How to Wash and Clean Pillows at Home - Effective Tips

How to Wash and Clean Yellow Pillows

wash and clean pillows tips

Clean and white pillows looks attractive but overtime it gets dirty or yellowish. However, maintaining and taking care of your stuff is important which is not an easy task.

Changing pillow covers regularly will help to keep them clean but, even when they are covered with a pillowcase; sweats, dust, moisture and bacteria will turn them yellow after sometime. That's why it is important to wash them on regular basis.

Luckily, there are a many remedies and of tips that help to clean or wash them. Here you will know how to clean yellowed pillows, to make them as white as brand new.

Why do pillows turn yellow?

It's because of perspiration when you sleep. Even when using a pillowcase, perspiration will pass through pillowcase, which leave a yellow stain on the pillow.

Another cause could be atmospheric dust and moisture which can turn them yellow. Because the bacteria and dust mites will proliferate and your pillow will gradually turn yellow and discoloured.

But, you can wash or clean them without buying a new one, using the following tips.

How to Wash Your Pillows

To make them just like brand new, follow these tips:

You will need:

  • Washing Powder
  • Baking Soda
  • Liquid Sanitizer to disinfect pillows (optional)
  • Hot water

Now, follow these steps to wash your pillows:

  1. First of all check the label to make sure that you can wash them on machine.
  2. Add sufficient quantity of hot water in machine.
  3. Add necessary washing powder in hot water.
  4. Add Baking soda at least one cup.
  5. Start the machine to mix them well, let the ingredient mix at least 3 minutes.
  6. Now, stop the machine and add one or two pillows.
  7. Close the machine and start washing, let them wash for 5-10 minutes.
  8. To dry the pillows, you can use machine dryer or let them dry on sunrays.
  9. To protect them, you can dry them on lower temperature in machine or dry them in sun.

How to clean pillows with baking soda and vinegar

Mixture of baking soda and vinegar are good for killing the bacteria. It is a great method for big pillows that couldn't get inside the machine. Follow these steps:

You will need:

  • Half cup of baking soda
  • Half cup of vinegar (You can add one cup, if you are cleaning more than 2 pillows)
  • How water and a bucket


  1. Pour hot water into bucket.
  2. Add baking soda and clear vinegar into water.
  3. Mix them well for few minutes to make it more effective.
  4. Take your pillow and soak it in the bucket for a few minutes.
  5. Now, put your pillow in machine to wash them as usual. If pillow is big then you can wash them in tub.
  6. Dry them in the sun for better result.

After that, pillows would be clean and you will able to restore there shine. To protect from turning yellow, you should wash them 2-3 times a year.

Benefits of Washing Pillows

There are few benefits such as, it will be free of bacteria that causes infections, you will sleep better which is good for health, and the pillows will look like brand new and white, which makes you feel satisfied. You can also save your money because you don't need to buy new pillows.

How to prevent yellowing of pillows?

Just follow these few tips:

  • Keep the proper air flow in your rooms, open your windows to allow some light. Both will help get rid of dust mites.
  • Having a pillowcase that you will have to clean regularly is one of those basic tips that will help.
  • To prevent your pillow from yellowing again, it should be cleaned regularly.

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