When you’re cleaning your bedroom, do you spend a lot of time thinking about your pillows? If you’re like most homeowners, the answer is no, so you’ve likely seen pillows turn yellow and gross-looking over time. But don’t toss out your yellow-stained pillows, because Jillee might have found a better way.
Jillee is a favorite online expert followed by households everywhere…
JIllee is the owner of “One Good Thing By Jillee”, a blog devoted to providing homemaking tips and hacks to make your life easier. Her quest for a less expensive alternative to buying new pillows began with an observation about how often pillows yellow over time.
“It’s just a reality of life: over time sweat and natural oils from your body will seep into your pillow while you sleep, attracting dust, dirt, and other nasty elements. However, that doesn’t change the fact that discolored and yellowed pillows are not very attractive!”
Jillee wasn’t ready to give up on her favorite possessions, so she searched for a better way…
But Jillee wasn’t ready to throw in the pillowcase quite yet. She wanted to at least try and find an alternative that she could do around the house. So off she went to the Internet!
As Jillee says:
“A few years ago. I was mourning the state of our pillows and had accepted that I probably needed to go out and buy some new ones. But I thought I may as well see if I could find any info online about washing pillows before I chucked them in the trash.”
As you can guess, her search turned up results that she was proud to share on her website. Her life hack for long-lasting pillows doesn’t even cost that much, as you’ll see.
The supplies on this list are affordable if they aren’t already under your sink
The best part of Jillee’s find isn’t that it works, but that most households can do it right now. Many households already have the supplies listed below in their laundry rooms or under the sink.And that means saving money.
Even if you’re missing one or two items, it won’t take more than a trip to any department store for the rest.
Check out the list of supplies is just below.
- Cup of Borax
- Cup of powdered dishwashing detergent
- Cup of powdered laundry detergent
- Cup of bleach
Three easy steps to whiter, cleaner pillows
Once you’ve gathered up all the supplies, you’ll want to run the pillows through the wash on a hot water cycle. Makre sure that you let them soak for a long while. IF your washer doesn’t have a soak function, you can use a bathtub or even a pot of hot water on your stovetop. If you use your stovetop, make sure your water is on a rolling boil.
Next, add the two detergents and Borax into a mix and let them dissolve. Once hte powder dissolves, pour the mixture over your pillow. Make sure you let the pillows soak completely. Then just wait for 30 minutes.
After this, let the pillows rinse thoroughly and run them through a fluff cycle to get completely dry.
The results will speak for themselves
Just like that, your pillows should be nice and clean and ready to go. This will extend the life of your pillows and keep you from visiting the pillow section of your big box store every couple years.
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