It might come as a surprise to even seasoned spring cleaners that proper sleep hygiene also requires you to learn how to wash pillows.
Learning how to wash pillows is a lot less intimidating than it seems, and with the right tips and tricks, you can keep them looking and lasting as fresh as possible, all with minimal effort.
Most pillows can be washed from the convenience of your home - a select few might require dry cleaning, so be sure to check up on label instructions before you get started. Not sure where to get started with figuring out how to wash pillows in your bedroom?
Here’s a simple guide that takes you through everything from why you need to wash pillows in the first place, to how to do it with ease:
Why Do I Need To Wash My Pillows? - Pillows can end up collecting a lot of the debris that comes with falling asleep since you place your head directly on them. This can include oil from your hair, saliva, dirt, bacteria, as well as more dangerous substances such as fungi or mold. The problem with letting these substances accumulate is that they can eventually end up breaking down the fill in your pillows, eventually making them lose shape, get lumpy, and cause an unpleasant sleeping experience.
How Often Should I Wash Pillows In My Bedroom? - While it goes without saying that you need to wash all your bedding, including your pillowcases, around once a week, your pillow is a slightly different story. If you use a pillowcase and pillow cover and wash both of these frequently, once in six months is enough to keep your pillow clean (though memory foam pillows are slightly different - more on that later) without compromising on its shape or comfort levels.
How To Wash Pillows Without Damaging Them
The way you need to clean your pillow depends on the type you own. Here’s a handy overview:
Feather/Down Pillows: These kinds of pillows can be particularly challenging to clean because you’ll need to watch out for any potential clumping. To avoid this from happening, they’re best washed by or using the delicate setting in the washing machine.
Synthetic Down Pillows: Slightly easier than their genuine counterparts, you still want to be careful with synthetic down. Unlike real feathers, however, you can use a little powdered detergent, as there is slightly less risk of it clumping as a result.
Polyester Pillows: Polyester pillows can be cleaned in washing machines, and are most effectively rinsed when combined with liquid detergent. Wash these types of pillows using warm water.
Memory Foam Pillows: Memory foam pillows can’t be washed in the washing machine, because of the type of material and potential for damage. Try and look out for memory foam pillows that have removable covers to protect the inner foam as much as possible.
A Guide To Washing Memory Foam Pillows
The Puffy memory pillow has been engineered with ease of cleaning in mind. With a zip-n-wash cover, it is made of hypoallergenic materials that work to repel dust and dust mites from your bed. While you should routinely hand vacuum your memory foam pillow to lift off any dead skin or external debris that gets trapped into it, this doesn’t mean neglecting to learn how to wash pillows too.
Most experts recommend cleaning memory foam pillows once every two months and washing them by hand. If you’re wondering how to wash pillows made of memory foam, don’t worry - the process is actually pretty simple.
Start with a bucket or sink full of lukewarm water. For a secret sleep hack, try using a detergent that is lavender scented for some calming aromatherapy the next time you use your pillow. Submerge your pillow underwater, and gently squeeze the foam to help work the soap into a lather. You might need to refill your sink or bucket with fresh water if you find it’s getting dirty.
Once you repeat this process a few times and the water runs clear, you can now squeeze any excess liquid from your pillow, and air dry it in the sun.
How To Dry Pillows So They Stay Fresh
While learning how to wash pillows is an art in and of itself, the drying stage can be equally important.
Whether you have a memory foam pillow or not, there are a couple of quick tips that are going to help you ensure you’re keeping your pillows as fresh as possible. These include:
- Try to keep two spare pillows around that you can keep on rotation when you’re cleaning your existing ones. Not only does this allow you to fully dry out your pillows, but it’s also going to ensure you have fresh and clean ones on standby in case of any accidents or spills too.
- To keep your pillows feeling plump and fluffy, try to place clean tennis balls, dryer balls, or even dry towels in your dryer. This will speed up your drying time, and keep the fill of your pillows in place.
- Memory foam and down pillows are better air-dried since they can singe or melt, retain an odor, and get damaged in intense heat.
- Once you’re done with drying your pillow, use your hands to gently break down any clumps of filling, and shake your pillow well to redistribute and keep things nice and full.
Your pillows make up an integral part of your sleep setup. When you’re shopping for one, be sure that it meets your criteria for comfort, as well as ease of care. The best pillows should take cleaning into account for you - that means removable covers, hypoallergenic materials, and production processes that you know you can trust. After all, you do spend around 121 days of your year resting your head on one.
Learning how to wash pillows, your bedding, and your mattress can feel like a chore, but finding a rhythm and making it a quarterly habit is going to help you sleep and feel a lot better. With spring cleaning season right around the corner, these tips are going to help you tick your bedroom off your list with ease. Happy cleaning!
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