Get Stinky Body Odor Smells Out Of Your Sheets With A Handy Home Essential

It's unpleasant when it's time to go to bed and you're confronted with a funky odor. If your sheets do, on occasion, stink, we'd ask you not to get defensive about what this potentially says about you — the mere act of being human and sleeping straight through the night means that perspiration, natural oils from your skin, bacteria from said skin, and environmental dust and debris in your hair are depositing themselves all over your sheets. Sometimes, detergent in a regular wash cycle isn't enough for a thorough de-stinking; the detergent scent just masks odors but doesn't lift them. 

But the fix is in! The handy home essential you probably have in your kitchen that can get body odor out of your sheets is distilled white vinegar: the one vinegar that's most ideal for cleaning, and a miracle product that you can put to use all around your house. The acetic acid in distilled white vinegar is antibacterial — it kills the stuff, and that's why it's so handy for multiple cleaning projects. It just takes an extra step to soak your sheets in it.

How to get that musty body odor out of your sheets

Do this hack before you throw the sheets in the washing machine. Grab your white vinegar and your sheets, and you'll also need hot water and dishwashing liquid. Probably the best way to accomplish this hack is to use your bathtub, but if you don't have a tub, a large bucket will do.

Put your sheets in the tub. You don't have to fill the entire tub with hot water, but do cover the sheets. Drop in one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid and a cup of white vinegar as the water's running, and mix it around. Use a broom or mop handle to agitate if the water is too hot. Let the sheets sit for a minimum of 30 minutes, but 60 is better, and overnight is best. If you arrange for everyone to have taken a shower first, then this hack won't have to interrupt anyone's daily routines. Wring the excess water out of your sheets then put them in your washing machine. Substitute a half-cup of baking soda for laundry detergent to further deodorize, then dry. Your mission is complete and your sheets are delightfully fresh.