How to clean yellowed pillows: 3 simple methods

Written by Henrik Rothen

Oct.15 - 2023 11:43 AM CET

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How to clean yellowed pillows with 3 simple methods.

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Yellow stains on bedding are both unsightly and unhealthy. However, there are some common solutions to tackle this issue. Pillows, bed linens, and mattresses often accumulate yellow marks after a few weeks of use due to the buildup of sweat absorbed into the material.

These stains often leave an unpleasant odor, making it unhealthy to sleep on and ultimately leading to bacterial and even mold growth if not properly washed.

Homemade solutions with white vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and water are some of the ways to help remove the stains. Rebecca Swain, a mattress expert from Winstons Beds, said, "Yellow stains are a constant irritation for homeowners as they are hard to remove and can make a bed unhealthy and unpleasant to sleep in. Failing to clean the stains can lead to bacterial growth and even cases of mold if not thoroughly cleaned."

She added, "White vinegar and lime are budget-friendly ways to remove the stains, so you don't have to throw away the entire bedding or, even worse, the whole mattress."

1. White Vinegar

The expert explained that the acid in white vinegar can help remove yellow stains from bedding, pillows, and mattresses. White vinegar has natural bleaching agents and is an effective rinse aid. When washing duvet covers and pillowcases, Rebecca suggested, "add about 700 ml of white vinegar to achieve a fresh and stain-free finish."

2. Lime

Alternatively, she suggested using two limes to remove any stains on the bedding. To use this method, you need to squeeze two limes onto the stains before giving it a thorough wash. "The acidic solution will bleach the yellow colors. Gently scrub it on items like mattresses so as not to damage them. Let it sit for 30 minutes, then wipe it off."

3. Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide can act as a "super cleaner" when it comes to yellow stains, Swain said. Half a cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed with water can help "restore the bedding to its original color." Simply sprinkle with baking soda afterward to remove the "tougher stains."

Would you consider using these methods to clean your yellowed pillows?

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