No matter how often you wash your pillowcases, years of use will always result in the pillows themselves becoming yellow, or stained, or just plain icky. Thankfully, there is a solution and quite an easy one! One Good Thing by Jillee shares a miracle laundry whitening technique that will work wonders on old, dingy cushions.
Jillee’s method is incredibly simple and only requires a few cleaning products, most of which you probably already have in your laundry room right now. Here’s what you will need to get started:
1 cup of laundry detergent
1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent
1 cup bleach
1/2 cup Borax
Fill your washing machine about 1/3 with hot water
Add the dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, bleach, and Borax
Turn on the machine and allow the ingredients to dissolve in the water
Place two pillows at a time into the washing machine
Allow the machine to fill the rest of the way with hot water and let it agitate for a few minutes (with top-loading machines, you may need to take the cushions out and turn them over)
Allow the pillows to go throw two rinse cycles
Take them out to dry
When it comes to drying the pillows, the optimal method depends on their type. Down or feather pillows should be dried on an air cycle, while synthetic pillows are best dried on a low-temperature setting. To keep them nice and fluffy, Jillee suggests using dryer balls. If you don’t have dryer balls, try wrapping some tennis balls in clean socks and tossing them in with the load!
Check out the full video for and allow Jillee to take you through all the tips, tricks and nifty details of her pillow-whitening procedure.