How to remove yellow stains from a pillow?

by Liz

How do I get yellow stains out of pillows and pillow cases.

  17 answers
  • K. Rupp K. Rupp on Jul 02, 2019

    Soak them in a lukewarm Oxyclean bath. Every now and then take them out and scrub with Spray-n-Wash and salt. Put them back in the Oxyclean bath and add warm water again. Keep doing this until the stains get better or are completely gone.

  • When you wash them in the washer, they need to be pre-treated with a degreaser first.

  • Pam Pam on Aug 29, 2014

    If they are white then I always add a little bleach to the regular wash.

  • Monica Monica on Aug 29, 2014

    I would try a mixture of powder bleach and ammonia. Works great for antiperspirant stains too!

  • Barbara C Barbara C on Aug 29, 2014

    I dissolve a dishwashing tablet in very warm water and soak the item overnight. Most stains will be gone by morning. Some cannot be corrected.

  • Gerry H Gerry H on Aug 29, 2014

    My Mother always used Iron Out. Of course, this can only be used on white fabric but it works like magic.

  • Margaret Powell Margaret Powell on Jan 15, 2017

    Dawn is great for oil stains... make a warm dawn solution with Oxyclean and soak overnight. Borax is also good for a lot of stains. Could also try rubbing the stain with a Fels Naptha bar as it is great on oil stains. I would not dry items in the dryer until the stain is taken care of since the dryer sets the stains in. My mother used to lay white items on the grass to dry so the chlorine in the grass would draw out the stains.

  • Dfm Dfm on Jan 16, 2017

    Have you tried a bluing solution? It's in the laundry area of the grocery store.

  • Dee Dee on Jan 17, 2017

    I was so frustrated I decided to put a dishwashing tablet in a large pot boiled it till the tablet dissolved, and mixed the water. Then I actually boiled the pillowcases for about 20 minutes. Let it cool a bit and washed. You would not believe the gunk that came out...

  • 27524803 27524803 on Jan 26, 2018

    Try putting them in the washing machine, two at a time on either side of the agitator (top loader) to maintain balance. Then follow the directions on the pillow, if you did not remove the tag.

    FYI... I bought really expensive (to me) pillows at the same time I bought a new mattress. I made the investment in a "FIBERLINKS" waterproof mattress cover and 2 waterproof pillowcases and the INVESTMENT has paid off.... my pillows are as clean as the day I bought them... as is the mattress, these protectors "breathe" but are waterproof too... and are not hot to lay on and do not "crinkle" like the plastic and rubber ones. They are well worth the cost.

  • I purchase washable pillows and use Epsom salt in the wash with a vinegar rinse. For my feather pillows, I have double pillow covers, plus pillowcases as they take a bit more work to wash and fluff. My girlfriend swears by soaking the item in denture tablets. My mother would soak whites in rubbing alcohol, then wash.

  • Ebbjdl Ebbjdl on Sep 19, 2017

    Make a paste of baking soda and water. Make enough to cover the stains on each pillow. Rub it in lightly with a sponge, and let it sit for 4 hrs. Wash with some bleach and laundry detergent, and put hydrogen peroxide in the rinse cycle. If they still have some residue, spray with stain remover and let it sit, then wash again. I use Spray n Wash, I think it's the best for stains. Don't dry until the stains are gone, or the best that they can get. Good Luck!

  • Mic25215485 Mic25215485 on Sep 19, 2017

    I spray my bed pillows with peroxide mixed with a little alcohol and water.

  • Wash them, two at a time, with chlorine or if you don't like chlorine, borax.

  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Jul 22, 2019

    Five easily obtained products that work well on sweat and makeup stains are hydrogen peroxide, lemon juice, white vinegar, ammonia, and baking soda. Simply mix one of these products with water and soak the stain for about 30 minutes. Before the solution dries, wash the pillowcase in cool water with regular detergent.

  • Bushra Bushra on Jul 22, 2019

    I only use bleach and wash them in hot warm water. Then I run with vinegar and lemon soda after that. They always look fresh again.

    Hope it helps... Chloe's recipe is great as well. Bushra

  • Fiddledd224 Fiddledd224 on Oct 20, 2019

    Rub a crushed aspirin mixed with water on the stain. Let dry then launder.