How to Wash Pillows
You clean your sheets once a week and your comforters every season. In all the craziness of day-to-day life, it can be easy to forget to clean your pillows, but it’s just as essential to clean your pillows as it is to clean any other linens. Your pillows can collect oils, dirt and other particles over time, making them less soft and less healthy for your skin. If you use pillow covers, you can extend the amount of time between washes, but you should still wash your pillows a few times a year. Washing pillows is not a hard task if you follow some basic steps.
Step 1: Prepare your pillows for wash
Remove your pillowcases and covers so that only your naked pillow remains. You can throw the cases and covers in the wash with your pillows if you wish, but they do need to be separated from the pillows to give them a thorough wash.
Step 2: Wash them two by two
Wash your pillows two at a time to get the best clean and reduce strain on your washing machine. Most drums should easily accommodate two pillows placed on either side of the drum. With one pillow on each side, the drum is perfectly balanced, ensuring that your machine runs properly and gives your pillows the perfect wash they deserve.
Step 3: Add detergent
When washing pillows, it’s best to use a gentle liquid detergent. Using such a product ensures that you don’t react to any potential chemical irritations or allergens in the cleaning agent. Liquid detergents leave behind fewer residues, which will help your pillows get a perfectly clean rinse at the end of the wash.
Step 4: Soak and wash
Soak your pillows in cold water for 15 to 30 minutes before the wash to remove any stains or discoloration that has accumulated over time. If you need to use a stain remover, apply it before filling the drum with water. After the soak is complete, drain the water and run your pillows on the wash setting with hot water, remembering to add the detergent before you hit the start button. Hot water will help to kill any bacteria or other organisms in your pillows. Follow your wash cycle with a double rinse, to ensure that all soap residue is removed from the pillows.
Step 5: Dry
The quickest and best way to dry your pillows is to throw them in the dryer with some tennis balls or designated dryer balls. The weight of the balls will bounce around the dryer, increasing airflow to all areas of your pillows and fluffing them up in the process. Once the dryer is done, you can remove your pillows, place the covers and cases back on them and return them to your bed or couch to give you and your family a clean, fresh-smelling place to rest your weary heads.