Even if you change the pillowcase once a week, the pillow surface remains the same. As time passes, the pillow gets a yellowish shade and it can easily get stained with saliva, sweat and body oil, not to mention that bad odor coming from it.
Anyhow, washing it only with laundry detergent, the results will be: the same stained and yellow pillow, because the sweat and body oil is well impregnated in the fabric. Using a strong laundry detergent may ruin your pillows, especially if they are made of natural feathers.
However, there is a homemade solution, especially designed for pillow whitening, that easily removes sweat and body oil stains.
What do you need?
- hot water
- a cup of laundry detergent
- a cup of dishwashing detergent
- a cup of bleach
- a cup of borax
How to proceed?
For pillows made of natural feathers:
Add all the above ingredients in a big basin and soak your pillows in it for 2 hours. Remove the pillows, squeeze them slowly to get rid of the excess water and let them dry in fresh air. It’s advisable to do this in the summertime, leaving the pillows to dry outside.
For synthetic pillows:
These pillows can be easily washed in the washer. Just add the above ingredients in the washer along with the pillows and start a normal washing cycle. You’ll be surprised how the stains and yellowish spots are gone from your white pillows.
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