When your pillows become yellowish after using them for a long period of time, this is a common thing. It is obvious that you’re interested to find out why your pillows get yellowish. Sweating is one of the most common causes that lead to their yellowing. Even if you’re sleeping, your body is sweating because it has to be kept at a comfortable temperature. Sweat gets sipped through the fabric and how much it gets sipped mostly depends on the fabric of your pillowcase. When sweat dries, it leaves yellow stains on your pillow.
When your pillows get yellowish, the first thing that you’re thinking of is to throw them out of the house – and it’s natural to think like that. You simply believe that yellow pillows are ugly and you would rather buy a new one. But did you know that you actually have some solutions that make your pillows look white again? You don’t have to throw away the pillows, especially if they are still perfectly good to sleep on and keep in mind that you’ve spent a lot of money when you bought them! More and more people out there recommend that you wash your pillows at least twice a year. If you didn’t know this so far, you are not the only one. Start doing this and follow the upcoming cleaning tips to make your pillows white again!
Always check the care instructions before washing your pillow, whether synthetic or down. The care instructions should always be followed if available. If unavailable, follow the directions below.
To keep your washing machine balanced, it is best to wash 2 pillows at a time. Place them in the washer on their side horizontally if you have a top loader.
You may need to wash your pillows more than once if they are very stained. Make sure to remove the pillow cases and pillow covers before washing.
You can wash your pillows in hot water with chlorine bleach and your regular detergent. Run hot water in a nearby sink until it turns very hot before starting the washer. If you start a hot water load without doing this, the water entering the washer will initially be cold, then become hot water, so you will end up with warm water instead of the hot water you need. You can even add boiling water to the washer if you desire extra hot water. After the washer has agitated for about 5 minutes, stop the wash cycle for about an hour or two and let everything soak. Make sure to use an extra rinse cycle when using bleach to ensure the bleach is completely rinsed out. You can even wash your pillows in just bleach then wash them a second time using your normal detergent.
Borax has been used for over 100 years as a detergent booster. Use 1/2 cup of borax to your laundry to aid your regular detergent in cleaning and odor removal. You can use borax with the bleach method above.
Powdered Dishwasher Soap
You can add 1 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent to the washer in addition to bleach, detergent, and borax. All 4 cleaners working together should get your pillows ultra white.
Dry your pillows in the dryer, but add dryer balls or new tennis balls to the dryer to fluff the pillows as they dry. Do not dry foam pillows in the dryer, hang them to dry instead.