Say Goodbye To Yellow Pillow Stains With The Help Of An Unlikely Bathroom Staple

Raise your hand if you've been victimized by yellow pillow stains? We all know that this discoloration can truly make or break how clean your bedroom feels, especially after an intense cleaning day. No matter how often you wash your pillows and pillowcases, they're inevitable. But what if there was a hack out there that could actually get rid of them for good? Our team did a deep dive on all the hows and whys of yellow-stained pillows, and, as unlikely as it sounds, shaving cream just might be a lifesaver. Of course, we went through the traditional cleaners; baking soda, vinegar, salt, and laundry detergent made the list with ease. But, this bathroom staple lives under your sink and might be dying to get used for this DIY hack. 

First off, why shaving cream? Almost all shaving cream is made up of the same few ingredients — glycerin, water, stearic acid, triethanolamine, and polyoxyethylene sorbitan monostearate. This combination has a base of the same properties present in regular cleaners and acts as a surface-cleaning agent, which makes it sometimes better than the average soap.

Typically, the culprit of a yellow pillow is either sweat or oil, from both hair and skin. Even wet hair and drool can play a role in yellowing. If you've accidentally fallen asleep with makeup on, this hack is 100% a great one to try because it makes removing makeup stains a breeze too.

A step-by-step guide to un-yellowing your pillows

Start by soaking the oil or makeup stain in shaving cream. By coating the stain, you're allowing the shaving cream to soak deeply into all areas, and ensuring you only have to do it once. Let it sit for two minutes and rub the shaving cream into the stain with your fingers or a firm brush. Creating abrasion applies pressure to the stain, allowing the water in the cream to get even deeper. Then, rinse. If the stain is still present, repeat this process and douse the stain with rubbing alcohol.

This hack isn't just for pillowcases, either, as shaving cream can remove stains from clothing, furniture, and rugs. The chemical makeup of shaving cream makes it a great substitute for any household cleaner when it comes to erasing stains. Some of the ingredients attract dirt and grease, pulling it to the surface. The other components naturally pulls water, leading to a deep clean that makes your pillow cleaner after just one use.

For both men and women, shaving cream is an affordable tool with multiple uses. If you're a thrifter, this is also a great hack for snagging any items you absolutely love that might have a stain or two. Know that with this handy dandy tip, you'll be able to turn a cheap pickup into something new and freshly cleaned for your space or wardrobe.