Yellow pillow: How to restore it to its original whiteness

Bleach an old pillow turned yellow, all haloed with perspiration and fat infiltrated through the cover into the cushion; is not complicated, if you know the right method. Your pillow is dirty, that’s no reason to buy a new one. Let’s see how to give him a facelift, or rather a stroke of white. A tip that also works to clean the feather pillows.

Old pillows, even if covered with a pillowcase, may turn yellow over time. Body fluids, such as perspiration and saliva, move from the pillowcase into the pillow, giving it a dull yellow color that is not only unpleasant but also unhealthy. The good news is that if you wash your pillows at least twice a year – and yes, even a down or feather pillow can be washed – you can keep them fresh and clean and as white as snow the longest possible if you use the correct washing method. To save your old yellow pillows, follow the guide …

Eliminate the yellow or brown traces, the mold of your old cushion (feather or cotton) and give it a bright white and “a great blow of cool”, it is possible with these tricks of grandmother!
Good news, the pillows can be machine washed, even if they contain feathers or down. But before that, we will soak them to remove the dirt to the maximum. If your pillow has a care label, read it and follow the instructions. If this is not the case, or if you removed the label, use lukewarm water and opt for the gentle cycle, then add an additional rinse cycle in cold water and rotate. When drying in a tumble dryer, use drying balls to loosen the agglomerated elements and give back to your pillow. Here below, the stain recipes to revive the yellowing pillows.

Washing methods that work to retrieve yellowed pillows
You will need :

1 cup powdered laundry detergent
1 cup of dishwasher powder detergent
1 cup of bleach (or alternative bleach)
1/2 cup of borax

How to proceed :

First, check the label of your pillow to make sure it is washable.
Most down and synthetic pillows can be washed safely!
Remove the pillowcase and pillow protector, if applicable.

1. Soaking
The first step in the cleaning process is to soak your pillows in hot water. This will give the cleaning ingredients a head start to dissolve those stubborn stains! (If you have a top-loading washing machine, you can soak the laundry directly in your washing machine.) For those who have front-loading washing machines, or if your washer is top loading but it does not have a soaking function, you can soak in a separate container or in your bathtub).

Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil on your stove. Mix the laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent and borax in boiling water and stir until the powdered ingredients dissolve. You can also pour the water into a bucket, then add the dry ingredients, if you do not want to mix the cleaning ingredients in a saucepan.

When the dry ingredients dissolve in the water, pour the water into the washer (or where you soak your pillows) with the bleach. Then let the pillows soak in the water for about 30 minutes. You should also return the pillows halfway through the soaking period to make sure they are completely saturated with water.

2. Washing
After soaking, put the pillows in your washing machine during a full wash cycle at the maximum temperature depending on the fabric of your pillow (look at the label). If possible select the dual flush option.

3. Drying
Finally, all you have to do is dry your pillows. If you have down pillows, put them in your dryer at the “down” or “air” position. Synthetic pillows can be dried on “soft”. Add some tennis balls or home-drying balls to the dryer to help inflate the pillows as they dry.

See what it looks like on old pillows. “Before and after!” The pillows went from filthy brown to brand new, and the difference was even more dramatic in real life. Try it for yourself, and see what you think!
You can wash cotton pillows, fiber pillows and feather-filled pillows, provided that the care label advises washing and not dry cleaning. Read the label to make sure that hot water is allowed; But before washing or putting feather pillows in the washer, check the seams of the pillow to make sure they are not torn. If you find a tear, sew by hand or sew the seam at the sewing machine.

Another method of washing your pillows
Fill the washer 1/3 with hot water; add 1 cup of detergent, 1/2 cup of borax, 1 cup of powdered dish detergent and 1 cup of a whitening agent or oxygen bleach if the care label recommends doing not use chlorine bleach.

Turn the machine to make sure the detergents are well mixed, then add the pillows making sure they are completely submerged and wet. Allow the tank to finish filling with water. In the middle of the wash cycle, manually flip the pillows to make sure they are clean.

After washing, pass the pillows through two rinse cycles. Use the air cycle to dry the pillows, as well as two tennis balls in clean socks attached to help them dry faster. For pillows that smell good, place them outside to dry or hang them on a clothesline, turning them as needed to make them completely dry in the sun.


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