Since you put your head on your pillow every night, you want to make sure it is as clean and aseptic as possible. And no, we’re not just talking about the pillowcase itself. Besides regular Clean your bedding and duvet, you should also take care of your pillows, mattress, and mattress pad. Pillows, in particular, should be washed at least two to four times a year (e.g. every four months) so that they last longer. But not all kinds of pillows – Down, fiberfill and foam – should be treated the same way.
While most models are machine washable, some are dry clean only and have front loaders Washing machine Restrictions or only recommend spot treatment. And the last thing you want is one that is laborious to keep clean. The content and care label on the pillow is the best place to start. However, if you cannot find step-by-step instructions or need additional instructions, follow these instructions from Carolyn Forte, director of Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning laboratory, how to wash pillows, regardless of size, shape or filling.
So wash and fiber-filling pillows in the washing machine
You’re in luck: Most down and fiberfill cushions are machine-friendly, which means you can just throw them in The washing machine for a refresher. Be sure to wash two pillows at the same time to keep the washing machine in balance and ensures an all-round clean. While every washing machine is sufficient, front or top loaders without an agitator (a.k.a. the large spindle in the middle of some machines) are the best choice. If an agitator-style top loader is your only option, place the cushions vertically in the tub to reduce the chance of the agitator damaging them.
It goes without saying that you should always read the pillow care label and follow the instructions accordingly. If you cut off the tag or can’t find the instructions, use this step-by-step guide:
- Choose the gentle cycle and use warm water. Then add an additional cold water rinse and spin cycle.
- Add a small amount of detergent, such as Good housekeeping Seal star tide.
- Let the pillows dry over low heat, shake them and turn them frequently. To keep the pillows firm, throw out a few dryer balls Nellies. Remember: Since pillows take longer to dry than a normal load of clothes, musty smells can occur. In this case, place pillows in the sun for a few hours to get rid of the stench.
How to wash foam pillows
Unfortunately, you can put your latex or not Memory foam pillow directly in the washing machine. Although foam pillows are resistant to dust mites, it is important to clean them regularly. As always, check the washing instructions on the pillow label or follow the Forte cleaning method described here:
- Remove the pillowcases or pillowcases and wash them according to the care label. If you cut the care label, stick the pillowcases and covers in the washing machine, choose the normal or casual cycle, and use hot water. Add detergent such as Good housekeeping Seal star tide.
- To remove dust or dirt from the pillow, vacuum both sides or tumble in the dryer for 20 minutes, without heat or with only air.
- Clean contaminated areas on site with a cloth dipped in a mild soap solution. Rinse gently with a damp cloth. (For your information, wet foam tears easily, so be careful with the water and soap solution.)
- Let the pillow air dry completely before putting it back on the bed or couch.
How to know when to replace your pillows
No matter how carefully you clean your pillows, you may need to buy new ones. The easy way to know when to throw them: “If you fold the pillow in half and it doesn’t get back in shape, plan a shopping spree,” explains Forte. If your pillows have a strange smell after a good wash, this is also the case a good idea to replace them. Use to extend the life of your pillow Liner every four to six months under your pillowcases and wash pillows.