How to remove tough yellow stains from pillows with ‘natural’ everyday items

One chore many people often overlook is washing their pillows, and if this task is neglected it can cause yellow stains to develop on the fabric that can be difficult to clean off. 

These stains are caused by sweat, dead skin cells, body and hair oils build up and not only can they look unsightly on pillows, but over time can lead to bedding smelling musty or unpleasant. 

Sarah Macklin, a budget interiors and renovation expert, has explained that yellow stains are very common, but can be stubborn to get rid of no matter how many times you wash them. 

On her blog Dream of Home, Sarah wrote: “One of the biggest problems with white bedding is the yellow stains that can appear on our pillows. 

“This isn’t anything to be embarrassed about, and can happen after just a few nights of sleeping on the pillow.”

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How to get rid of yellow stains on pillows

Kitchen staples white vinegar and baking soda are the most effective and natural way to remove yellow pillow stains. 

Sarah wrote: “The extra care taken to soak the pillows should be enough to remove the stains. The white vinegar dislodges any oils left in the fibres and the baking soda is a natural whitening solution.” 

All you need to do is fill a sink or bathtub with warm water and then add half a cup of white vinegar and half a cup of baking soda to the water. 

Soak your pillowcases for at least an hour, but longer would be better to make sure all the stains have been removed. Sarah wrote: “For very old stains, it may be better to soak the pillowcases in white vinegar overnight.” 

Once soaked, rinse the pillows with cold water and then wash them in your washing machine like normal. 

How to prevent yellow stains on pillows. 

Yellow stains on pillows are likely to happen, but one way to try and prevent them is to have a good-quality pillow case to shield your pillows. 

However, the more humid and warm a room is, the more likely you are to sweat in your sleep. Controlling the temperature in your bedroom is one way to ensure pillows stay clean for longer. 

Sarah wrote: “You may be able to prevent a yellow stain by not going to bed with wet hair, ensuring that the room has good ventilation, via an open window, and keeping the room cool with an air con unit or fan.

You might also want to try applying moisturisers a couple of hours before bed, so they have a chance to sink in properly before you go to sleep.” 

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