them white. Bleach contains chlorine, which chemically reacts to protein stains like sweat, body oils, sexual fluids, vomit, etc., to create a yellow and dingy stain. Not to worry, though, as there are so many other laundering options when it comes to your white bedding.
First, you can use a whitening laundry booster like OxiClean or Borax. The best way to use these is to soak your bedding overnight in it with water (follow directions per laundry booster for amounts), and then launder them as usual. You can do this in the bathtub or a large sink or bucket.
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If you want a more natural route, you can use normal household items such as vinegar, lemon, and baking soda. I like to pre-soak the bedding in hot water and half a cup of vinegar for about an hour. Then I wash them as a normal load, but add half a cup of baking soda or lemon juice along with the detergent. These are both powerful natural whiteners. Personally, I like lemon juice because of the slightly citrus smell, and I think that it kills off the lingering odor from the vinegar soak best.
Last but definitely not least, is bluing. Bluing is when you add a solution (we like Mrs. Stewarts) with blue tints to your wash. The blue counteracts the yellow hues to create a crisp white. Be careful, though, because this stuff stains. Be sure to follow the instructions very carefully because you’ll need to dilute it quite a bit. Try this for yourself, because this stuff really works. You can check it out on Amazon.
No eating in bed. I know, this is such a buzzkill. I’ve frequently been known to enjoy breakfast in bed, or even wine and pizza while watching “The Bachelor” if I’m really being honest. But unfortunately, this is a sure fire way to obtain some stains on your bedding. Some solutions are getting a breakfast tray, or removing all your bedding and using a mattress protector, but the most effective way is to abstain. If you do get some spills on your bedding (we’re only human), just be sure to treat them right away with a spot treatment, and then wash.
Wash your face before you hit the pillow. This goes for both men and women, makeup or no makeup. While we all know that rubbing our foundation and mascara on the pillow is not good, our faces also absorb pollutants and dirt in the air through the day, which can transfer to our pillows as well. Simply wash your face with some water and facial soap, and you’re good to go to bed.
Separate your whites. This is one you might have learned the hard way, when a pesky red underwear got mixed in and before you knew it, all your whites were pink. Keep whites with whites to keep them at their best color.
Launder regularly. Even if you shower every night before you get into bed, dead skin, hair, and other things transfer on your sheets through the week. It’s gross, but it’s true. When they build up, they create a dingy yellow cast. Make sure to wash your bedding (including your pillow cases!) at least once every two weeks or even once a week if you have the time.
Air dry if possible. This won’t help with making your sheets anymore white, but will keep your bedding soft and maintain its quality.
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