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How To Clean And Whiten Yellowed Pillows

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I’m willing to bet that if you looked at all your pillows right now, you’d find at least one that has begun to turn yellow. Even if you use pillow cases, your pillows will eventually turn yellow from the sweat and skin you shed while sleeping on them each night.

Eww, enough of that. I scoured the internet to find a solution to this irritating problem and here it is. The blog One Good Thing By Jillee has shared a winning tip for getting out those nasty yellow stains. You can watch the step-by-step video that shows just how to do it or get the instructions by reading them below.

Ingredients

  • Very hot water (boil some on the stove if your hot water heater doesn’t get that hot)
  • 1 cup chlorine bleach
  • 1 cup powdered dishwashing detergent
  • 1 cup laundry detergent
  • 1/2 cup borax

Directions

  • Fill your machine 1/3 way with very hot water. Add the cleaning solution.
  • Turn on your washing machine and let it agitate for a few minutes (so the mixture dissolves fully).
  • Put your pillows in (two at a time works best so your machine is balanced).
  • Fill your washing machine the rest of the way with water.
  • Wash in a full cycle (make sure you have the second rinse cycle turned on).
  • If you have a top loader, Jill recommends turning the pillows over halfway through the cycle so both sides get fully washed in the solution.

To Dry

  • For down and feather pillows, be sure to dry on air-dry mode.
  • Synthetic pillows should be dried on low-temp setting.
  • A tip from Jill: to help keep the fluffiness in your pillows, add a tennis ball or dryer ball in the dryer.

There you go! Now you don’t have to cringe every time you take the cases off of your pillows.

7 Ways To Keep Your Front-Loading Washing Machine Mold And Stink-Free

If you’ve ever had to visit a laundromat or use coin-operated laundry of any kind, then you know just how great of a luxury it is to have your very own front-loading washing machine right there in your home.

And even though you and your family are the only folks using this machine, you have to be careful to make sure you’re cleaning it regularly and properly. It sounds kind of contradictory, right? After all, washing machines are supposed to be doing the cleaning. But the truth is even your trusty household appliance needs a bath every now and then.

As you can imagine, with all of the wetness and residue from detergents and fabric softeners, front-loading washing machines can easily build-up molds and become smelly, and of course, you’d like to avoid that at all costs.

Thankfully, it’s not hard to get rid of the mold or to keep it from accumulating. Consumer Reports provides some helpful tips and tricks to avoid any mold build-up in your washing machine.

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1. Clean Gaskets

The gasket is the large rubber seal that keeps water from leaking out of your front loader. Underneath that flap is a great place for mold to live, so be sure to give that a good cleaning every once and a while.

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2. Clean Dispensers

You can also clean out the dispensers where you pour your detergents to make sure there’s no leftover soapy residue.

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3. Use Bleach

To clean the inside of the drum, Consumer Reports recommends running a cycle without any clothing using bleach in the place of detergent. That way, you’re sure to get a deep down clean all along the inside of the washing machine.

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4. Leave Door Ajar

As a precaution, you can leave the door to the washing machine open so that everything dries out much faster. The less moisture, the less mold there will be!

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5. Choose Your Detergent Carefully

Choosing a detergent with less sudsing power will limit the amount of soap residue left behind. Today’s Homeowner recommends using powder detergents over liquid ones for fewer suds.

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RELATED: 7 Things In Your House That You Probably Don’t Wash Enough

6. Use Less Detergent

Using less detergent, in general, will also help out. According to the same article, if you only use the amount recommended for each load size you’re better off. Because you all know we’re guilty of just pouring a random amount inside of the cap without really measuring!

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7. Skip Fabric Softener

Less fabric softener means less residue and mold accumulation. A dryer sheet can get your clothes just as soft, and help with the mold issue, as well. That’s a win-win!

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No one wants to deal with a moldy washing machine, but at least now you know how to prevent mold and how to handle it if (or, let’s face it — when) it happens.

[h/t: Consumer Reports]

Here’s The Best Way Remove Stains And Smells From Your Plastic Food Containers

Have you ever had some stains or odors that you can’t seem to get out of your plastic storage containers.  This happens to us all the time (especially when we have chili or a red sauce item stored in them).

Have no fear, watch the video above to get some helpful tips on the best ways to clean up those containers and make them looking like new again.

Now, a lot of our readers will suggest to just get glass containers instead.  I completely agree, but sometimes you may want to use the plastic ones you have around the house or you can’t use glass due to concerns around them breaking.

Let us know what you think.

Here’s How Often You Should Clean Your Stuff

Everybody wants to have a clean home, but sometimes it’s hard to know often you should clean certain items.  After reading the chart below, I was pretty surprised at how off I was on certain things.  Apparently, I don’t need to wash my jeans so much.

This super helpful chart was put together by Henry Hoover and shows how often you should be washing some of the most common household items.  From sheets to pillows to the refrigerator, this little chart will help keep your house fresh and clean.

What do you think?  How many of these do you currently do?

How To Get Those Annoying Stickers Off Products Without A Fuss

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You know what grinds my gears? Finding an amazing deal on frames and dishware at HomeGoods only to struggle getting that dang sticker off the middle of the glass or the bottom of the bowl.

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Clearly, I can’t display my niece’s cute little face when sticker residue is stuck in the middle of the frame. Grr.

Thankfully, our friends at Home Made Simple shared an easy solution to solve to solve this problem: use a hairdryer to heat up the sticker and soften the glue. After a minute or so, it should peel right off. You’re welcome.

Here are some other great ideas that our readers suggested:

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DIY: Cleaning Hard Water Deposits Off Your Sinks

Youtuber, Crouton Crackerjacks, shows us how to easily remove hard-water deposits on a sink. This can also be used on porcelain sinks in the bathrooms and faucets in the tub.

Tools

  • White vinegar
  • Old t-shirt or cloth
  • Green & yellow sponge

Instructions

  • Soak cloth or old t-shirt in vinegar.
  • Wrap or lay the soaked rag onto the hard-water deposits and let sit for an hour.
  • Remove the rag, and gently scrub with a soft yellow/green sponge.
  • Repeat steps above again for stubborn spots.
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