Recently I was poking around on a chat forum for cleaning. Yes, really, that is how I spend my free time. I can’t help it, I love coming up with new ways to clean things. I noticed multiple people mentioned using dish soap on clothes to get rid of the ring around the collar. It makes perfect sense. We use dish soap on dishes to get rid of grease, but I never considered that same grease-fighting powers could work on clothes too. I couldn’t wait to try it out.
Enter my sweat-stained sheets and mattress pad. Whenever I wash them I always add some borax to the load to try to get the stains out. It helps, but they are always still there. Since my mattress pad stains looked very similar to collar stains on clothes I figured I would give it a try. I decided to add a little extra cleaning power and use the dish soap too.
My sheets are a light tan color, so the sweat stains are difficult to see. However, the mattress pad is white and the sweat stains are absolutely disgusting. Here they are before I used the borax/dish soap method. Check out how to easily remove sweat stains.
To clean the stains off your sheets or blankets start the washer on the hottest setting possible. Add the sheets or blankets to the washer. Then add about 1 cup of borax and 2 tablespoons dish soap to the washing machine. Next, let the machine start running for a few minutes to make sure that all of the dish soap and borax are mixed into the water. Then stop your machine and let the load sit for about 1 hour.
After 1 hour start the machine and let it run all the way through. I usually set the machine for an extra rinse at the end when I am doing this too. If you have an extra rinse button I recommend using it. When it is done remove the sheets and blankets to see if the stains are gone. If they aren’t you can always go through the steps one more time.
The first time I tried this process I had to do it twice to get the years worth of stains from our stuff. Now one time usually takes care of all the stains. Once all the stains are gone I like to wash it one time through with regular detergent. Follow the drying directions on the items and you are done!
I am amazed at how well this simple trick does at removing all of our disgusting stains. It works great and the machine does all of the work. If only all stains were this easy. 😉 I have found the borax/dish soap combo works great to get your pillow sweat stains out too. You can see how to machine wash your pillows here.
I can not believe the difference it made in my mattress pad. You can see the before and after below. It is absolutely amazing!
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