In the age of social media, even the most ordinary things can spark extraordinary discussions. Case in point: the recent heated debate surrounding a man’s heartfelt tribute to his beloved “Yellow Pillow”.
The man in question, Cam, took to Twitter recently with an image revealing a startling transformation: what was once a pristine white pillow had undergone an unappealing metamorphosis, with its hue now marred by unsightly stains from perspiration, saliva, and bodily oils.
“Gf is mad at me because I have revealed to her The Yellow Pillow. Fellas, i’m sure you all know that this thing is magic,” he wrote alongside the image.
“It’s not my fault the pillow is yellow and bestows upon me the most peaceful slumber..”
Gf is mad at me because I have revealed to her The Yellow Pillow. Fellas, i’m sure you all know that this thing is magic pic.twitter.com/OYWmfs4TLO
— cam (@largemotorcycle) October 21, 2023
What might seem like a mundane subject took the internet by storm as users passionately aligned themselves either for or against the “yellow pillow”.
Supporters lauded it as a symbol of enduring comfort, offering them the “best sleep ever”.
Part of being a man is using the same pillow since the age of 10 and never washing it
— Rock solid (@ShitpostRock) October 22, 2023
Best sleep ever using this sweat soaked abomination.
— Dollar General Wyatt Earp (@helveticagothic) October 21, 2023
I got rid of my yellow pillows maybe a year ago and I legit haven’t rested comfortably since
— J Sharp (@JacobT_Sharp) October 21, 2023
That one’s just getting broken in
— my life is a living hell. every minute is torture (@on_da_spectrum) October 21, 2023
Stuff of dreams mate. Wife found mine and we’ve got new pillows now
— Will (@lfc_arrow) October 22, 2023
While a dedicated group fervently supported the yellow pillow, just as many stood in opposition to letting a pillow end up in such a state.
did you know you can machine wash pillows
— diagenetic vic (@FEARMYFEMUR) October 21, 2023
what the fuck that’s enough twitter for today
— Kunal Gupta (self/acc) (@djkgamc) October 22, 2023
Disgusting lmao you should buy them cheap on sale and just throw away or wash as needed
— Patrick J (@citysboy) October 22, 2023
Put a cover on it!
— Amy Rose | 6 weeks (@cottagec0re_) October 22, 2023
my boyfriend has two. i’ve tried everything. he won’t get rid of them
— jack-o-lantern ? (@jacklilassassin) October 21, 2023
While many may celebrate the comfort of a “yellow pillow” it could be a breeding ground for bacteria, fungi, allergens, and dust mites.
Not only can these allergens trigger respiratory problems, but they can also cause unsightly stains on your pillows.
When it comes to keeping your pillows fresh and clean, prevention is better than cure with Domestic service entrepreneur and founder and CEO of Hygea, Lily Li suggesting washing out “hair product, dry your hair, remove makeup or any face cream before you go to bed”.
For a little added protection Li suggests adding “a pillow protector over your pillow before you put it into a pillowcase”.
“This gives a layer of protection between the pillowcases and pillows. Buy pillows that are made from fluid-preventing fabric. They are designed against sweat and spills,” she says.
If you’ve left it too late and yellow stains have taken hold of your pillows there is still hope. Li suggests “using a stain removal spray or a paste of baking soda water before you put the pillow into the washing machine” for smaller stains. If the stains are proving to be a little too stubborn “use a combination of detergent mixed with soap. Keep in mind that you need to read the instructions on the care label to avoid any damage to your pillows”.
“It is very hard to remove yellow stains if they have been there for a long time. So, the best way to remove yellow stains is to prevent them from the beginning. Remember to fully wash your pillows at least twice a year, it will help reduce the number of yellow stains that appear on your pillows,” she says.
Fantastic Cleaners’ cleaning expert Dean Davies suggests a combination of “laundry detergent, washing soda, dish detergent and vinegar in a small container” to get pillows back to as good as new.
“Put the pillow in the washing machine and add the cleaning solution afterwards. Keep in mind that a second wash cycle is required because the cleaner is thick and sticks on the pillow surface,” says Davies.