Looking for an effective way to get rid of old stains, odors and dirt from your beloved pillows? So look no further! Cleaning pillows is a bit tricky, as it requires both special care and precision.
Luckily all hope is not lost, we’ve picked out some easy yet powerful hacks that will help you keep your pillow clean and fresh for years to come. So if the thought of deep cleaning your own pillows is stressing you out, don’t panic. In this blog post, we’re going to show you nine magic tricks to wash and wash them easily, with minimal effort!
Why does my pillow turn yellow over time?
Over time, pillows tend to take on a yellowish tint due to sweat, body oils, dead skin cells, and dust mites. These elements potentially build up on the pillow over time and can be difficult to remove, even with rigorous washing. Washing can prevent some further yellowing, but cannot reverse oxidation of oil that has already oxidized and caused the discoloration. It is therefore important to change your pillow regularly or to clean the one you have often in order to avoid significant discoloration. The pillowcases themselves absorb some of this buildup, so changing them can help.
Here are 9 effective practices against yellowing pillows.
Be sure to rotate your pillows regularly to prevent yellowing.
This evens out the wear on your pillowcase. Also avoid sleeping on one side of the pillow each night. So try to rotate the side you sleep on and use both sides equally.
Wash your pillowcases often in cold water.
Washing in cold water helps remove dirt and oils from the fabric, which can contribute to yellowing and fading over time. If possible, use a detergent designed specifically for bright whites that is safe to use on delicate fabrics, such as silk and wool. Be sure to follow the manufacturer’s instructions when washing these items.
Use a white vinegar solution in the wash cycle.
When washing pillows and pillowcases to help them retain their freshness and shine over time. To do this, simply add one cup of white vinegar per load of laundry with your normal detergent when washing these items. The vinegar helps remove built-up residue that causes discoloration and softens the fabric for better cleaning.
Avoid exposing pillows and pillowcases to direct sunlight as much as possible.
Exposure to the sun can cause yellowing over time due to UV rays fading the colors of textiles. If necessary, hang items outside using a clothesline, but keep them out of direct sunlight to prevent fading from happening too quickly.
After washing your pillows, be sure to dry them thoroughly.
Either outdoors in light shade or indoors using the low heat settings of a clothes dryer if you have one at home. This will help reduce wrinkles while preventing further yellowing due to excess moisture in the fabrics, which would cause them to become moldy or mildewed over time if not dried properly afterwards.
Iron the creases on your pillows after washing them.
If necessary, using an iron set on the lowest setting so as not to scorch or burn the fabric. Another way to avoid yellowing caused by creases is to let wet pillows air dry overnight before putting them back in their respective cases for later reuse during sleeping hours!
Store your pillows away from places with high humidity.
Places like the bathroom or kitchen should be avoided, as moisture buildup can cause fabrics to turn yellow due to environmental changes related to indoor humidity (high temperatures combined with high humidity) .
Avoid storing down pillows in plastic bags when not in use.
Pillows tend to lose fluffiness over time when not properly ventilated. Which can make them less comfortable and flat due to extended storage periods without air circulation, causing some fabrics to fade more easily when exposed to consistently humid environments; Instead, store down-filled items in cotton bags or containers where air circulation must remain constant for their lifetime!
Finally, try adding a few drops of lavender oil to each pillowcase before covering it again.
Lavender has natural antifungal properties that can help protect against bacterial growth leading to further yellowing due to microbial buildup inside tissues from the sweat particles we leave behind during sleeping hours!
How often do we have to completely change our pillows?
We all know that a good night’s sleep is essential for our well-being and our health. One of the key factors to having a comfortable sleep is having cool, supportive pillows. It’s recommended that you absolutely change your pillows every 18 months, and there are a few ways to tell when it’s time to replace them.
If your pillow has become lumpy, flattened, or discolored, it’s definitely time to get a new one to give you the support and comfort you need to rest comfortably. Also, if you wake up with allergies or regular congestion, it might be worth replacing your pillows too – after all, how much bacteria has accumulated on them in the last 18 months!
It is very important to ensure that your pillows are in perfect condition. Not only will this have an effect on whether you wake up feeling energized or lethargic, but it can also make the difference between a good and a bad night’s sleep.