Happy Friday, friends! I'm breaking my regular Five on Friday routine today to share some of what's been going on around here. (Hoping to get all the pictures sorted out from last weekend this weekend so I can share that fun with you soon!)
Today's post is one of those posts that I feel like might be a little too much information. I don't make any secrets here about not being perfect, but it's not often that I air out my dirty laundry [literally] here for the whole wide world to see.
But, we've been on a little cleaning spree here at the Thrift for Today house, going above the regular, dust, vacuum, dishes routine that we do regularly and really trying to get all those hiddedn nooks and crannies around here clean.
And so today, we're talking about washing and whitening yellowed pillows. Yep, the kind you sleep on. We sleep on. That are still in perfectly good condition, but when we take the cases off for the laundry, yikes! Those things look a million years old and also gross.
That was comforting, but honestly, I had just assumed that it would be a nightmare to wash the pillows, so I've just been recovering them and moving on.
But good grief! It was so easy to clean them and they look like new! Martha Stewart recommends washing pillows twice a year and after this transformation, I am happy to oblige.
1. Set washer to large load, delicate cycle, and HOT water.
2. Recommended amount of laundry detergent (we used liquid and filled cap to line for large loads).
3. Pour in about 3/4 cup of bleach (I estimated it.)
4. Run wash cycle stopping half-way through to turn pillows over.
5. Rinse twice to be sure all the soap is out.
This took a while, to be honest, but damp pillows can lead to mold which is bad, bad, bad...especially for something you put your face on every single day for extended periods of time.
1. Put pillows in dryer with tennis balls (we covered ours in old socks as seen above). This helps them maintain their shape.
2. Dry on low heat until dry. You should press them to be sure they are totally dry.
For alternative tutorials, see this little list below. I read each of these before committing to washing our pillows:
I know people spring clean, but is anyone else doing some deep fall cleaning these days? Tell me I'm not the only one!
*Don't try to wash your feather down or memory foam pillows this way. Please consult the cleaning instructions on the pillow's tag.