How to Wash & Whiten Yellowed Pillows

Spring cleaning unearths some pretty dirty messes at home that are easy to put off. One of the easiest to fix? Dingy, yellowed pillows. According to Martha Stewart, pillows don't need to be thrown out when they start to yellow - they can (and should!) be washed twice a year. Thanks Martha for saving us some cash!

Ok, now we move on to HOW do you wash those pillows, and make them look brand spanking new? One of our favorite bloggers, One Good Thing By Jillee, takes us step by step through her recommendations on knocking out those stains for good.

But how do those stains happen? According to Jillee, "One of the most common reasons why pillows can turn yellow is sweat. Even when you’re sleeping your body continues to sweat to keep your body at a comfortable temperature. Depending on the type of fabric your pillowcase is made from, sweat can seep through the fabric. As the sweat dries, it can leave a yellow stain on the pillow. Even if you use pillow COVERS underneath your pillow CASES, the yellowing can still occur." Gross. 

Let's get those bad boys clean!

Step #1: Check the care label to confirm that your pillow (down or synthetic) can be machine washed – most can be.

Step #2: Remove the pillow case and any pillow protector

Step #3: Set the washing machine on the HOT cycle and add your pillows to the washer. 

Step #4: Add a Dropps Detergent Pac and start the machine. We recommend tossing in a Dropps Oxi Booster Pac for an extra powerful stain & odor fighting punch plus whitening & brightening. 

Really, they can look this good!

Whiten yellowed pillows

Photo credit: One Good Thing by Jillee