It’s time to learn how to wash a pillow. If your pillows are looking stained or yellow, refresh them by washing them at home. You’ll learn different ways to wash pillows and find out the best method for pillow care.
I’m a big believer in cleaning and washing pillows. It really should be on your list of household chores. Pillows are one of the things in your house that you sleep with daily and also can drool on nightly, too.
Pillow care also means that the more that you take care of your pillows, the longer they’re going to last.
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How To Wash A Pillow
Instead of replacing your pillows all the time, just clean them. By cleaning your pillows, you will help to prolong their life and that means that your beloved pillow will last so much longer.
Much like your mattress, dust and skin cells can build up inside the pillow so, cleaning your pillows will also keep you healthier. They’ll smell so much better, too.
Learn How To Wash Your Pillows
The first thing you want to do is to find out what your pillow is filled with. This is important because it will help you decide the best way to clean your pillows. You can find this information out by checking the tag of your pillow. You may even find some care instructions on the tag as well while you are looking.
How To Wash A Feather Pillow (or fiber-filled, and down-filled, too)
Place your pillows in the washing machine. It is best to wash them in pairs to be sure that your washing machine stays balanced.
Having an agitator just means that there is a chance they can be damaged when being washed. To minimize the likelihood of your pillows being damaged, place them in your washing machine vertically. Still wash the pillows in pairs to maintain balance in the washing machine.
If the tags on your pillows don’t have care instructions or, like me, you snipped the tags off because they were in the way, don’t worry you can still wash them.
Directions On How To Wash Your Pillows Without Care Instructions Included
No matter which type of washing machine you have, set your washing machine to warm and use the gentle cycle. I also suggest adding in a second cold water rinse cycle if your machine will let you do so.
Your pillows can be tumble dried on low in the dryer. You can either add a couple of tennis balls to the dry to help fluff the pillows as they dry or, you can pull them out a few times during the cycle to fluff them by hand.
How to Wash Foam Pillows
These pillows, unfortunately, cannot go in the washing machine. Using the upholstery attachment on your vacuum you can clean the dust and debris off of the pillow. If you can somehow minimize the suction on your vacuum this task will be much easier for you.
Many foam pillows come with handwashing instructions but, if you don’t have them you can spot treat any areas with a soapy cloth and then ‘rinse’ with a damp cloth. No matter which way you choose to go about washing the pillow be very careful as the wet foam will rip easily since it becomes very heavy.
If you’re also wondering how to wash throw pillows, the same cleaning rules as above apply.
Cleaning and washing your pillows will help your pillows to last longer but, at some point, you will need to replace them. Sadly, no matter how much we love that one special pillow (yeah, you know the one I am talking about) it will not last forever.
A good rule of thumb for replacing pillows is if you fold it in half and it doesn’t pop right back open than it is time to replace it. This rule, however, doesn’t tend to work for foam pillows. Foam pillows should ideally be replaced every 18 months.
Washing your pillows will help you be healthier since it removes all the build-up and it helps your pillow last a bit longer than it would if it weren’t clean. If you wash your pillows at least once a month they should last a good 6-8 months.