Do you actually ever wash your bed pillows or do you end up replacing them instead? We know they can harbor all manner of dribble, drool, sweat, flaked skin, dust, dust mites, and dirt! But, did you know most bed pillows are washable? Yes, the majority of them can be and should be washed and dried at least 2 times per year!
A FEW CAVEATS BEFORE YOU WASH YOUR BED PILLOWS…
1. Always read the care label on your pillow (if it has one) and follow the directions for cleaning.
2. Pillows can be washed in top loading as well as front loading washers but only wash 2 at a time because they need a lot of water to get thoroughly clean. Just 2 at a time will also keep your washing machine balanced properly.
3. Foam or cellulose pillows should NOT be washed. They can be
vacuumed on both sides with your vacuum's upholstery tool with the suction level lowered.
put in the dryer on no heat or air-only for about 20 minutes.
spot-cleaned with a cloth dipped in a mild sudsy solution, rinsing with a damp cloth. (Make sure the pillow air dries completely before using it).
4. As a general rule, to help your pillows stay cleaner longer, use pillow protectors and wash them regularly; monthly is best.
- Place the pillows in the washer, 2 at a time. When washing down or fiberfill pillows in a top-loading washer with an agitator, place the pillows in vertically to help prevent the pillows from wrapping around and getting damaged by the agitator.
- Set the washer to a gentle, warm water cycle at its largest capacity.
- Use only a gentle liquid detergent without harsh ingredients, stain removers or perfumes. If at all possible, put the detergent in and allow the washer to begin filling before putting in the pillows. (This cannot be done with a front-loading washer).
- After the wash cycle is completed, run the pillows through the rinse cycle again and through the spin cycle two times so any excess water will be removed.
- Dry pillows made of synthetic materials on a low to medium heat cycle avoiding high heat.
- Natural materials and down should be set on air dry only.
- If you have attempted to wash your foam pillow, they should be hung on a line to dry since the material may melt in the dryer.
- You can always add a few tennis or other dryer balls thrown in with the pillows to help the fibers to fluff up.
- Make sure to stop the dryer every 30 minutes to rotate the pillows and make sure they are drying thoroughly.
And that is all there is to it! Next time, when you think it's time to replace those bed pillows, try washing them first.
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