How to Whiten Yellow-Stained Pillows
When you see how disgusting those pillows look, you might be tempted to ditch them and buy new ones. But if you're wondering how to whiten yellow stained pillows, it can be done very simply using a few common household products.
No matter how good your pillow protectors are, sooner or later you’re going to find yellow stains on your pillows. However careful we are about our personal hygiene, sweat (and yes, sometimes saliva!) inevitably ends up soaking through onto the pillow. And that’s before we’ve even mentioned dust mites, skin cells and potential bed bugs.
When you see how disgusting those pillows look, you might be tempted to ditch them and buy new ones. But that doesn’t have to be your only option. If you’re wondering how to whiten the yellow stains on your pillows, it can be done very simply using a few common household products.
Everything You Need
- 1 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent
- 1 cup of laundry detergent
- 1 cup of bleach
- 1/2 cup of borax
How To Whiten Pillows
Fill your washing machine with very hot water until it’s about one-third full—check the wash label to find the maximum safe temperature for your pillows. Then add the cleaning ingredients and switch the machine on, letting it agitate for a little until everything is mixed well.
Put your pillows in with the water and cleaning ingredients. It’s a good idea to do two pillows together so the drum in your washing machine is well-balanced. Allow the pillows to soak well, for about 30 minutes, turning them over if necessary to let the cleaning agent reach the whole pillow.
Then continue filling the machine with hot water. Once it’s filled, set it to run on a complete wash that includes two rinse cycles—if you don’t have a wash setting with two rinses, then set a second manual rinse afterward.
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How To Dry Pillows
You can let your pillows dry naturally in the sun or put them in a tumble drier to speed things up. Feather and down pillows must be dried on an air cycle, while synthetic ones can only be dried on a low-temperature setting. Adding a couple of clean tennis balls or wool dryer balls will keep your pillows fluffy.
Dirt and stains can build up again quite quickly, so to keep your pillows in optimum condition, clean them every three months or so.