75p item is an ‘easy fix’ for ‘stubborn yellow stains’ on bed sheets and pillows

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No matter how frequently Britons shower and change their pyjamas, white sheets and pillows might still turn yellow, and that’s normal.

Bodily fluids, skin oil, various creams and lotions being used can leave some yellow stains on bedding over time. 

Fortunately, there are a several simple solutions to save bedding from yellow stains that Kathleen Bell, smol’s sustainable cleaning expert has exclusively shared with Express.co.uk.

She explained: “Sweaty nights can often lead to discolouration of your bed sheets but this isn’t just due to the sweat alone. 

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“Your skin and hair contain an oil called sebum, which can also produce yellow staining. If you think your bedding is suffering from this kind of stubborn yellow staining, an easy fix is shampoo.”

An inexpensive shampoo also works the same way as laundry detergent to remove yellow stains.

Shampoo works by breaking down body oils so it can help to remove sweat stains.

This common household item can be picked up at Asda for as little as 75p and at Sainsbury’s and Tesco for 85p.

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The expert recommends applying the shampoo to the stain and leaving it to soak in warm water. She said: “Once you’ve given it a good scrub, add it to the wash as normal.”

Kathleen also suggested that households can use a “water-white vinegar mix” to remove yellow stains from their bedding.

It is a natural stain remover that also helps eliminate bad odours from fabrics.

To do this, pour half a cup of vinegar into a container of hot water and soak the bedding in the mixed solution for around half an hour.

After, add the bedding into the washing machine and run it under the regular cycle using a mild laundry detergent.

Another “great hack” if bedding is prone to yellow staining is to dry it outside or by a window for the day. This works as the UV from the sun can help to “break down” the stain and even “help kill germs”.

For those who have given all these methods a good go but the yellow stains still won’t budge, then they can also try using a stain gel. 

Kathleen said: “It’s best to opt for one that is enzyme-based and bleach-free to break down the proteins rather than simply bleach your clothes clean by using high concentrations of harsh chemicals that can damage fabrics and even irritate the skin.”

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