Crafts & DIY
Clean Yellow Pillows Once And For All
This works like a charm!
Jonathan Maes
11.20.17

We all know that pillows tend to get dirty as natural body oils make their way towards the surface. The result after a few months of use is a discolored, yellowed pillow that just doesn’t look quite clean – even if you wash it often.

According to a study reported by CNN, you should wash bed pillows two to four times in a year, preferably even once every three months. Even if you wash your pillows thoroughly and often, the yellow color is pretty hard to remove – until now. Blogger Jillee from One Good Thing shared an excellent tip on how to remove the common yellowish tint.

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In other words, if you’ve got a few yellow pillows on your bed, don’t get rid of them just yet. There’s no need to replace them, just follow the process below.

Preparation

First of all, it’s very important to check if your pillows are washable. This is the case for most down and synthetic pillows, but it doesn’t hurt to check just to make sure. Also, remove pillowcases and protectors.

Next, you want to soak your pillows in hot water so that our whitening mix will be able to react better to the stains. You can soak the pillows in your washer with a soak function, but a bathtub will do the trick as well.

Create the whitening mix

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In order to get the yellow tint out of the pillows, we’re going to be mixing a homemade whitening mix that will do absolute wonders. Take a large pot of water, put it on the stove and wait until it boils. Add 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent and half a cup of borax. Wait until all of the ingredients have dissolved into the water and add the bleach.

Let the mix do the rest

Pour the whitening mix into the washer or the bathtub and let the pillows soak for about fifteen minutes. After these fifteen minutes, flip the pillows to make sure that the mix covers the entire surface and let it soak for another fifteen minutes.

Wash and dry

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The next step is fairly straightforward. Let the pillows wash for a full cycle in the washing machine as you normally would. After a full cycle, dry the pillows in the dryer by putting it on a soft “fluff” or “air” setting. A good tip is to add a few tennis balls in the dryer to give the pillows a bit of extra fluff.

When you’re done, you’ll instantly notice that the whitening mix does a very impressive job at removing the ugly yellow tints. A perfect method to rescue your old yellowed pillows!

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By Jonathan Maes
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Jonathan Maes is a contributing writer at Shareably. He is based out of Belgium and can be reached at hi@shareably.net.
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