With the 3 feet of snow around here I got a little obsessed with trying out cleaning recipes so the next day I tried the mattress cleaning recipe on our even-more-sweat-stained pillows.
I wish I had a before and after to show you, but the before was pretty nasty so at the same time I’m kind of relieved that I forgot to take one. Just know that these pillows were a few years old and my husband sweats at night.
I spread towels on the kitchen floor, mixed up my little potion, and went to work. I mixed it up 3 more times and tried again. Very little impact. I was confused because this had worked just yesterday on the mattress.
Then I felt the pillows. They had this weird non-normal texture. It wasn’t quite sticky, or oily, but it was something that felt organic and that shouldn’t be there.
I assumed it was sweat and body oil so I decided to try out this pillow cleaning method that I had pinned for a while but never had the time to try.
The process is basically:
- Fill the washer 1/3 of the way, then add solution and agitate to mix it together
- Add pillows
- Agitate for 5-10 minutes
- Flip pillows
- Agitate the rest of the cycle
- Let washer finish the cycle
Before that I knew I had to do something about the weird organic layer on the pillows.
I followed a similar process. I filled the washer 1/3 full with hot water and added 1 cup Parson’s ammonia and let it agitate.
Then I added the pillows, one on each side of the washer. I let it fill up all the way and poured another 1/2 cup ammonia on top of the pillows.
I let it agitate about 10 minutes and turned the pillows over and let it agitate the rest of the cycle.
The pillows sat for about an hour and I turned them one more time at the 30 minute mark.
After the cycle finished I started the Miracle Laundry Whitening Solution.
I had no powdered dishwasher detergent on hand so I thought I would bite the bullet and try it without that ingredient (spoiler alert- it works just fine without it.)
I filled the washer 1/3 of the way and added 1 cup detergent, 1 cup bleach, and 1 cup borax instead and let it agitate.
Then I added the pillows and let the washer fill the rest of the way.
I let the washer agitate for 5-10 minutes, turned the pillows over, and let it finish. I did not let it soak because the directions didn’t call for it.
The directions did say to run a second rinse but I skipped it because they didn’t feel soapy and I already felt bad enough for using so much water.
I put the pillows in the dryer and I’ll be darned if they didn’t come out so white that they were blinding, and that is no exaggeration. My husband couldn’t even tell which pillow was his anymore. He told me that he always knew by the sweat stains. Nice, right?
If you get a chance, try this and see if your pillows come out brighter than your eyes can handle!