Friday, March 30, 2012

How to Clean a Pillow

I found out that we are supposed to wash our pillows twice a year- Who knew!

Here are the steps to wash and dry your pillows:

1. Check the tag on the pillow to make sure it can be washed- most can be.
2. Use LIQUID detergent, not powder.
3. Wash two pillows at a time to keep the washer balanced.
4. Run the rinse cycle twice.
5. For drying Down Feather Pillows, use the air cycle and make sure to dry fully since it might lead to mold issues if you pull them out still wet or damp. For drying synthetic pillows, use low heat and throw in some tennis ball inside of white socks to help refluff the pillow.


  1. When you refer to "synthetic pillows" are you referring to the memory foam pillows?? I would love to wash these in the machine!!


  2. What is the reason for no powder detergent? That's all I use and I hate to go buy liquid just for this.

    1. You can also use Dawn dishwashing liquid... it helps cut oil from your face and hair

  3. I would assume no powder because the little crystals don't dissolve properly. I made this mistake in my teens. I would recommend buying a small inexpensive bottle of liquid

  4. I made the same mistake. Risinging it more may have helped now that I think about it. But I don't have any problems with liquid

  5. I don't have a dryer..... does that that mean i can't follow this?

  6. I don't have a dryer..... does that that mean i can't follow this?

  7. Go to a laundromat

  8. Adding a tennis ball while drying will help fluff the pillows

  9. But pillows out side in the sun once a month for several hours helps in between wash. Make sure to turn pillows if you cannot hang.

  10. Really great idea to clean the pillows!

  11. If you don't have liquid soap, you can use powder but let the machine fill and agitate for one or two minutes before putting the pillows in. This will ensure the soap is well-mixed into the water before the pillows absorb the water,

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