Fresh new bed sheets are one of life’s best little comforts.
After a while, you might notice that your bed sheets have turned a little yellow in certain areas which causes them to look unsightly.
Some people aren’t bothered by this discoloration, but if you are then you may be frustrated to know the cause and how to prevent this to keep your sheets crisp and fresh.
No one wants to keep replacing their bedsheets for the same thing to happen all over again.
In this article, learn what causes bedsheets to turn yellow in the first place and how to avoid it in the future.
What Causes Bedsheets To Turn Yellow?
There are a number of things that can cause bedsheets to become stained which are unavoidable such as sweat or body oil.
Another cause may be creams and lotions that we put on before bed.
Body fluids such as sweat are natural and cannot be helped.
Even if you sleep in a cool room, there is still a chance of you sweating throughout the night, leading to discoloration of the sheets.
Why Do Bed Sheets Turn Yellow In Storage?
If you’ve stored sheets away in the attic or in a linen closet for a while, you may notice sheets that first appear to be white and actually have a faint yellow tinge to them.
Similarly to clothing, bedsheets may be subject to chemical reactions, decay, and breakdowns that are taking place when stored away.
These elements aren’t visible to the naked eye, but they are the cause of that horrid yellowing you find.
Sheets that aren’t thoroughly cleaned before storing can turn yellow when certain chemicals oxidize such as hidden stains.
If you’ve used too little laundry detergent then there may not have been enough to break down all the dirt present on the sheets.
This can lead to invisible stains that eventually turn yellow.
Another cause of yellowing may come from the sheets not being thoroughly rinsed before being stored.
Quick wash settings are great for convenience, but they may not be enough to get rid of any chemical residue and dirt, causing it to linger on the sheets.
Again, this leads to yellowing.
How To Prevent Sheets From Turning Yellow?
Changing Your Sheets
If you love the look and feel of crisp white sheets, you need to consider the extra upkeep.
Keeping them looking fresh and white means you’ll need to wash them more frequently than colored or patterned sheets.
The longer your sweat, oil, and bodily fluids stick to the sheets the more likely they are to discolor.
As mentioned earlier, these may not be visible to you but they are there.
Washing your sheets regularly is a great way to avoid this, we suggest one a week is sufficient enough.
Wash Whites Separately
Washing white bed sheets on their own will minimize any potential discoloration occurring.
We all know what happens when one red sock gets mixed up with a load of whites.
Dry In Sunlight
Once your sheets are nice and clean, air-dry them in a bright room that receives plenty of sunlight.
The sun has a natural lightening effect, which you may have noticed in the summer months when people’s hair tends to naturally lighten a little.
The natural lighting from the sun will help to reduce the appearance of yellow stains as well as prevent them from building up.
Washing Before Storing
Correctly storing your bed sheets will help to extend their lifespan of the sheets and also avoid them from going yellow when tucked away.
For best results wash the sheets on a delicate cycle and in cold water as hot water can be too harsh.
Once nice and clean, air them out for a whole day in a sunny room to ensure they are fully dry before storing.
If sheets are even slightly damp this can encourage mold and mildew build-up, especially if you’re not storing them in a warm linen closet.
Correctly Storing Bed Sheets
If you’re storing your bedsheets away for a long time, it’s important to do this correctly.
Store your bedsheets in a dry container such as a vacuum-sealed plastic bag to ensure moisture and damp smells don’t creep in over the months.
It’s best to store sheets in a cool, dry place such as a closet or chest where temperatures are stable and sunlight cannot discolor the sheets.
A top tip is to label your storage bags if you’re using them to make it easier to locate your sheets when you want to use them again.
Removing Yellow Stains
Alarm bells may start ringing when you notice yellow stains on your bedsheets, but it really isn’t a cause for concern.
There are a number of tricks you can use to get rid of these stains and have your sheets look as good as new in no time.
Baking Soda Method
Baking soda is the unsung hero of the cleaning world.
It can be used for almost anything, such as whitening your laundry.
Putting half a cup of baking soda in with your usual laundry detergent will help to lift yellow stains and banish horrible smells.
White vinegar is another standard household item that has so many uses.
This natural stain remover also has odor-banishing powers.
Simply mix a bucket of hot water with half a cup of vinegar to soak your sheets in for a few hours.
After this, wash your sheets with a mild detergent on a regular wash cycle and dry.
There are a number of stain sprays on the market that you can use to pre-treat before putting them in the machine.
Sprays are fairly inexpensive and can be very effective if they are tough enough.
The Bottom Line
Keeping your bed sheets crisp, fresh, and white can be a tough task sometimes.
Hopefully, with these easy tips and tricks you’ll find it easy to combat yellow stains and keep everything looking fresh!