How to Wash Your Pillows

How to Wash Your Pillows

They’re an essential element of a comfortable bed, so keep yours fresh and in the best shape with these expert-approved tips.

How to wash pillows in the washing machine

To wash your pillows, you can follow these steps:

  1. Check the care label: Before proceeding, always check the care label on your pillows for specific instructions. Different types of pillows may have different cleaning recommendations.
  2. Machine washing: Most pillows, especially those filled with synthetic materials, can be machine washed. Place two pillows in the washing machine to help balance the load. Use a mild detergent and set the machine to a gentle or delicate cycle with warm water. Rinse the pillows thoroughly to remove all soap residue.
  3. Drying: It’s important to dry your pillows properly to prevent mildew and ensure they maintain their shape. Place the pillows in the dryer with a couple of clean tennis balls or dryer balls to help fluff them up. Use a low heat setting and periodically check the pillows to ensure they dry evenly. It may take a few cycles to fully dry them.
  4. Fluffing: Once the pillows are completely dry, fluff them by hand or use a pillow fluffer to redistribute the filling and restore their shape.
  5. Spot cleaning: If your pillows cannot be machine washed or if you prefer not to wash them, spot cleaning can be an alternative. Use a mild detergent mixed with water to create a cleaning solution. Dampen a clean cloth with the solution and gently blot the stained areas. Avoid saturating the pillow and make sure to let it air dry completely.

And how often you should clean your pillows, it’s recommended to clean them every six months to a year. However, certain factors such as allergies, asthma, or personal preference may require more frequent cleaning. Additionally, pillow protectors or pillowcases can help prolong the time between cleanings by providing an extra barrier against dirt and oils.

How to Wash Pillows to Keep Them Fresh and Clean

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