How to get those yellow stains out of your pillows 113



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Yellowing of pillows is very common and is mainly caused by sweat and the type of fabric your pillowcase is made from.

And 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.

Will you try this? When was the last time you washed your pillows?

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  1. I use the quilted pillow protectors and wash them every so Often when needed, pillows are still like new

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  2. OR forget the bleach and soak pillows in Nappy San/ Saards/Vanish or half a cup of bicarb soda pre dissolved in hot water. Add white vinegar to rinse water rather than fabric softener to eliminate any odours and get rid of dust mite. Wwash on delicate setting. Personally I use pillow protectors and wash them once/month. If your pillows are as badly stained as the ones pictured then it is time for new ones.

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