Guide to Washing a Pillow
Having a clean pillow is essential for a happy, healthy night’s sleep. Although most people wash bedding and pillow cases on a regular basis, pillows often get forgotten about, and left to collect dust.
How Often to Clean Pillows
Ideally, pillows should be cleaned every six months to prevent mold and bacteria. Washing pillows will also get rid of any odors, stains and dust.
How Long Does It Take?
Can You Wash a Pillow in the Washing Machine?
The majority of pillows (down and synthetic) can be washed in the washing machine on a low heat and gentle cycle. It is advised to use just a small amount of liquid detergent, as powder detergent can leave a residue behind. To ensure pillows stay protected throughout the washing process, place them in pillowcases during the cycle. If there is enough room in the washing machine, putting two pillows in at a time can help to balance out the load.
Washing Foam, Silk and Latex Pillows
Drying Feather, Down or Synthetic Pillow
Feather, down and synthetic filling:
After washing, most feather, down and synthetic pillows can be placed in the tumble dryer on a low heat setting, but it’s best to double check the pillow’s care label beforehand. Adding a couple of rubber drying balls can help the pillows to dry, and keep them plump and fluffy. After tumble drying, leave the pillows in a warm place, like an airing cupboard for a day or so, until they are completely dry. Not allowing pillows to dry out completely can cause damp.
Drying a Foam, Silk or Latex Pillow
Getting Pillows White Again
Machine washing may be enough to get your pillows white again. However, for more stubborn stains, try spot treating with spray stain remover. If the pillows are quite far gone, you can mix a cup of vinegar and washing soda in with your wash - followed by a hot wash with no detergent.