Sweat, saliva, cosmetic residues, greasy hair, spilled liquids … Suffice it to say that our pillows have rather restless nights. No wonder they get dirty so quickly and eventually become covered with unsightly yellow stains. Not to mention the unpleasant smells that appear as the days go by. How do you find the freshness and immaculate whiteness of your pretty pillows? Thanks to our natural methods that restore their purity and radiance. Learn it in this article!

Why do pillows often turn yellow?

Do you think you are responsible for the unsightly yellowing of your pillows, under the pretext that you do not clean them properly? No need to feel guilty, you are often there for nothing. It turns out that this phenomenon is completely natural: it usually comes from the sweat and saliva that we secrete during sleep. By putting his mouth on the pillow, he immediately absorbs the liquids and over time the fibers of the textile take on a yellowish color that is both dull and unsightly. And this, even if the pillow is supposed to be protected by the pillowcase. Sleeping with greasy or oily hair is another common cause of yellow stain formation. The same goes for poorly cleaned skin: makeup residue can wreak havoc on your pillows, too. But don’t worry, if you apply our remedies, their lost whiteness will be more vibrant than ever!

How to brighten yellowed pillows in the washing machine?

As we said before, it’s difficult to escape those yellow stains that insidiously settle on your pillows. And we admit you, the task is not so easy to get rid of them quickly. But there is a very efficient way to do it and without doubling your efforts. The solution of the day was discovered in social networks, more precisely on Instagram. It must be said that these platforms are sometimes very rewarding and full of great tips for daily use. We just took a look at the interesting method of the young Brazilian Carolina McCauley. Specializing in natural remedies, the influencer has more than 2.5 million followers, whom she often surprises with videos full of tips and tricks to simplify household chores. In one of her posts, the woman reveals her foolproof technique to effectively remove yellow stains on a pillow. Here are the steps you need to follow:

  • First, check the label on the pillow to make sure that it can be cleaned in the washing machine.
  • If so, do not overload the drum of the washing machine.
  • Pour half a cup of baking soda into the basket.
  • Then add a small amount of mild detergent and ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide to the liquid dispenser.
  • Add half a cup of white vinegar instead of the fabric softener. Please note: It is important to put it in a separate dispenser. Do not combine an acidic product with hydrogen peroxide.
  • To add a fragrant touch and mask the strong smell of vinegar, you can mix it with a few drops of eucalyptus or lavender essential oil.
  • Set a gentle program, for example, for wool fabrics.
  • Leave the door open after the wash cycle to properly ventilate the drum and avoid the harmful effects of moisture.
  • If you want to dry your pillows in the dryer, place a couple of dryer balls inside to prevent the pillow fabric from warping.

How do I clean a yellowed pillowcase?

Of course, the phenomenon of yellow stains doesn’t stop at your pillowcases. Are they not in the front line? But don’t worry, you can easily restore the white tone of your dirty pillowcases. There are several methods available to you for this purpose. For example, you can soak them in a solution of baking soda and vinegar (or bleach). It is also possible to wash them with a detergent that contains appropriate enzymes to remove yellow stains.

How to get rid of visible traces of sweat on the pillow?

Summer will soon show the tip of his nose. We will once again have to deal with the return of hot and “muggy” nights. Because yes, unless you turn on the air conditioner (which is hardly a good idea!), you can’t prevent sweating. During the summer heat, our immaculate pillows are put to the test and are inevitably covered in yellow stains caused by sweating. How do I remove sweat stains from my pillow? Here are 3 home remedies that you must use!

  • With lemon juice

Many people do not know it yet, but lemon is an excellent detergent with enormous whitening and brightening potential. To make your white pillow shine again and all yellow stains disappear, you can rely on it! Simply squeeze the juice of 5 lemons and pour it into a pot of lukewarm water. Then rub the mixture on your pillows and hang them to dry. If you like, you can also just apply lemon juice directly to the stains and let the pillows dry in the sun. They will be like new!

  • With white vinegar

White vinegar is indispensable in the kitchen and a true icon in the household sector. It is also appreciated for its bleaching, disinfecting and stain removing properties. It quickly removes yellow stains and restores your pillows to their original appearance. Ideally, it should be combined with lemon juice or baking soda. Soak the pillow in a bowl of boiling water and pour in the mixture. Let it soak for at least an hour and then machine wash it.

  • With baking soda

Finally, our last remedy emphasizes the remarkable cleansing and brightening effects of baking soda. This versatile powder will help brighten your pillows quickly. It’s easy to use mix it with water to create a homogeneous paste that you can apply directly to the stains. Gently rub it in and leave it for about 2 hours. After this time, remove the remains of the paste and shake your cushions well. Their whiteness is amazing!