My Husband - Chicago,IL

Updated on August 12, 2010
C.C. asks from Chicago, IL
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This is something I cant figure out. My husband bathes daily, he doesnt wear body lotions or colognes, no hair gels and does not sweat in excess yet where he sleeps ( pillow cases and sheets on his side) have a sort of film or stain on them in the shape of his body. I guess its body oil. How do I get rid of it on the sheets? Doesn this happen to anyone else? My side does not have any of this yet I do use lotions, gel etc. and my side is clean. Is this normal? Ive had to throw away sheets becasue the stains dont come out even if I wash them every couple days. Could he have a medical condition?

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A.B.

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My hubs shaves his head and the pillow often gets an oil stain from his head, and he showewrs before bed. It's annoying as I go through pillow cases like tissues, but it is what it is.

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M.B.

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I am not sure what it could be caused from, but a little Pamolive on the sheets before washing can help get the oil out. If anything of my son's (or mine!) gets stained with tomato sauce or other oily stuff, I pour some dish soap on it, roll it up into a ball, and wash it after a day or so. Sheets are a lot bigger, but it could still work!

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A.G.

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my husbands head does this, i can always tell which pillow is his because it smells like "hair" (is the best way i can describe it), my husband showers 2 or three times a day, i think men are just naturally oilier.Ive noticed hydrogen peroxide in the wash can take away oily residues

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C.B.

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LOL, It is nice to know I am not the only person who suffers from this ability to stain the sheets. I even have a strange effect on some dyes. Sorry no bright answers but I was told by my doc that I just am the way I am. Nothing to change it.

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L.M.

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I'm sure it just body oil and sweat, and not any type of medical condition. I agree with Anna Lee, it is what it is. You could try pre-soaking the sheets.

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R.J.

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This is why, even though we have deep plum comforters... I use white sheets only. Bleach, glorious, bleach.

Showering before bed will also help, but not alleviate the problem. My husband & I BOTH sweat a lot/ have oily skin. Sheets get washed once a week, period. BUT when my husband was drinking, oy vey. UNGODLY. I'd make him shower before bed and then I'd also have to wash the sheets in the morning. The smell / skin excretions were just intolerable. He metabolizes ALL things quickly (effecient liver), and sweats them right out. Which is healthy, physically speaking, but a pain in the tucus cleaning wise.

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A.B.

answers from New York on

My hubs shaves his head and the pillow often gets an oil stain from his head, and he showewrs before bed. It's annoying as I go through pillow cases like tissues, but it is what it is.

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J.P.

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I haven't noticed it so much on the sheets, but my husband's pillow turns kinda yellow. I figure that the pillow case is over it, so it doesn't show. Can the stain be seen when the bed is made? Does it bother your husband? Does it smell? If not, why get rid of the sheets?

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A.N.

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haha, that is so funny, because my husbands side of the bed is the same. He is bald and he gets this awful stain on his pillow and our comforter on his side gets darker, I also assumed it was from body oil. I just make sure to change and wash the sheets more often and have the comforter cleaned every few weeks. Mine is clean and no problems. They must just have more body oil that comes through. You are not alone.

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B.B.

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My sister has complained about this often! Her hubby is an auto mechanic so he is dealing with a lot of oils every day... He showers after and before work and still they get the stains...

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V.M.

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my husband does this too. i just assumed he sweats when he sleeps,

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Y.N.

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My Husband has the same problem and I resulted to burgundy sheets lol, but I found that the Tide Stain product actually works on my husbands bed spot! Not trying to advertise any particular product but hey it works.

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S.S.

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Do you talk to -is his mother alive or around? maybe she would know what to do. I am sure he hasn't changed much.

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M.P.

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My daughter also has this complaint about her husband. If you don't wash your sheets in hot water you could try doing that. Also, perhaps presoak them with an enzyme laundry product. Even putting some in the wash without presoaking may help. I've had good luck with Oxy-clean getting clothes cleaner than without it. But I don't think it works on oily stains. For the smaller stains, I pour detergent on the stain instead of putting all of the detergent in the dispenser and that usually works.

Over the years, I've discovered the cotton/poly blends stain from oils more readily than 100% cotton. I've had difficulty knowing when the %100 cotton sheets will also go thru the wash and be smooth. my last two pairs come out of the dryer quite wrinkled and I don't like that.

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