Here's How To Clean Your Pillow

September 18, 2018

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While we wash our sheets on a regular basis, have you ever washed your pillow?  Just like your sheets, your pillow can harbor dirt, oils, sweat and other stuff that bacteria, mold and fungi love!  So now is a great time to clean your pillow and the first step is so simple!  Give your pillows a daily fluffing to restore their shape and remove dust. Then every month or so hang them outdoors on a clothesline for a few hours or run them through the dryer on the no-heat cycle. Unless your pillow is marked “dry clean only” you should wash most pillows about twice a year following care label instructions. If your washing machine is large enough, wash two pillows at a time to help balance the load and allow the water and detergent to circulate more effectively. The agitator on conventional top-loaders can be tough on pillows, so it’s best to agitate on the gentle cycle only for a few minutes. For down and feather pillows wash with a small amount of a mild powder detergent (liquids may not complete wash out leaving your pillow sticky). Massage the pillow in the detergent solution if you can, to ensure that the down is thoroughly wet. When drying use the no-heat air-dry setting and dryer balls or tennis balls to break up clumps. Wash polyester pillows with warm water on the gentle cycle and be sparing with the detergent. Use about 1 tablespoon of liquid soap. Dry the pillow for a good hour on moderate heat. Adding a couple of dry towels will speed things up. Toss in two fresh tennis balls, as well, and they’ll keep the filling from clumping as they bounce around the drum. As memory foam or latex cannot be washed, spot-treat any stains, preferably as they happen, and to use a pillow cover to extend its life.

SOURCE: Consumer Reports

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