How to Remove Yellow Sweat Stains from a Quilt

Pauline asked: How do I remove yellow perspiration stains? I have a quilt that is light cream in color. My husband pulls it up around his neck, and it is a yellowish color. I can’t get it out.

Whether your quilt is a family heirloom or the start of a new tradition, you’ll want to remove those stubborn yellow stains without damaging the color or the fabric. For delicates, it’s best to consult a dry cleaner. Machine washable fabrics should improve with the following method.

You Will Need:

  • OxiClean
  • Water
  • Toothbrush
  • White vinegar
  • Laundry detergent
  • Washing machine


Steps to Remove the Stain:

  1. Make a thick, wet paste of OxiClean and water.
  2. Apply it directly to the stain.
  3. Scrub gently with a toothbrush.
  4. Allow it to sit for several minutes. Do not allow the paste to dry.
  5. Scrub a second time with the toothbrush.
  6. Rinse well with clean water.
  7. If stains remain, pour white vinegar over the affected area.
  8. Wash in the machine with laundry detergent and OxiClean added to the load.
  9. If the stain remains after the cycle, do NOT put the quilt in the dryer. Instead, spray the stain with white vinegar and allow it to dry in the sun.
  10. Repeat as needed, or until no further improvements are visible.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • As an alternative to OxiClean, you can try making a paste with baking soda.
  • For stubborn stains, try soaking the whole quilt overnight in an OxiClean solution.
  • Always spot test new cleaning methods in a hidden area.


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