How to Remove Coconut Oil Stains from Sheets
You can generally remove coconut oil stains from sheets by applying some baking soda on the stain, scrubbing it with a toothbrush, then soaking the bed sheet in hot water and dishwasher soap, and washing the sheets in the washing machine at high temperature.
This is the general method used to remove coconut oil stains from sheets. However, there are exceptions, tips and information you need to know before you attempt to remove coconut oil stains from sheets. So, read today's oneHOWTO tutorial to find out: does coconut oil stain sheets? Will coconut oil ruin sheets? Will coconut oil come out of sheets? And of course how to remove coconut oil stains from sheets.
Does coconut oil stain sheets?
Coconut oil, like any other oil, can stain bed sheets, but those coconut oil stains are usually relatively easy to get rid of, especially if the bed sheet is made of cotton, and is light in color.
Normally, people tend to stain bed sheets with coconut oil in 2 ways: they either leave a coconut oil container on the bed. If the bottle is oily (and it usually is) it will stain the bed sheet. This is avoidable by never leaving a coconut oil bottle on the bed, or by putting it on top of a towel.
The other way bed sheets can get stained with coconut oil is by contact with the skin, if coconut oil was previously applied. Coconut oil does not absorb quickly, so it is very easy for it to deposit on the bed sheet. This can also happen when coconut oil is applied on baby's skin or on the hair.
Will coconut oil ruin sheets?
Coconut oil usually does not ruin sheets. Normally, you can remove coconut oil from sheets. However, if your bed sheets are delicate (silk for example) or dark in color, it might be harder to remove coconut oil from them, because traditional methods used to get rid of coconut oil might ruin such bed sheets.
Since it can be tricky to use baking soda or hot water for delicate or dark bed sheets, below we will give you some specific information on how to remove coconut oil stains from delicate bed sheets.
Will coconut oil come out of sheets?
Normally, coconut oil comes out of bed sheets, but it requires a little effort. The only problem would be if the bed sheets are made of a very delicate material, but we will give you a way to remove coconut oil stains from delicate sheets as well.
How to remove coconut oil stains from cotton sheets
The process for getting rid of coconut oil stains from bed sheets is basically baking soda, washing up liquid, and high temperature water. Let's see in more details how to remove coconut oil stains from light cotton sheets.
- If the coconut oil stain is recent, dry excess oil with white towels
- apply a large amount of baking soda to cover the whole stain
- let it sit for 15 minutes
- if clamps form in the baking soda, repeat the process until no clumps appear
- scrape the baking soda away by rubbing the stain with a toothbrush. Rub for a few minutes
- soak the bed sheets in hot water with 3 tablespoons of washing up soap. Rub.
- wash the bed sheet in the washing machine at the highest temperature you can
- add a glass of white vinegar to the washing machine cycle
- dry in the sun, not in the dryer
Once the bed sheet is dry, you can check whether the stain has gone away. If not, repeat the process by rubbing more accurately with the toothbrush. Do not dry your bed sheets in the dryer until the coconut oil stain has gone away completely, otherwise you risk of fixing it.
How to remove coconut oil stains from dark cotton sheets
To remove coconut oil stains from dark cotton sheets, you can simply repeat the same process as above, but use cornstarch or arrowroot powder instead of baking soda. In fact, baking soda could possibly damage the color of your bed sheet.
Now that you know how to remove coconut oil stains from cotton sheets, let's see how to remove coconut oil stains from more tricky materials.
How to remove coconut oil stains from polyester bed sheets
For polyester bed sheets, the only thing you should change from the method we gave you to remove coconut oil stains from cotton sheets is the water temperature. Do not soak polyester bed sheets in hot water, and do not choose a too hot washing machine cycle. 40 degrees Celsius should work fine.
It will of course be harder to remove coconut oil stains from sheets without high temperature water. Therefore, we suggest you rub the coconut oil stain with the toothbrush for longer.
How to remove coconut oil stains from delicate bed sheets
When it comes to removing coconut oil stains from delicate bed sheets, forget about baking soda and hot water. Just rub the coconut oil stain with some baby powder and a toothbrush. Then, scratch it more with a credit card. Soak it in cold water and washing up soap, and wash it as usual. It might take a lot of scratching to remove coconut oil stains from delicate bed sheets. In order not to damage the fabric, we suggest you place a piece of cardboard behind the stained part of the sheet while you rub.
How to remove an old coconut oil stain from sheets
If the coconut oil stain is old and fixed, it will appear as a dark ring. What you need to do is scratch the dark part away with the help of a credit card, toothbrush, and baking soda or baby powder. There is usually no point in soaking or washing the bed sheet at a high temperature when the coconut oil stain is fixed. It is better if, after scratching away the dark ring, you rub it with a coarse sponge soaked in cold water and washing up liquid.
Now you know all about removing coconut oil stains from sheets, let us know if you got rid of your coconut oil stain!
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