So where does this yellow colored stain on your pillow come from? Over time the natural oils from your body will seep into your pillow, the most common reason is the pillow filling. Pillows with down and feather filling are more resistant probably because are more breathable but they are not immune. In time, you will also start noticing that yellow stain getting bigger.
Polyester and shredded memory foam pillow filling are deferent, they are easier to clean but they are not breathable and that’s why you will see the yellow stain more frequently and in shorter time. On top of that this kind of pillow are filed with chemical ingredients like formaldehyde, benzene, toluene and other toxins but this is something for what I will dedicate another post.
I did found the answer on How to Wash and Whiten Yellowed Pillows in this video by Jillee from OneGoodThing, tried it and it works, it really works.
- 1 cup powdered laundry detergent
- 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
- 1 cup bleach (or bleach alternative)
Few more thing, the first step in the most important. Soak you poillow in really hot water. This will help the cleaning ingredients on dissolving tough stains! If you have front-loading washers, you can do the soak in a separate container or in your bathtub but remember, bring the water near boiling point before soaking you pillows. I also add two scoops of OxiClean, it will take care of the human oils that are staining the pillows (and also causing that sour smell) without compromising the fiber of the pillowcases. Also don’t forget to check the tag on your pillow to ensure that it’s washable. Some down and synthetic pillows can’t be washed.