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How to Remove Coconut Oil Stains from Sheets

By Alice Marini. Updated: July 10, 2019
How to Remove Coconut Oil Stains from Sheets

The easiest way to remove remove coconut oil stains from sheets is by applying baking soda onto the stain, scrubbing it with a toothbrush and then soaking the bed sheet in hot water and dishwasher soap. However, there are some exceptions, tips and information you need to know before you attempt to remove coconut oil stains from sheets.

Keep reading here at oneHOWTO to find out ifcoconut oil stain sheets, will coconut oil come out of sheets? And of course, how to remove coconut oil stains from sheets.

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Does coconut oil stain sheets?

Coconut oil, as with any other oil, can stain bed sheets. Luckily though, 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, coconut oil tends to stain bed sheets in one of two ways: by leaving an open coconut container on the bed or through contact with the skin.

Coconut oil does not absorb into skin quickly, so if you’ve just applied coconut oil to your skin, give it time to sink in before getting into bed.

For more, read how to use coconut oil for dry skin.

How to Remove Coconut Oil Stains from Sheets - Does coconut oil stain sheets?

Will coconut oil ruin sheet?

Normally, coconut oil does not ruin sheets as it can be easily removed. However, if your bed sheets are made of a delicate material (silk for example) or are dark in color, these factors may make it harder to remove. In these such cases, using traditional methods like baking soda and/or hot water on delicate sheets can cause damage. For more about how to effectively remove coconut oil stains from delicate bed sheets, keep reading below.

Will coconut oil come out of sheets?

As we’ve already mentioned, coconut oil does normally come out of bed sheets. The material of the sheet, however, needs to be taken into consideration.

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How to remove coconut oil stains from cotton sheets

The general process for getting rid of coconut oil stains from bed sheets requires baking soda, washing up liquid, and hot water. Follow this step-by-step on how to remove coconut oil stains from light cotton sheets;

  1. If the coconut oil stain is recent, dab off excess oil with a towel
  2. Apply a large amount of baking soda to cover the whole stain
  3. Let it sit for 15 minutes
  4. If clumps form in the baking soda, repeat the process until clumps disappear
  5. Scrape the baking soda away by rubbing the stain for a few minutes with a toothbrush
  6. Soak the bed sheets in hot water with 3 tablespoons of washing up soap and rub
  7. Wash the bed sheet in a washing machine at the highest temperature possible
  8. Add a glass of white vinegar to the washing machine cycle
  9. Dry in the sun (not in the dryer)

Once the bed sheet is dry, check whether the stain has been removed. If not, repeat the process. Do not dry your bed sheets in the dryer until the coconut oil stain has disappeared completely.

How to Remove Coconut Oil Stains from Sheets - How to remove coconut oil stains from cotton sheets

How to remove coconut oil stains from dark cotton sheets

When removing coconut oil stains from dark cotton sheets, all you have to do is repeat the same process as above. Instead of using baking soda, however, we recommend opting for cornstarch or arrowroot powder. The use of baking soda on dark sheets should be avoided as it can damage the color.

For more, we recommend reading our article where we discuss the best uses of baking soda for your daily life.

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 on polyester bed sheets

Do you have a coconut oil stain on polyester sheets? For polyester bed sheets, the only thing you should change from the above method 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 is the maximum recommended temperature.

In this case, you may need to rub the baking soda toothbrush onto the sheet for longer.

How to remove coconut oil stains from delicate bed sheets

When it comes to removing coconut oil stains from delicate bed sheets, do not use about baking soda and hot water.

In this case we recommend rubbing the coconut oil stain with some baby powder and a toothbrush. Then, scratch it with a credit card. Soak it in cold water and washing up liquid and wash it as usual. In order not to damage the fabric, we suggest that you place a piece of cardboard behind the stained part of the sheet while you rub.

How to Remove Coconut Oil Stains from Sheets - How to remove coconut oil stains from delicate bed sheets

How to get old coconut oil out of clothes and sheets

If you’re trying to get an old oil stain out of sheets, you need to do scratch the dark part away with the help of a credit card, toothbrush, and baking soda or baby powder. If the coconut oil stain is old and fixed, there is no point in washing it on a high temperature. Rather than doing this, we recommend scratching away the dark ring, rubbing 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 below if you managed to get rid of your old coconut oil stain!

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Sonja
I thought this article was great but unfortunately wasn't exactly what I was looking for. We have been using coconut oil on my mothers skin for years and never had any problem with staining (by the way). When she had a stroke and had go to the hospital the nurses gave many complimients on how great her skin was for a bed ridden person and fully embraced using the coconut oil. Unfortunately she has now had to move to a nursing home and they just informed me that they removed the coconut oil from her room because it was flamable and could cause fire in the dryers in the laundry room. I simply don't believe that but can't find anything to refute their claim. Any ideas?
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Sonja,

Coconut oil is indeed flammable and, unfortunately, even olive oil and others we may consider harmless are on the banned items list in many nursing homes. We find the fire in the dyers explanation a little dubious, however, if they have been washed. In saying this, it is remotely possible, if unlikely. It may seem bureaucratic, but the rules are there for safety purposes.

We can't find much information on coconut oil causing dryer fires specifically. It is possible they are being overcautious and as long as it is rubbed into the skin, it seems unlikely. However, even a slight possibility may be enough to prohibit them. You could speak further and ask if you could rub it in yourself (if you were up to it), but it would be the home's discretion. Hope this helps.

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