Learning how to clean pillows is essential. While pillowcases are the first layer of defense, things still seep through.
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Steps to clean pillows
After months and years of using a pillow, your sweat and oil will accumulate. It leads to the yellowing of your pillows and it can make them less comfortable.
While most modern pillows can be machine-washed and dried, it’s important to check the care label to see what the cleaning requirements are.
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Take the following steps to clean pillows:
- Remove the pillowcase.
- Wash your pillows gently, unless the care label says to dry clean it.
- Dry it out completely. The best way is to put it in the dryer with a couple of towels and tennis balls for at least an hour.
The steps for cleaning a pillow is similar to other items such as the pillowcase or duvet cover. To keep your pillows fresh and clean, wash them every 6 months.
Methods based on the pillow fill
The pillow fill plays a big role in the method that you use to clean your pillow. Some can be machine-washed, while others can’t. Some can withstand a tumble dry, while others need to be air-dried.
The following are specific care methods based on the pillow fill:
- Memory foam or latex: To clean pillows made of memory foam or latex, spot-cleaning is the best method because you can’t wash or steam it.
- Cotton, down or synthetic: You can use the standard method with these materials. Machine-wash with a small amount of mild detergent, and toss it in the dryer with a couple of tennis balls, if you have them.
- Velvet, silk or has heavy braiding: For these materials, get your pillows professionally dry-cleaned.
Maintaining your pillows
To extend the life of your pillow, maintaining it properly is key. If you have a pillow that can be washed, doing so every 6 months will extend the longevity and ensure that you have a clean pillow.
Between washes, check your pillows once a week and spot-clean, as needed. It’s also a best practice to only use your pillow when your face and hair are clean.
Another way to keep your pillows clean is to use a pillow cover, which goes between your pillow and pillowcase.
Frequently asked questions
Pillows should be replaced every 2 years.
If your pillow or pillowcase starts to turn yellow, it’s time to wash it. You can also tell if you need to clean it if your pillows have a sour or musty smell.
You can use a small amount of bleach when you wash it, or you can add hydrogen peroxide and vinegar.
Take the time to clean your pillows every 6 months. It’ll ensure that your pillow remains fresh, comfortable, and gets rid of the dust and sweat. If it’s time to replace your pillows, do it because a good pillow enhances your quality of sleep.
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