The infamous yellow pillow…[dun dun daa] a problem that’s been bothering me for quite some time now. I suppose it’s sort of embarrassing, but then again, I’m pretty sure 90% of the world has the same problem. The yellowing of pillows, pillow cases and even bed sheets seems inevitable, even if you wash them regularly. This is due to the fact that we spend a good chunk of time in our beds, where we tend to sweat – which releases acids & salts that cause yellowing…sounds gross, I know. You could throw out these discolored pillows & bedding (which I’ve contemplated many times), but I could never bring myself to part with my favorite fluffy pillows. Instead, I set out to find a solution! After experimenting with many different ingredients & combinations, I found an amazing solution for cleaning yellow pillows & bedding! Our favorite pillows, which have yellowed over the past few years, look shockingly white again, see for yourself in the before & after photo! So, without further ado, here it is…
How to Clean & Whiten Yellow Pillows [A DIY Solution]
My first inclination when mixing up my yellow pillow solution was to add bleach. It whitens everything, right? WRONG. Surprisingly, I found that although bleach may work on some types of stains, the chlorine in bleach can actually CAUSE linens to yellow & even make existing discoloration (from sweat) appear worse! Not to mention the fact that bleach can leave linens smelling sort of funky…
So it was with a little insight from past cleaning solutions, along with lots of research (we found some great info on ehow) that I found this shocking yellow pillow solution!
How to Clean & Whiten Yellow Pillows [DIY Solution]
- 1 cup dishwasher detergent (I used Cascade)
- 3/4 cup Arm & Hammer Super Washing Soda
- 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
- 3 tbsp. laundry detergent (for HE washers)
- 3 cups HOT water
Mix ingredients together in a large container, make sure water is HOT!
Pour solution into your washer’s tub, then put pillows in. Run a very hot (or sanitize, if you have it) cycle.
Once the cycle is complete, place the pillows in the dryer on air dry (or with a dryer ball) to keep pillows nice and fluffy.
That’s it! Enjoy your fresh white pillows & notice how much fluffier they are too!
PS. I used the same solution to clean my pillow cases and white bed sheets too :^)
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