It seems that no matter how many times we change our pillow cases the pillows themselves find a way to turn a cringe-worthy yellow. Your pillow gets this way because you use it every night, and every night it soaks up your body’s oils, sweat and probably even some drool, too.
While it’s easy to just throw a pillow case over it and forget it’s there, that’s not always the best solution. Over time, your pillow can become smelly and even harbor germs. Luckily, cleaning your pillow is a whole lot simpler than you realize. Below, we’ve listed the best solutions to cleaning your stained pillows — even those hard-to-clean microfiber, down and memory foam ones
1. Regular pillows
Blogger Jillee swears by this concoction, saying it will whiten your yellow and oily pillows up quickly and easily.
Here’s what you’ll need:
1 cup powdered laundry detergent
1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
1 cup bleach (or bleach alternative)
1/2 cup borax
First, soak your pillow in warm water for 30 minutes before adding the ingredients above, along with more hot water, to create a cleaning solution. Let your pillow soak in that for another 30 minutes. Then wash your pillow like normal in the machine and the stains will be gone.
2. Pillows that need extra care
If you have a pillow that can’t be thrown into the washing machine, like a down pillow, this is the solution you’re going to want to try. On the next sunny day lay your pillow out in the sun to lighten it, then add bleach or vinegar with a small toothbrush on the yellow spots. You can also apply baking soda to soak up any wetness and smells.
3. Microfiber and memory foam pillows
Another washing machine alternative is to just let your pillow soak. If you have a microfiber or memory foam pillow this is the best option for you. All you have to do is place your pillow in a bucket with warm water and detergent or your own solution (like the one listed above).
After it has soaked for about 30 minutes you need to wring the pillow out about 3-7 times. Then, place it back in the sun to dry and watch it turn back to a beautiful, good-as-new white.
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