Washing your bedding is a key concept to removing germs and dust from where you lay your head each night. The Today Show suggests washing sheets once a week to keep dust mites and allergens at bay. When you wash your bedding, remember to not jam too much into one load and to check the manufacturers instructions on both your detergent and linen’s labels. When people wash their linens, they typically set aside their pillows or maybe fluff them up, but neglect to fully wash them. Pillows need to be washed at least twice a year, or three or four times if you live in a warmer climate where your head, neck, and face could be sweating more at night. If you haven’t been washing your pillows, carve out some extra time and follow this guide to washing pillows so you can rest well knowing that you’re sleeping in a clean and fresh space.

Before You Get Started

  • Test to see if the materials inside your synthetic pillow are still in good condition by folding it in half. If it doesn’t spring open right away, purchase a new pillow because the material inside is too worn and will not survive the wash cycle without falling apart. You can use your old pillows as padding for a homemade dog bed or throw pillows.
  • To avoid clumping the fibers inside of your pillows, roll up your pillows lengthwise and tie the ends and middle with rubber bands during the wash cycle.
  • Use mild liquid detergent instead of a powder one to steer clear of residues.
  • Wash your pillows together to keep your washing machine balanced.

Down and Fiberfill Pillows

pillow in a washing machine

  • Read the care labels for your pillows to make sure they can be washed in the washing machine. If they can, set the water temperature on your machine according to the label.
  • If your label has been cut off or faded, your best bet is to set your machine to a warm water, gentle cycle.
  • After removing your pillow cases, use a low sudsing liquid detergent and start your wash cycle of two pillows. 
  • After the cycle, add an extra cold-water rinse and spin to make sure all soap residue is cleaned out of the fibers.
  • Dry your pillows according to their care label. If it calls for machine drying, tumble dry your pillows on low heat, fluffing and turning them often to reduce clumping of the down and fiberfill. You can also place rubber dryer balls or tennis balls to speed up the drying process and to reduce clumping.
  • If you’re worried about clumping up your pillows in the dryer, you can also dry them by laying them flat outside in the sun with your sheets to get a fresh air scent or you can place your pillows on top of your dryer to have them sit for a few hours in warm air while your dryer is working on another load.

Foam Pillows

Foam pillows

  • Unfortunately foam pillows cannot be washed in the washing machine, but there are ways to get and keep them clean.
  • If your foam pillow has a removable cover, you can wash that according to the care instructions on the tag.
  • Some foam pillow tags include instructions for hand washing, but be careful because wet foam will become heavy and can tear easily.
  • To remove dust, use the hose of your vacuum to suck up any tough debris or place the pillow in the dryer on the no heat/air-only cycle for 20 minutes to shake out any dirt.
  • To clean any spots or stains, take a dampened washcloth and mix in a small drop of dish soap. Blot the area until you see the spot lift and then rinse the soapy area with a clean damp cloth.
  • Air-dry your foam pillow before placing it’s case back on and sleeping on it.

Now that your pillows are fresh and clean, you can rest confidently knowing that you'll be away from bad germs and dirt. Remember to check the Wireless Wipes Blog daily for new posts on cleaning tips, DIY hacks, how-tos, and more! 




Sources: apartment therapy, goodhousekeeping.com.

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