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Healthy Tips for Removing Stains from Organic Cotton Sheets

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We love to sleep in a supercozy natural bed. Quality sheets are one of the best bedding investments you can make—but accidents happen, and if a stain of some kind gets on the sheet it can be detrimental. Luckily, there are many possible solutions for stain removal without chemical additives.

Act Fast

Keep in mind that it’s easier to get a stain out if you start soon after it happens. Older stains are much harder to remove than new stains, and if you start soon after the accident happens you’ll have a much easier time removing the mark it left.

Get Grease Out

One possible solution is to spray the stain down with a mixture of water and distilled white vinegar before you begin. This will work particularly well on oily stains, such as those caused by sweat. Then soak the sheets in hot water and wash with quality detergent such as the plant derived laundry detergent from Caldrea. I am obsessed with Rosewater Driftwood.

Battle Blood

Blood stains happen and when they do, a simple all-natural soap and water mix will do the trick—flush cool water through the stain, scrub gently with soap, and repeat. I recommend Dr. Bronner’s. You might have to do this several times in order to fully remove the stain. Be sure that you do not run a sheet stained with blood through a hot wash cycle or put in in the dryer until you’ve removed the stain. The heat can cause the stain to set and become permanent.

Caldrea Sweet Pea Stain Remover is another alternative as it is highly effective against all types of organic stains. Simply apply product to stain and allow to rest for 3-10 minutes.

Whiten Naturally

Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a safe, pre-treater for stains and works just as well as bleach. EWG gave Clorox Bleach an F due to it’s toxic ingredients.

Just soak the stain for a little while in hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness.

Buy Smart

Organic cotton sheets are less likely to stain or change color, ensuring that your bedding will feel clean and look great.

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Lindsay has spent her career at the intersection of media and social change. In her role at Eco-Chick, Lindsay has established partnerships and campaigns with some of the world’s most-recognized companies committed to sustainability and CSR. She co-created the popular interview series “Heroines for the Planet” that features groundbreaking women who share courage and a deep passion for protecting people and the Earth. Lindsay is the Marketing and Sustainability Manager at Health-Ade Kombucha and previously served as Director of Communications at the social enterprise CBS EcoMedia. There she directed corporate advertising dollars to the nation’s most effective non-profits tackling urgent social issues in local communities and was awarded CBS Corporation’s prestigious Share-the-Vision award. She has written for Whole Living Magazine, Edible, Cottages & Gardens, From The Grapevine, EarthHour.org, Eco-Age.com, and for environmentalists Laura Turner Seydel and Susan Rockefeller. Lindsay holds a BS in Global Business Studies and Marketing from Manhattan College, and received the 2012 Honors Award at Columbia University Graduate School of Journalism.