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How to Wash Pillows and Make Them White Again

When was the last time you washed your bed pillows?  If it has been more than 6 months, your pillows are overdue for a washing. 

Since most people sweat while sleeping, pillows and pillow cases can turn yellow just like under shirts. 

In order to get your bed pillows back to white, try the following solutions:

 

How to Wash Pillows at Home and Make Them White Again Instead of Buying NewCare Instructions
Always check the care instructions on your pillow before washing it, whether it is synthetic or down.  The care instructions should always be followed if available.  If unavailable, follow the directions below.

 

Two at a Time
To keep your standard top loading washing machine balanced, it is best to wash 2 pillows at a time.  Place them in the washer on their side horizontally.

 

Cleaner Options
If your pillows are still not white after washing thems using your usual detergent and method, here are a few options for cleaners to use.  You may need to wash your pillows multiple times if they are very stained.  Make sure to remove the pillow cases and pillow covers before washing.

Chlorine Bleach
You can wash your pillows in hot water with chlorine bleach and your regular detergent. Run hot water in a nearby sink until it turns very hot before starting the washer.  If you start a hot water load without doing this, the water entering the washer will initially be cold, then become hot water, so you will end up with warm water instead of the hot water you need.  You can even boil water in a kettle on your stove and add that boiling water to the washer if you desire extra hot water.  After the washer has agitated for about 5 minutes, stop the wash cycle for about an hour or two and let everything soak.  Make sure to use an extra rinse cycle when using bleach to ensure the bleach is completely rinsed out.  You can even wash your pillows in just bleach then wash them another time using your normal detergent.

Borax
Borax has been used for over 100 years as a detergent booster.  Use 1/2 cup of borax to your laundry to aid your regular detergent in cleaning and odor removal.  You can use borax with the bleach method above.

Powdered Dishwasher Soap
You can add 1 cup of powdered dishwasher detergent to the washer in addition to bleach, detergent, and borax.  All 4 cleaners working together should get your pillows ultra white.

 

Drying
Dry your pillows in the dryer, but add dryer balls or new tennis balls to the dryer to fluff the pillows as they dry.  Do not dry foam pillows in the dryer, hang them to dry instead.

 

Tips and Tricks

If you have allergies, you should probably wash your bed pillows at least once a month. 

Many experts believe you should only keep a synthetic bed pillow for 2 to 3 years and a down pillow for 5 to 7 years to ensure good neck support and a good night's sleep.

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