You haven’t been able to sleep well for some time now because your pillow makes your hair scratch or your nose stops as soon as you put your head on the pillow? Or are the cushions that you and your family usually make use of to stay more comfortable or to furnish their homes yellowed by sweat and/or rather dirty, have a bad smell and ugly to look at? Then it’s time to whiten and disinfect your pillows! Here are 5 fabulous tricks.
Wash one pillow at a time in the washing machine or at most 2, and then, when the washing process is over, run the centrifuge several times to remove residual water from the pillow or use the dryer for better drying. If you don’t have a dryer, you can use a coin-operated laundry dryer;
To complete the drying process, place the pillow horizontally over the wires of a drying rack and put it outside in the open air. The drying time will vary depending on the season, in particular you will have to wait a few hours in summer or up to 2, 3 or 4 days in the coldest seasons, so during the winter and autumn it is preferable to place the drying rack in the house near a heat source, such as the radiator, the heater or the fireplace, or near the dehumidifier;
Add a ball full of bleach and another full of laundry soda crystals, also known as sodium carbonate, to the washing machine’s basket along with the pillow to be washed or you can use a single ball in which you pour ½ of white wine vinegar and ½ of sodium bicarbonate to achieve a thorough cleaning;
Soak the pillows before washing with water, bleach and sodium carbonate. It is also possible to replace bleach and sodium carbonate with a cup of sodium bicarbonate;
Dilute a tablespoon of white wine vinegar or lemon juice in 200 ml of lukewarm water to pre-treat the pillow stains before washing;
Pre-treat the pillows with baking soda mixed with a little water and a few drops of tea tree oil to whiten and disinfect them at the same time.
How to wash and dry your pillows
Wash only one pillow at a time in the washing machine, or at most 2, following the instructions on the label. For this purpose, you could use a programme at a low temperature, for example a delicate programme at 30°C or one at 40°C, unless the instructions do not provide for washing at 60°C, which is most suitable for killing mites. Moreover, avoid adding the softener, otherwise the contents of the pillow will stick, for example if it contains feathers, and do a rinse or 2 more to make sure you have completely eliminated the detergent. In this respect, it is better to use a mild, perfume-free liquid detergent to eliminate it more easily than the powder detergent and above all to avoid allergic reactions when trying to sleep or relax.
Moreover, if after the first wash the pillow is still dirty because the stains are stubborn you should do another wash or more than one until it becomes clean. As for drying, spin the cushion several times until it has cleared of the residual water. Or if you have a dryer, use the latter, as it can make the pillow dry and soft and soft again, but be careful that the temperature is not too high as some materials may get damaged or break.
Finally, to complete the drying process, place the cushion horizontally for several hours over the wires of a drying rack placed near a heat source, but not in contact with it, or outdoors, for example in the garden or on the balcony, to obtain a fresh scent. As if that wasn’t enough, you should know that the sun helps to lighten the cushions, so you could put the drying rack in full sun, but if the cushion contains feathers this decision may not be advisable, in fact they would be wasted. To even out the drying process, shake the pillow from time to time and turn it over to the opposite side.
Bleach and soda crystals for bleaching and disinfecting pillows
To effectively whiten and disinfect the cushions it is useful to add a ball full of bleach and another full of soda crystals to the washing machine basket together with the pillow to be washed. In particular, laundry soda, also known as sodium carbonate, cleanses, sanitizes, bleaches and eliminates unpleasant odours, is also cheap and environmentally friendly, while bleach cleanses, purifies and gives brilliance. For the same purpose, white wine vinegar and sodium bicarbonate can be used together in a ball.
Soak pillows before washing
The most yellowed and/or dirty pillows can be soaked in bathtub water or a large laundry tub overnight with the addition of a cup of bleach and a cup of soda crystals to whiten and disinfect them as best as possible. Among other things, the pillows can also be soaked by dissolving a cup of sodium bicarbonate in about 4 liters of water. Obviously after one of these treatments the pillows must be machine washed as described above.
Whitening the pillows with white wine vinegar
To whiten the pillows it is useful to dilute a tablespoon of white wine vinegar in 200 ml of warm water and then pre-treat the stains or yellowing with this preparation before washing leaving it to act for about 15 minutes. For the same purpose, hydrogen peroxide can also be used, but only on white pillows.
Rub the pillows with washing soda to whiten them
Finally, it should be noted that yellowed and/or stained pillows can also be bleached, disinfected and spotted by rubbing them with a compound made of sodium bicarbonate and little water using a toothbrush, a cloth or a sponge. This compound should be left to act for about 15 or 20 minutes and then rinsed with lukewarm water. After this treatment you can continue with the washing machine and then with the drying.