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Removing Stains From Sheets

Whether you accidentally dropped some potato chips on your bed while binging Netflix or you woke up sweating because of a nightmare, stains on your clean sheets are no fun. However, they don’t have to stay stained. With a couple of tips, you can easily remove many common stains.

Types of Stains in Sheets

While any stain can ruin the look of your sheets, the most common types of stains are sweat, blood, grease and oil. Whether you’re dealing with mechanical grease stains or food oil, sweat or deodorant stains, animal blood or period blood, the trick to getting each of them out is working as fast as possible so the stain doesn’t set.

Remove Stains From Sheets: Step by Step

What should you do if you wake up to stains on your bed sheets?

  • Choose a Persil detergent based on the color of your sheets
  • Pretreat with your detergent
  • Wash and rinse
  • Check to see if the stain is gone

Picking a Detergent

Before you treat any stain, check the care label on your sheets to make sure they are machine washable. Some fine fabrics require more delicate care; for these fabrics, Perwoll Care detergent is a gentle, but effective option. For colored sheets, use Persil Color Megaperls® or Persil Color Gel as your stain remover and detergent. For whites, Persil Universal Megaperls® or Persil Universal Gel is the best option.


Remove as much liquid or solid excess as possible from the stain. Flush with cool water from the backside, then apply your Persil detergent to the front of the stain. Let sit for a few minutes, then rinse.

Wash Quickly

The temperature required for washing your sheets depends on the type of stain. For sweat and armpit stains as well as oil and grease stains, wash at the highest temperature possible that is safe for the fabric. For blood stains, however, you’re going to want to use cold water. Luckily, Persil Universal and Color Megaperls® are cold active, which means they work well in cold water.

Check After Washing

Before drying, check to see if the stain is gone. If it isn’t repeat the steps above. Don’t dry, or it could set the stain on the sheet. If you’re dealing with yellow sweat and armpit stains, you should also check to make sure the odor caused by the stain is gone as well.

How to Get Stains Out of Different Colored Sheets or Different Fabrics

If you need to remove blood from white sheets, always use Persil Universal Megaperls® as your detergent. For colored sheets, use the color version of this detergent. Don’t mix the two up, as each is intended for a certain type of laundry.

The type of fabric the sheets are made of will often determine whether they can be machine washed or must be hand washed. Cotton is tough and can easily take on stain treatments and machine washing. Fine fabrics like silk, however, require gentle handwashing with Perwoll Care.

Special Conditions: Stains on Sheets

How to remove dried blood from sheets?

If you need to dried or old blood out of sheets, the best thing to do is soak the fabric in dool water. This will revive the stain and make it easier to remove. After an hour of soaking, follow the same pre-treatment process as above.

What about dried oil stains?

Although it may seem strange, adding fresh oil to a dried oil stain can actually help revive it and make it easier to get out. Just pre-treat the area and wash in the hottest water possible after reviving the stain.

Removing yellow sweat and armpit stains from sheets:

To get rid of those ugly yellow stains from sweat, soak your sheets in a mixture of Persil detergent and cool water for about an hour. Then, pre-treat the stain and wash as normal.

Frustrated by sweat, grease and blood stains ruining the look of your bed sheets? Get rid of them easily with these instructions.