HOW TO CLEAN BED PILLOWS
Pillows are personal. Keeping them clean is an important detail, so you can rest easy knowing that you can trust the surface where you lay your head each night. After all, it's common practice to spend hundreds or even thousands of dollars on mattresses and bed sets, while the importance of good pillow upkeep is all but an afterthought.
Sure, sheets and pillowcases get their regular laundry rotation, but your pillow needs a good cleaning every 3-4 months as well. Your pillow is often home to a variety of dirt, oils, sweat, bacteria you leave behind when you rest - even mold can develop on your pillows with time. Not only can these things break down the fill in your pillows, but they can also lead to persistent, foul odors. If you live in warmer climates where sweating at night is more common, you should clean your pillows even more frequently.
Prevention is key when it comes to pillow maintenance. A daily fluffing to shake off any dust and restore their shape. While most synthetic and down-filled pillows can be washed in both conventional and high efficiency (HE) washing machines, there are different needs for memory foam and latex foam pillows. These should be washed by hand and air-dried to avoid damaging the delicate material.
Before cleaning, check the tag on your pillow to confirm that it's washable. When in doubt about a surface, always spot test first
FOR HIGH EFFICIENCY (HE) WASHING MACHINES:
FOR CONVENTIONAL WASHING MACHINES:
FOR MEMORY FOAM OR LATEX FOAM PILLOWS:
Bonus tip: If your down or synthetic pillows are clean, give them an "air fluff" in the dryer every few months to eliminate dust.
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