How to Remove Stains from Egyptian Cotton Sheets

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How to Remove Stains from Egyptian Cotton Sheets

Egyptian cotton sheets give any bed a soft, luxurious touch. Stains quickly diminish their appearance and can cause issues within the fibres that make them wear out faster. Properly removing stains keeps bed sheets looking their best and extends their lives.


Clarifying Shampoo

Natural body oils and skin cells can leave sheets discoloured. Over time, these compounds break down the fibres and wear out the sheets. Designed to remove residues and oils from the hair, clarifying shampoo is a gentle and effective means of removing body oils from fabrics without causing damage. Soak the sheets in cold water for up to three hours. Pour shampoo onto the stain and gently rub the fabric together to create a lather and loosen the stain. Rinse thoroughly in cold water before washing in cold water. Keep in mind that you should not use hot water; cold water is gentler on the delicate fibres of Egyptian cotton, thereby helping the sheets last longer.


Detergent Paste

Concentrate the power of powder laundry detergent by making it into a thick paste. Combine laundry soap with cold water and apply the paste to the stained area. Work the paste through the fibres by rubbing the sheet together. Rinse and wash normally. This technique proves effective for a wide variety of stains, including bodily oils, fresh blood, and food stains. For stains that linger after rinsing, repeat the paste application on the back of the sheet.

Bicarbonate of Soda

Bicarbonate of soda deeply cleans and removes odours without damaging high quality cotton fibres. Add a large scoop in with sheets and wash as usual for brighter, cleaner, fresher-smelling sheets. For particularly difficult stains, make a paste of bicarbonate and white vinegar and rub it into the stain. Rinse with white vinegar until the bubbling stops, and then rinse with water. For challenging stains, repeat as necessary and then wash as usual.


Rubbing Alcohol

Blot ink stains to remove as much as possible. Rinse thoroughly with cold water and place on a clean, white, absorbent cloth that you do not mind ruining. Pour rubbing alcohol directly onto the stain and blot with another clean, white cloth. Turn the sheet over, and repeat until the stain is gone.



White Egyptian cotton sheets with waxy, yellowish residue from sweat and body oils require the use of hot water. Use high quality bleach and very hot water to dissolve these stains and remove them. Oxygen bleach is particularly effective, as it is highly effective at lifting stains, boosts the whitening power of the bleach, and is gentler on fibres than chlorine bleach.

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