White sheets and pillows gradually turn yellow over time as the fabric is exposed to body oil and sweat. Lotions and cosmetics can also alter the colour to a noticeable degree. Fed up of her off-white coloured sheets, one woman took to the Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips on Facebook to ask for advice for restoring her white sheets.
Joanne Brady said: “Hi all. I have white bed sheets that I can’t get back white again.
“They are brand new and somehow my other half manages to turn his side of the sheet to an off yellow colour. It’s driving me crazy.”
In response to the post, Mrs Hinch fans were split between using a dedicated laundry whitening product and dishwasher tablets.
Dixie Preston said: “Soak in Napisan overnight. You’ll have brilliant white bed sheets.”
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Aideen Delaney O’Rourke commented: “I have white sheets and duvet covers and I use Napisan In every second wash.”
Natalie Cutler said: “Soak in Milton sterilising fluid for 15 mins then wash on a 40 wash with Vanish oxi white and your normal detergent. That’s how I keep my sons chef whites clean and white.”
Julie Johnson wrote: “Vanish white in the drum with detergent on a 90 degree wash.”
Elaine Moore replied: “I’ve seen people on here recommend a dishwashing tablet, worth a try. But I’d also go with Milton as it worked wonders on coffee splashed all over my white top today and you’d never know it was there now.”
Aileen Talbot said: “Dishwasher tablets have always worked for me on my yellowed sheets, but then I also hang bed sheets out whenever I can.”
Lynzi Browell Pantoni was also in favour of using dishwasher tablets. She said: “Dishwasher tablets, the plain white ones, not the ones with a coloured ball in the middle. I put two in all my bedding.”
Charlotte Pearson wrote: “Definitely try a dishwasher tablet along with biological washing powder. I have a similar sweaty husband and it brings the sheets back to life.”
Jennifer Maxwell said: “Put a dishwasher tablet in your washer drum wash on at least 60 degrees alongside your washing detergents and conditioner – it will dazzle you.”
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Shannon Youde agreed: “Put washing powder in the drum, add two dishwasher tablets, wash on your normal wash.”
The ingredients in dishwasher tablets will remove stains and generally brighten those whites back up to its original status in no time.
What’s more they are a cheaper alternative to buying dedicated laundry whitening products.
From whitening bedding to removing stubborn grease stains from ovens and banishing mould from washing machines, dishwasher tablets can be used for a multitude of cleaning chores.
Dishwasher tablets can be purchased from Asda for £1.34 for a pack of 30, which works out as 4p per tablet. Other local supermarkets like Sainsbury’s sell them for £3 for a pack of 30 and at Tesco a pack of 40 retails at £4.
For those looking for a natural solution to whiten bed sheets, baking soda with white vinegar can be a great option.
Baking soda strengthens the detergent and also helps control and eliminate odour, while white vinegar has natural whitening capabilities and is an effective fabric softener. Half a cup of each can be added at the beginning of the wash cycle.
Alternatively, households can soak the sheets in baking soda, white vinegar and warm water prior to placing them in the washing machine.