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How To Wash Pillows in an HE Top Loading Washer

Pillows are often overlooked when it comes to washing them. While we hope you wash your sheets at least once a week when was the last time you 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 they are all safe to wash. It depends on what they’re made of – shredded memory foam, molded foam, down, feathers, and other materials will have varying washing directions, so first consult the tag or website to see if your pillow is machine washable. Some pillows are dry clean only, and if you wash them yourself, you risk ruining them. 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 to 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 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 scarier than actually washing the pillows. Still, 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 altogether, but that is the surefire way to get lumpy pillows. My tip for getting them fluffy again is not to hang them 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 to 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 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 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 it. 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 reach in and pull apart the wool filling/fluff it up should it feel lumpy.

Best Pillow For Washing

We love the Coop Home Goods 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 to 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?

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 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, get waterproof pillow protectors. Then you hardly ever have to wash your pillows. You wash the cover with your sheets and pillowcases each week. Much easier.

how often should you replace your pillow

Most agree that you should replace your pillows every 1 to 2 years. After a time, they wear down regardless of the care and stop supporting your head and neck. If you notice increased back or neck pain, it’s most likely time to replace your pillow!

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