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06 December 2006 @ 12:09 pm
Oily Pillowcases  
I have just discovered that my fiance is TOO OILY. As such, any pillow case he sleeps on does not come completely clean, it will just turn yellow over time. I wash the sheets in hot water and use Ultra Sunlight - sensitive skin formulation (as I happen to have sensitive skin).

I have not used bleach before as I am afraid of ruining my clothes.

Does any one have any tips to get this skin oil out of my pillow cases? Thanks!
the messiah is my sister: *gasp* Lilytiaralynn on December 6th, 2006 05:13 pm (UTC)
I have the same problem with my husband -- he's balding, so there's no hair to sop up the scalp oil! (yummmmmmmy....)

We use darker sheets and pillowcases, so luckily it's merely darkening and not gross discoloration for me. I just wash the pillowcases regularly and eventually have to get new ones. Thanks for asking this question -- I didn't even think to bring it up here.
Courtney: pic#51156332s0yl3ntgr33n on December 6th, 2006 06:07 pm (UTC)
Yeah I've only noticed it on white or beige pillow cases, and not just the discolouration but also they feel colder faster when pulled out of the dryer with the sheets. I just know there is buildup in them and it makes me feel a little blech.
Arrow In A Streamjabber on December 6th, 2006 05:14 pm (UTC)
Have him shower before bed.
Sarah Jewelsarahjewel on December 6th, 2006 06:02 pm (UTC)
That doesn't work for my husband. :/
Earth's Kisseiretamicha on December 6th, 2006 09:14 pm (UTC)
Mine either. :(
Arrow In A Streamjabber on December 7th, 2006 12:35 am (UTC)
Hmmm. Offer him a night-cap before bed?
tomkyn on December 6th, 2006 05:19 pm (UTC)
We have this issue as well. Both my fiance and I hate taking showers before bed. For him it's because he will take one in the morning no matter what, for me, I hate going to bed feeling wet, or having damp hair. Yuck! We're both morning shower people. Over time our pillows discolor a little. I've slowed it down by using a scoop of oxi-clean in the wash. But I obsessively buy new sheets and pillowcases every time I decide I want a new color so it's not really an issue. I like crisp linens and as soon as they start losing their crispness, I'm ready for new ones anyway.
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mubmubeimmik on December 6th, 2006 07:13 pm (UTC)
Biz is good stuff!!
nothingmuchnothingmuch on December 6th, 2006 05:24 pm (UTC)
Buy colored pillow-cases.
Molotov Cocktaildollpaper on December 6th, 2006 05:56 pm (UTC)
Get a new fiance =p
Courtney: pic#51156332s0yl3ntgr33n on December 6th, 2006 06:04 pm (UTC)
Haha, i was definitely thinking about it today...or making him sleep on the floor in a sleeping bag.
Molotov Cocktaildollpaper on December 6th, 2006 09:49 pm (UTC)
Go brooklyn grandma style and just cover all of your furniture in plastic, it'll preserve it!
Thalionar/Magpie/Irmgartthalionar on December 6th, 2006 05:25 pm (UTC)
bleach doesn't get out oil.

Try oxy clean (comes in an unscented formula now)

Or try scrubbing in a few drops of dishwashing liquid on the oily bits.

Also, what temp do you run your sheets through? Warmer is better at getting out oil.

Good luck!
nobodyeverybodynobodyeverybody on December 6th, 2006 05:33 pm (UTC)
I agree with the oxyclean. That stuff really works!
Courtneys0yl3ntgr33n on December 6th, 2006 06:00 pm (UTC)
Hi i'm not sure exactly what temperature it is, just the hot setting at the laundromat.

Thanks for the tip re bleach and oil. I would have tried it out of desperation cried miserably at my failed attempt.

Will try and get some oxiclean for the sheets!
thattgirllucydog on December 6th, 2006 05:43 pm (UTC)
spray some shout or other stain remover and rub it in before washing?
vegaenglitvegaenglit on December 6th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
also, change the pillow cases more often - at least once a week - that way dirt/oil doesnt have as much time to accumulate.
Amberelementalamber on December 6th, 2006 05:54 pm (UTC)
Definitely try oxiclean. It's the only thing that has worked for me. :)
Courtney: pic#51156332s0yl3ntgr33n on December 6th, 2006 06:01 pm (UTC)
Thanks, i'll definitely have to look into getting some.
alexishot on December 6th, 2006 07:51 pm (UTC)
I would buy some cheap pillowcases that are just for your fiance, that way you don't have to deal with yucky oily pillowcases and he doesn't ruin nice ones!
Zohrzockray on December 6th, 2006 08:25 pm (UTC)
I'm going to guess that he isn't too keen on wearing a night cap: Hahahah. Couldn't

At any rate, I found this online:

About Bleach Alternatives

The active ingredient in most household bleach is chlorine. Liquid bleaches such as Purex and Clorox contain approximately 5% sodium hypochlorite solution and can create a potentially lethal substance when mixed with other cleaners. For household disinfecting, the best alternative to bleach is borax. Borax, baking soda and lemon juice combine to form an excellent cleaner and disinfectant. For bleaching clothes, dry oxygen bleach work well, as does borax. Or try adding 1/2 cup of white vinegar to your laundry load. If these fail to do the job, try non-chlorinated bleach.
Heatherheathrow on December 6th, 2006 08:36 pm (UTC)
Does he wash his face before bed?
Courtney: pic#51156332s0yl3ntgr33n on December 7th, 2006 01:57 am (UTC)
he doesn't, i'll get him to try it, but he has excessively oily skin
mizdarkgirlmizdarkgirl on December 6th, 2006 11:01 pm (UTC)
You will need to pre-soak in warm water with treatment product 15 to 30 minutes. Launder in hot water. If it doesn't work soak in the pillowcases in OxyClean in a small bucket for 24hrs. Make a paste with it if necessary.

Also "Aerosol sprays are solvent based and especially effective on old or set oil stains." "Aerosol sprays—petroleum-based solvent brands: Clorox, Shout, Spray’n Wash."
from http://www.extension.iastate.edu/Publications/PM858.pdf

As a last resort, treat white items with a commercial color remover (sodium hydrosulfite). This reducing bleach must
be used carefully, as it easily fades colors in all fabrics.

or even

Else take a look here:

Top 10 Stain Removers for Laundry

Just remember, these products may also have dye in them so use clear ones when possible. (Like clear dish washing soap or Suave Natural Care Shampoo)
PoltzActrsspoltzactrss on December 12th, 2006 05:40 am (UTC)

I heard a while ago that people with oily skin should sleep on satin pillowcases. I believe the sating helps to keep their skin somewhat unoily or at least clean during the night. I don't know how the sating itself would react to this but it's worth a try.
You'll either end up with a clean boyfriend or a clean bedcase.
rabirelle on May 16th, 2015 04:19 am (UTC)
Anti-sweaty head pillow!
My husband is a bald sweaty head and wrecks all "his" designated pillowcases. I found this website as I was looking for a way to deal with these disgusting, wet, oily pillowcases. Last week, we were at a mattress store, and found the Technogel Deluxe Pillow. It was 170 bucks. Sounds ridiculous....but, NO MORE SWEATY HEAD! The gel remains cool to the touch, so it keeps him from sweating as he sleeps. And, I think not just his head. I think it manages to keep him cooler altogether while sleeping. He has been sleeping on a WHITE pillowcase for a week now, and its not brown....still white. No more wet pillows on our bed. This totally works. He also mentioned he slept better, not waking up sweaty. I think maybe the sweat causes the scalp oil to scrub off onto the cases. Anyway, best money we have spent all year.