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How to Clean Yellow Pillows
Quick: What’s yuckier than a yellow pillow? Yeah, that’s right – sleeping on it.
But, what can you do? Pillows are pillows, and you are you. Oil, sweat and drool are unavoidable hazards of the human sleep cycle and your pillow is simply a victim of collateral damage. It can only take so much punishment before something has to be done.
Some people just throw out their <a title="Pillows" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bed-pillows_1588.html" target="_blank">pillows</a> after they reach a certain level of unacceptably yellow dinginess. For you, it may be light champagne, whereas for others with a higher tolerance it might be full-on goldenrod.
[caption id="attachment_17018" align="aligncenter" width="300"]<a title="Don't Let Your Pillows Get This Yellow" href="http://www.atgstores.com/pillows_2683.html" rel="attachment wp-att-17018" target="_blank"><img class="size-medium wp-image-17018 " title="A Yellow Too Far " src="http://ourblog.atgstores.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/10/yellowwhupp-300x152.jpg" alt="Yellow Pillows Are Bad " width="300" height="152" /></a> No pillow should be this flippin' yellow.[/caption]
Regardless of your personal Yellow Alert Level, pitching your pillows is not the answer! The urban legends are true – they <em>can</em> be washed. And, that goes for the feather-filled kinds, too. You just have to check the label for washing instructions. And then …
<strong>Powerful Pillow-Cleaning Formula</strong>
The stuff that turns pillows yellow is special indeed, and so it requires a special mix of ingredients to get rid of it. For a two-pillow load use:
<li>1 cup bleach<strong></strong></li>
<li>1 cup laundry detergent <strong></strong></li>
<li>1/2 cup sodium borate (such as Borax)</li>
Launder your pillows in hot water with this mix and your yellow should start to mellow, if not disappear completely.
(NOTE: Take care with drying as well. Feather or down pillows are better dried using the air-cycle setting, while synthetics should be dried on low heat. Either way, be sure your pillows are thoroughly dried to prevent a mold invasion.)
There are no rules when it comes to how long a pillow should last or how long you should keep one around. A brief website review reveals a consensus that pillows should be washed about once a year, but that washing them yearly may shave some time off their lives, Even so, most pillows would agree that a shorter life lived cleanly is better than an eternity of yellow funkiness.
<a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these tips help you keep your pillows bright, white and inviting for many years to come.