Do you know how to clean yellowed pillowcases? There are many ways to do so; you will know how as you read along.
Have you been bothered why your “white-as-snow” pillowcases often become yellow? Who has not?
Worry no more because just the right formula of cleaning agents is the key to successfully clean yellowed pillowcases.
Pillows are one of the things that give comfort to human beings. They are a friend of an aching heart. They have been soaked with a lot of tears because of their owner’s brokenness.
Not just that! Most pillows have witnessed unique stories of two people becoming one.
In contrast, some pillows have felt the embrace of a person who longs to be hugged by someone through the night.
If that’s how precious and significant it is, would you consider it okay if your pillow is clothed with yellowed cases? If not, then this article is for you.
Methods To Clean Yellowed Pillow Cases
Maybe some of you have already been frustrated with trying to clean that yellowed pillowcase of yours.
Maybe some have already given up. Or maybe, some of you just can’t identify that your originally clean white pillowcase has already turned yellow.
Better check it out before it gets worse!
Luckily, this problem can be solved by following some easy methods. Once you do this, your time and effort will never be wasted.
At this point, we’ll look at some methods that will help you clean your yellowed pillowcases.
Here are the steps on how to clean yellowed pillowcases:
Step #1. Change pillowcases regularly
This method will not “clean” your pillowcases, but it will help retain their cleanliness.
Once you change your pillowcases regularly, you will indeed be deprived of aching eyes because of an obvious color change you may see.
As the old saying goes, “Prevention is better than cure.”
The yellowing of our pillowcases is a result of our nature. We are unsurprisingly sweating, even when we are asleep. Good ventilation may help prevent this from happening.
Also, as shaming as it seems, we often produce oil in our bodies – especially our hair.
No wonder we end up lying on a yellowish pillow. Even if we try all the means to stop this produce, it really can’t be helped.
If we let time pass as these stains sit on our pillowcases, then we will surely try harder to overcome them in the future.
So just a friendly suggestion; change your pillowcases at least once a week.
Pillowcases tend to become easily dirt infected more than mattresses.
Step #2. Knowing the right formula
As ingredients in cooking need to work well together for better flavor, so are cleansing agents to combat any stains on a piece of fabric.
If you have tried different detergents to make that yellowed pillowcase white and yet failed, that’s not the end for you.
Maybe you just have to follow the right formula.
The things that we need to achieve this are:
- ½ cup laundry detergent
- 1 cup dishwashing liquid
- ½ cup white vinegar (distilled)
- 1 cup baking soda
- Hot water
It’s quite obvious that these things can easily be found in markets. It may only take five minutes for you to finish shopping.
However, in this section, I’ll be sharing with you some humble suggestions.
Step #3. Choosing the right laundry detergent
Laundry detergents come in different forms. The most common that is offered by stores are liquid and powdered detergents.
Can you guess which one’s the best for our case?
If liquid laundry detergent is what’s in your mind, then you’re right! This is best for stains caused by grease and oil.
Just for your information, powdered detergent is better for the general wash.
However, if liquid detergent isn’t available, the right formula can also work with the powdered one.
Using distilled white vinegar
Probably you’ve heard that vinegar, along with lemon juice, is always mentioned when the topic is cleansing.
But, vinegar also comes in different kinds. It’s not just beneficial to our health but also a very helpful agent when it comes to cleaning.
Distilled white vinegar has the ability to soften the fabric and also kill unwanted pathogens.
Its appearance is colorless; thus, we can be secured that it will not add further stains to our pillowcase.
Also, its odor is much bearable compared to other kinds of vinegar.
Step #4. Making the right formula
After removing all your yellowed pillowcases from your pillows, hand washes it in plain lukewarm water.
Make sure to squeeze the majority of water that sipped within the fabric. This will serve as the retreat.
Set them aside.
Now, for the formula proper, half-fill a large-sized laundry tub with hot water. Mix all the remaining cleaning agents that are mentioned above.
If you are going to use powdered detergent, measure 1 cup and dissolve it through the mixture.
Step #5. Wash time!
Soak the pillowcases in the mixture. See to it that they are evenly sodden. Leave it for at least 30 minutes.
You may use your washing machine or your bare hands and brush to completely wash off that disturbing yellow for the next step.
If you’re not using a washing machine, you’ll do an effortful job, but a success guaranteed one. Yes, I recommend this one.
By doing this, you’ll rest assured that you have given the required force for a particular area.
It will also add a satisfactory point for your eyes because you will see the improvement as you brush or rub off the stain.
If you’ll go with the easier method – one using a washing machine – pour everything inside the machine.
Let it agitate for at least 20 minutes. If you still spot yellows, then agitate it again for 20 minutes.
Step #6. Rinsing
Well, I guess you already know how to rinse your laundry. However, I just want to remind you that it’s nicer to hug pillows with a fresh scent.
Yes, thank God we have not forgotten!
After rinsing off the bubbles, soak the pillowcases in an appropriate mixture of water mixed with your preferred fabric conditioner.
Now, you have not just been guaranteed clean pillowcases but also fragrant ones.
Step #7. Drying
You can always choose the easy way, right? Who wants to lessen the life span of your pillowcase. Yes, you’re right; laundry drier harms fabrics.
We will make some effort to hang our newly washed pillowcases under the heat of the sun – just a friendly suggestion.
That gigantic ball of gases can sanitize.
Drying our pillowcases under it may not just lengthen their lives but also make them germ-free.
At the end of this article, I hope you have learned how to clean yellowed pillowcases.
May you never be burdened with this problem again. Just remember the right formula.
It is an honor that you have reached this point. Your time and effort are much appreciated!