Let’s be honest, When did you last wash your pillows?
Well, it could’ve been weeks back or even months.
But I’m not here to make you feel guilty about it, so I’ll get straight to the point.
Learning how to wash pillows is quite easy and the best part of is you only have to do it once every few months. In fact only twice a year.
Most types of pillows can be washed using a washing machine, but there are a few types that can’t be. For example, memory foam pillows. So, always check on the pillow label just to be on the safe side. So without further ado, Here are a few ways of how to wash pillows:
How to Wash Feather Pillows
Feather pillows are quite easy to wash especially when using a washing machine. Put the pillow in a pillow case but be sure to check if the pillow case and cover don’t have any rips and tears or else you will have a wash tub filled with fluff, and you don’t want that.
It is recommended to insert two pillows at once rather than one to help balance the machine especially for those of you that have a standard top load washer with a center agitator. You could also have to insert some towels to help the machine keep operating smoothly. But for those of you with front load washers, inserting one pillow would be perfect.
You can opt for either cold water or warm water and use a small portion of detergent then choose the gentle cycle option. You should then run the pillows through an additional rinse cycle after the gentle cycle is done to make sure that all the detergent is washed away.
Lastly, tumble dry the pillows or place them on a hanger outside and let them dry.
How to Wash Memory Foam Pillows
Memory foam pillows should never be put in the washing machine. Why you ask?
Well because the high turbulence of machine washing will break up the padding inside the pillow and weaken it. So now that we’ve gotten the “shouldn’t” out of the way, Here is how to wash memory foam pillows:
- Vacuum the pillow entirely to remove any loose debris.
- Mix two parts of water with one part of fabric cleaner inside a spray bottle and shake well to have a proper combination.
- Spot clean the pillow using a clean, dry towel to extract as much solution as possible.
- Get a second spray bottle and fill it with water. Remove any remaining cleaning residue by spraying water on the pillow. Blot lightly with a clean, dry towel. Re-do this process two times or up to when you feel the pillow is rid of any cleaning residue.
- Put the pillow in-between two clean, dry towels and keep pressing until all the seeped moisture in the pillow has been absorbed.
- Get a hair dryer and set to its lowest and coolest setting or get a fan and turn it on low. Be sure to monitor the heat from either as excessive heat may damage or melt the foam in your pillow.
When to replace your pillows
No matter how diligently you clean or care for your pillows, you will eventually have to replace them. So how do you know that they are past their useful life? Simple! Fold the pillow in half and if it doesn’t spring back into shape, get a pen add pillows on your shopping list.
So there you have it. A beautiful and summarized guide on how to wash pillows and keep them clean.