With the arrival of winter, there is nothing nicer than slipping under the covers and finding all the warmth we need. For this, we use the comforter, which just seems to wrap us in a soft and comforting embrace! Too bad, though, that after the months of summer break, we often find them with yellow stains that are not at all pretty to look at. But you need not fear! Today, in fact, we will see together some tricks to remove yellow stains on comforters and have them as good as new!
The first remedy we propose to remove yellow stains is to use the much-known baking soda, which is able to remove stains and whiten. All you will need to do, then, is to pour a few tablespoons of baking soda into a cup containing water until you get a sort of paste-like mixture. After that, apply the resulting paste directly to the yellow stain you want to remove and rub it gently with a brush or an old toothbrush. Leave it on for about half an hour, then, proceed with washing your comforter-it will be bright white again!
N.B Please remember not to scrub too hard because the slightly abrasive power of baking soda could damage the fabric.
Another ingredient that can whiten the comforter and remove stains is vinegar, which is also capable of reviving the natural color of the laundry! So, mix half a glass of vinegar and half a glass of water and decant the resulting mixture into a spray bottle. After that, spray it directly on the yellow stains and leave it on for about an hour. Finally, rinse and proceed with hand or machine washing as indicated below.
If there is a pantry ingredient known for its highly whitening function this is definitely lemon, which also boasts an intoxicating all-natural smell! Sprinkle, therefore, the yellow stain first of all with baking soda and then pour lemon juice over it. After that, leave it on, scrub gently and proceed with the washing. Your comforter will be whiter and more fragrant than ever!
N.B Please remember to use lemon juice only on white or light-colored comforters because of its highly whitening function.
Although similar to baking soda, it turns out to be even more effective. What we are talking about. About sodium percarbonate, considered a natural bleach. For its bleaching function to be activated, however, it needs to be mixed with warm water (temperatures should always be medium-high). All you will need to do, then, is sprinkle, the stain with a teaspoon of percarbonate and moisten, then, the area with a little warm water. At this point, leave it on for about 15 to 20 minutes, after which you proceed to rinse and ordinary washing of your comforter.
N.B Do not confuse this with perborate, which has levels of toxicity to the environment. Avoid percarbonate for more delicate garments and particularly wool and silk.
If the yellow stain seems to be very stubborn and struggling to go away, then we have one last ingredient for you: hydrogen peroxide! Although, in fact, it is not a properly natural remedy, it still has an ecological approach and can, therefore, be used in case of yellow stains on fabrics. So, soak a absorbent cotton pad or a cotton disk with hydrogen peroxide and dab it directly on the stain without rubbing. After that, let it dry as long as necessary and you will see that the yellow halo will have reduced considerably! You can repeat this operation several times if necessary.
N.B We remind you to always use 3% hydrogen peroxide (that is, at 10 volumes). Higher volumes may cause irritation on the skin. Do not use hydrogen peroxide in case of colored comforters because you may discolor them.
How to wash them
Once we have seen how to pre-treat yellow stains, let’s see how to proceed with washing our comforters so they smell great and like new! In this regard, we will see together both how to wash them by hand and in the washing machine!
In the washing machine
If you have a very large washing machine and if your comforter allows you to do so, we recommend that you proceed with washing the comforter in the washing machine so as to save yourself a lot of effort. To wash it thoroughly and to bleach it further, therefore, we recommend that you prefer a wash for delicate garments with a temperature never higher than 85 °F. Pour, then, a small cup of vinegar into the washing machine tub, add 5 drops of essential oil so as not to give up scenting the comforter and start the wash cycle. For an even more whitening effect, you can also add a tablespoon of baking soda!
If, on the other hand, your comforter turns out to be very delicate, then it is best to proceed with hand washing, which does not attack the fabric of the comforter. Therefore, fill the bathtub with lukewarm water, after which you add the juice of two large lemons and 3 tablespoons of coarse salt inside it. At this point, soak the comforter, keep it soaking for about 30 minutes, and if you notice that the water is very dirty, repeat the described process until you see that the water is clear. Finally, rinse the comforter and lay it out in the open air horizontally, avoiding direct sunlight otherwise it may turn yellow. Alternatively, you can also add 3 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of white vinegar to the tub and proceed as seen before.
It is of paramount importance that you read the washing labels carefully before trying the remedies indicated.