Getting the yellow stains out of your pillows has never been easier

Over time your pillows can develop a dirty yellow staining on them, from sweat and dead skin. Depending on the

Over time your pillows can develop a dirty yellow staining on them, from sweat and dead skin.

Depending on the fabric of your pillow, the staining can become quite severe over an extended period of time.

Even if you have pillow covers underneath your pillow cases, you may have noticed the yellowing can still occur. Many people simply toss the pillow and buy a new one when this occurs however, there is a solution. It’ll work like a charm!

What you need:

  • HOT water
  • 1 cup laundry detergent
  • 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
  • 1/2 cup bleach

Before washing check the care label on the pillow to confirm it can machine washed.



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  • Start the machine and make sure all the detergent dissolves before adding the pillows (top loading washing machine). For a front loading machine, fill a tub with the mixture and do the soaking there before transferring to washing machine.
  • Once dissolved, add the pillows and allow the washer to fill the rest of the way with hot water.
  • Agitate the pillows for several minutes; turn pillows over to make sure the top of the pillow get the full effect.
  • Put machine on a second rinse cycle or just run through twice.


  • Down/feather pillows: use low key setting. Place couple of tennis balls in clean socks to help fluff the pillows as they tumble dry. Or simply set pillows outside in the sun to dry.

When was the last time you washed your pillows? How do you get your pillows white again?

  1. Disey  

    I take the covers off all of my pillows as they start to yellow, drop them in a bucket of water and liquid bleach then wash them, put them back over the pillow filling and sew the short edge up in a bright colour in a long over and over stitch and this works for me – not hard to do.

  2. Tina  

    I wash mine if weather permits once a month. Nice and fresh. Got two sets so one in the wash and one on the bed. Went on holiday to Europe, spotless place until I looked in the pillow slip. I flagged, it was covered in mould and other unmentionables. Now I make sure I can fold a thin pillow in my travel bag and just fold it to get some height.

  3. Rob  

    well fun fun fun washed my duck filled pillows today & have spent 1hr staining duck feathers out of my machine ,

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