At some point, just about everyone who does laundry has wondered how to clean grimy pillowcases. Parents of teens are all-too-familiar with how their hormones lead to greasy hair and skin that stains their pillows. Those who work outdoors find themselves in the same boat, and then there are pillowcases that get dirty when someone doesn’t adequately remove their makeup.
The thing is, grimy pillowcases tend to be stinky ones, too. Who wants to lay their head on a pillow that smells? Let’s fix that.
How To Clean Grimy Pillowcases
To get the grime out, you need to loosen the chemical bonds between the greasy, waxy substance and the pillowcase fabric’s fibers.
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1. Fill a basin sink with very hot water then add 1/4 cup Dawn Original dish detergent (Fairy or Sunlight in the UK), and 1 cup baking soda. Swirl to combine then add the pillowcases.
2. If the basin has a scrub board, use it. Otherwise, grab a hunk of the pillowcase in each hand and scrub the fabric against itself. Switch positions and repeat until you’ve given it all a good rub.
3. Allow the cases to soak for 1-2 hours (or even overnight) then rinse well in HOT water until the water runs clear.
4. Toss in the dryer or line dry.
Keep the grime from returning.
You may not be able to talk your family into showering every night before bed, but you can still take a few steps to keep your pillowcases from getting grimy again.
First, skip the fabric softeners and dryer sheets. These work by coating fabric with a very light layer of wax or grease, both of which attract and hold onto skin and hair oils.
Second, use vinegar plus an oxygenated bleach (like Oxiclean) when washing your linens. Chlorine bleach doesn’t degrease as well and should never be mixed with vinegar! Also, remember to wash your bed linens in hot water every time.
It only takes a few minutes to clean grimy pillowcases, and a few simple steps to keep them from getting grimy again. Why not tackle yours today?