The effective method to clean yellowed pillows and make them white again

by Mark Bennett

July 10, 2023

The effective method to clean yellowed pillows and make them white again

Over time and with use, bed linen naturally tends to turn yellow. Our pillows, in particular, accumulate numerous yellow stains over time, mainly caused by use, by the deposit of sweat, body and hair residue and by the infrequent replacement of the pillowcases.

So what can you do when you discover that your pillows are stained and yellowing? Before replacing them, wash them using a very effective method. And natural remedies can help us with this sanitizing and cleaning chore. A few simple tips are enough to make your pillows white again, even if hand or machine-washed.

We suggest below an effective method to make even the most yellowed pillows white again:



First of all, make sure the pillows can be washed in the washing machine: consult the attached laundry information label.

Before proceeding with the washing, soak the pillows in hot water to which you will have added one of the following ingredients:

  • vinegar and bicarbonate: mix 90 g of bicarbonate with 125 ml of vinegar in hot water (per pillow) and leave the pillows to soak for a few hours;
  • lemon juice: another highly effective stain remover product, mix the juice of 6 lemons with hot water and leave your pillows to soak in this for a few hours before washing;
  • tea tree oil and bicarbonate: for a greater sanitizing effect you can add 100 g of bicarbonate and 1 tablespoon of tea tree essential oil to hot water.
  • hydrogen peroxide and lemon: finally, a 10-volume hydrogen peroxide is an excellent whitener for your pillows; mix 250 ml with lemon juice in hot water and leave the pillows to soak until it is time to wash them.

For pillows that can be washed in the washing machine, set a short, low-temperature cycle with a low spin-dry speed.

For hand washing, after soaking, rub the pillows with a neutral soap and rinse them out thoroughly with hot water.

In both cases, let your pillows air dry, spread out on a horizontal surface and make sure they are completely dry before storing them.

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