As we know, pillowcase will turn yellow over time, no matter how hard we try. However, do you know what causes it to turn yellow? Can we delay the process?
Person’s sweat can turn a pillowcase yellow. Perspiration is used to maintain body temperature. Sweat, the result of perspiration, is the secretion of oils from the sweat glands. And, these oils seep into the fabric of the pillowcase and stain the fabric when the oil dries.
- Both direct sunlight and oxidation can lead to yellowing.
- Direct sunlight will destroy the protective whitening agent found in the fabric over time, thus the actual color of the fabric is exposed.
- Oxidation is the result of exposure of fibers in the fabric to direct oxygen. The air contains contaminants which will turn the fabric fibers into gray or yellow.
- Time and maintenance can also cause damage because the chemicals in the detergent can break the fabric and accumulate inside it.
|Machine drying||Line drying linens|
|Disadvantages||breaks down the fabric in the tumbling process||linen is exposed to both oxidation and direct sunlight, and this will bring a faster occurrence of yellowing|
- Wash pillowcases with a light-duty detergent in cold water.
- Use a color-safe bleach alternative to prevent yellowing.
- Do not dry cleaning too often.
- Keep pillowcases out of direct sunlight.
- Store extra pillowcases and exchange them with ones being used after each wash.
- Wash yellowing pillowcases in hot water using the permanent press cycle.
- When using a cool rinse cycle, you can replace detergent with a cup of water conditioner.
- If the yellowing persists, use all-fabric bleach with the same process.
Use delicate and aged fabric to wash heirloom or antique pillowcases, or silk pillowcase with your hand to remove stains.