How to Get Stains Out of Egyptian Cotton Sheets

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Cotton is a fibrous fabric that is comfortable to sleep on and easy to clean if the correct steps are used in the process. Through the use of simple, everyday household items, you can clean your Egyptian cotton sheets like the pros do. The key to successful stain removal is to treat the stain as soon as possible and to make sure to never dry the item before the stain is completely removed.

Things You'll Need

  • Shampoo
  • Cold water
  • Laundry detergent
  • Locate the stain on the bedding as soon as possible. If the stain has been on the sheets for over 48 hours, pre-soak the sheets in cold water for two to three hours.

  • Pour shampoo directly onto the stain, and rub it into the stain. Continue running cold water over the stain and shampoo until the stain is lifted away.

  • Create a paste with laundry detergent and cold water to rub over the stain if the shampoo does not work. You can use this paste in place of shampoo.

  • Once the stain is removed as well as possible, launder the sheet as normal in cold water. Before placing the sheets in the dryer, check to make sure the stain is completely gone. If not, repeat steps 2 and 3 and re-launder the sheet. Wash the sheet as many times as needed to remove the stain.

Tips & Warnings

  • Never use shampoo intended to color or keep your dyed hair colored on the sheets. Always use shampoo intended for cleaning hair, not for color enhancement.
  • Do not dry the sheets until the stain has been completely removed. The heat from the dryer will set the stain and make it nearly impossible to remove later.

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