Pillows are often overlooked when it comes to washing them. While we hope that you wash your sheets at least once a week when was the last time you really washed more than your pillowcase? Can’t remember? Don’t worry you’re not alone!
The truth is, pillows are one of the dirtiest items in our homes. Pillows can become a breeding ground for bacteria if they are not properly cared for or washed regularly. Bacteria, dust mites, and other allergens can accumulate on pillows over time, which is why it’s important to keep them clean. But… It’s also important to wash your pillows the “right way” so you don’t ruin them and remove any stains that have been accumulating over time!
In this blog post, we’ll show you how to wash your pillows in a top-loading washing machine and keep them clean and fresh.
Is it safe to wash pillows in the washing machine?
Since every pillow is different we can’t guarantee that they are all safe to wash. It really depends on what they’re made of – shredded memory foam, molded foam, down, feathers, and other materials are going to have varying washing directions so first consult the tag or website to see if your pillow is machine washable. There are pillows that are dry clean only and if you wash them yourself you run the risk of ruining it. You have been warned!
How To Wash Your Pillow In A Top Loading Washing Machine
Washing Your Pillow In A Top Loading Washing Machine
Step 1: Prepping Your Pillows
Remove the pillowcase and check for stains. If you see any stains pretreat them with OxiClean stain treatment.
Step 2: Washing Your Pillow
Wash on the gentle cycle with warm water. Most of my pillows say wash cold but I like to use warm water, it makes me feel like it’s getting cleaner. Add OxiClean to your usual detergent to really get down inside the pillow. Set it on the longest wash cycle. You may need to do two cycles to get the yellowing out. And the dirt on pillows can be stubborn! Do an extra rinse cycle as well to make sure you get all the soap out.
Step 3: Get ready To Dry
If you can, run an extra spin cycle to remove as much excess water as possible!
How to Dry Pillows in the Dryer
So you’ve washed your pillow… now what? Time to dry! This part may seem scary than actually washing the pillows but it’s actually really simple and you are less likely to ruin your pillow in the dryer than in the washing machine (though, it can happen so do pay attention while you are drying it). You may be tempted to hang dry it and avoid the dryer all together but that is the sure-fire way to get lumpy pillows. My tip for getting them fluffy again is not to hang dry. Use your dryer.
Use the lowest heat setting on your dryer to get the best results. If you’re worried that the pillow won’t take the heat well, use air dry or air fluff. It will take a long time, but the spinning and air will still take less time than air drying and it won’t get lumpy.
Make your Pillows Smell Amazing
Another way to ensure that you keep your pillows smooth and lump-free is by adding dryer balls or tennis balls in with your pillow. They help break up the lumps as the pillow dries. And, if you want your pillows to smell amazing (like Downy fabric softener, but for less money and more natural) get this linen fresh essential oil and put about 5 drops on your dryer balls!! Adjust how many drops you put on according to your preference.
If you’d rather just buy fabric softener, we recommend this bestselling fabric softener on Amazon.
Keep in mind, it will take multiple dry cycles (especially on air fluff) but it will dry eventually.
If you just don’t trust your dryer and prefer to air dry it use a hanger with clips and hang your pillow out to dry. Make sure you take down your pillow every so often and shake and fluff it, then rehang. Moving around the fluff inside will also help get it all dried out. It needs to be completely dry or you get mold and nobody wants a moldy pillow. Some pillows have an adjustable filling, so if you line dry you can just reach in and pull apart the wool filling/fluff it up should it feel lumpy.
Best Pillow For Washing
We love the Coop Homegoods pillows. Their pillow comes with an extra ½ pound of fluff so if you ever need to you can refill or refresh the foam. They’re well made and fully adjustable, which means you can add or take out the fill so your pillow is the height you want. ‘
The Eden is their softest pillow. The Original is a medium-firm pillow. And they each have a 5-year warranty so you’re not going be buying a new pillow every 6 months or so. Totally worth the cost.
Why do pillows turn yellow?
Sweat is the biggest culprit of a yellow pillow! Moisture in general will cause your pillow to turn dingy looking. So try not to go to bed with wet hair if you can avoid it. You don’t want to do an overnight hair mask either.
How do I get my yellow pillows white again?
Now if you have any pee or sweat stains on your pillow, treat that separately. You can get those nasty stains out using the same method we use to clean a mattress with pee stains. We’ve helped hundreds of people save their mattresses with this video. It really works!
How often should pillows be washed?
You don’t want to over-wash your pillows – they will break down no matter how gentle you are with them. Once every 3 months for maintenance is a good start. If something happens in between then of course wash it when needed. Once you’re done with whatever method you use, get waterproof pillow protectors. Then you hardly ever have to wash your pillows, you just wash the cover with your sheets and pillowcases each week. Much easier.
how often should you replace your pillow
Most would agree that you should replace your pillows every 1 to 2 years. After a time they wear down regardless of care and stop being supportive for your head and neck. If you notice increased back or neck pain it’s most likely time to replace your pillow!