How to Remove Body Odor From Sheets

Body odor is a surprising beast that may show up in places you wouldn't expect, such as on the bed sheets. Sweat happens as we sleep or rest in bed, creating a funky, less-than-fresh smell in the sheets that may not come entirely by washing them with the usual methods. Remedy the situation with a vinegar soak and rinse to ensure the sheets come out clean and body odor free.


Place the smelly sheets in the washing machine. Select a soak cycle, filling the machine with the hottest water recommended on the care tag. Use enough water to cover the sheets. If the sheets take up the entire inside area of the washing machine, wash only one at a time -- the material needs room to move during the wash cycle in order to be cleaned.

Add one cup of white vinegar to the hot water, swishing it around a bit to mix it in. Allow the sheets to soak for at least 30 minutes.

Select the spin cycle to drain out the water, leaving the sheets inside. Choose the wash cycle and temperature recommended for the sheets, adding your favorite laundry detergent. Use the amount of detergent recommended on the detergent packaging.

Add one cup white vinegar to the washing machine as it fills for the final rinse cycle. Allow the sheets to finish the rinse cycle and remove them after the final spin cycle completes.

Place the sheets in the dryer and dry them completely using the setting recommended on the sheets' care tag. Do not add fabric softener or dryer sheets to the load. Remove the sheets once dry.