It’s just a reality of life: over time, the natural oils from your body will seep into your pillow, but that does not change the fact that the discolored and yellowed pillows are not very attractive!
A few years ago, I was crying the state of my pillows and had accepted that I probably needed to go out and buy some new ones, but I looked for information online about washing pillows before throwing them in the trash.
During my research, I discovered the following process and decided to try it. The results were so impressive that I wanted to shout it from the rooftops!
That's what I'm doing today; I go to my virtual roof to share the secret of saving your old yellowed pillows. I know you’ll be as impressed with the results as I was!
To whiten your yellowed pillows, you will need:
- 1 cup powdered laundry detergent
- 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
- 1 cup bleach (or bleach alternative)
- 1/2 cup of Borax
Warning! First check the tag on your pillow to make sure it is washable. Most synthetic and down pillows can be washed safely.
The first step in the cleaning process is to soak your pillows in hot water. This will give the cleaning ingredients a head start on the dissolution of these stubborn stains! If you have a top-loading washing machine, you can soak in your washer. For those who have front-loading washers, or if your top loader does not have a soak function, you can soak it in a separate container or in your bathtub.
Start by bringing a large pot of water to a boil on your stove. Stir in laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent and borax into the boiling water and stir until the powdered ingredients dissolve. You can also pour the water into a bucket and then add the dry ingredients, if you do not wish to mix the cleaning ingredients in a pot.
Once the dry ingredients are dissolved in the water, pour it into the washing machine (or where you soak your pillows) along with the bleach. Then let the pillows soak in the water for about 30 minutes. You should also flip the pillows over about half way through the soak, to make sure they are completely saturated with water and product.
After soaking, put the pillows through a full wash cycle. Select an additional rinse, if possible.
Finally, all you have to do is dry your pillows. Synthetic pillows can be dried on low heat. If you have down pillows, put them in your dryer and use a very soft drying setting, with no hot air. Add a few tennis balls! Your pillows will be almost like new! Feel free to share and try this simple trick.