Using a personal lubricant during sex is a fact of life. In fact, it’s highly recommended for all couples to avoid the discomfort that comes with dryness and make naughty times a lot more fun. However, using lube does come with a few downsides, and one of them is staining the sheets.
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This is a huge problem whether you’re a homeowner who has stained your own sheets or a bed-and-breakfast owner/Airbnb host whose guests soiled your bedlinen.
Fortunately, there are several things you can use to remove the lube-caused stains and make your sheets look like new. We’ve listed some of them below:
For Water-Based Lube
Stains that are caused by water-based lube are easy to remove when you use the following:
- Dish soap and laundry detergent — Create a mixture that’s one-half dish soap and one-half laundry detergent. Apply the mixture liberally on the stained area and let it sit for several hours to allow the soap and detergent to do their job. Make sure to use clear, dye-free products; colored soaps and detergents can create new stains on your sheets.
- Salt and vinegar — These condiments are great on fries and other food, but they’re also a power team when it comes to removing stains. Simply soak the stain with vinegar, rub rock salt on the edges, then wash the sheets using hot water and your favorite detergent.
- Hydrogen peroxide — This can help remove lube stains from your sheets while disinfecting them, which is important particularly if the stains also include body fluids. Apply a generous amount of hydrogen peroxide on the stained area until bubbles no longer appear.
For Silicone-Based Lube
Silicone-based lube is the lubricant of choice for many people since it doesn’t dry easily and keeps things slick for a long time. The only problem is that this type of lube is difficult to remove when it stains fabrics. If you get silicone-based lubricant on your sheets, give the following a try:
- Sex toy cleaners — These products won’t make your sheets look brand-new, but you can use them to pre-treat the stains and make them easier to remove. Many sex toy cleaners have antimicrobial properties, so they can help disinfect your sheets even before you put them in the washer.
- Dishwashing detergent — Some people swear by Dawn dishwashing liquid (the original product in blue), while others use Cascade dishwashing detergent. You can give either product a try; simply dilute it in hot water then soak the sheets in the solution for a few hours.
- Degreasers — Products like De-Solv-It cut through grease (like what silicone-based lube leaves behind) and make it easier to remove. Use degreasers as a pre-treatment before washing your sheets.
Give these products a try and see which one can remove the lube stains from your sheets. For best results, rub the product of your choice onto the fabric using a soft toothbrush; this way, the stained area gets saturated with the product and is easier to clean.
Another tip: don’t put the stained sheets in the dryer if they’re not 100 percent stain-free. The heat from the dryer will set the stain into the fabric and make it impossible to remove.