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October 13, 2019

How To Clean Your Pillows & Keep Them Fresh

stacked pillowsSleeping on a clean beautiful fluffy white pillow is a great feeling. However, you sleep on your pillow every night. Meaning it can take quite a beating and is bound to soak up sweat and skin cells. So how do you keep your beautiful fluffy pillow from getting gross? It isn’t like you can throw it in the washer and dryer. Well, we have several levels of defense on how to clean your pillows and keep them fresh.

Whether you’re starting out with a new pillow and want to keep it that way, or if you have an old pillow that needs a refresh, we have you covered. Keep reading to find out all of our tips and tricks to maintain a fresh and clean pillow.

Follow Washing Instructions

All pillows typically come with washing instructions. These instruction can vary widely between different pillows and manufacturers. If your pillow specifically says to spot clean only, then be sure to take that advice. It is important to always follow your manufacturers instructions as they have done the research to know what their specific pillow can and cannot handle.

Do you need to wash your mattress too? We can help you with that too. Click Mattress Care to find out the best way to remove stains and keep your mattress like brand new. 

Machine Wash & Dry

how to keep your pillow cleanIf your pillow is durable enough for a machine wash and dry, then you are one of the lucky ones. Make sure you always use gentle detergents, gentle cycles, and low heat. However, the biggest trick to fully machine washing and drying a pillow is making sure your pillow is COMPLETELY dry. If you for pillow is even partially damp mildew and mold can begin to grow on the inside causing a lot of gross issue. Including potential health risk.

Using wool dryer balls not only will these dryer balls help to break up clumps that may form and hold onto moisture. They will also help to soak up extra moisture and make the drying process faster and more effective. If you are not 100% sure that your pillow is dry when you take it out, then we suggest allowing it to dry outside or in a super well ventilated area for at least 24 hours before you use it again.

Once again, getting your pillow COMPLETELY dry is the more difficult part of machine washing your pillows. It is also the most important for your help and the longevity of your pillow.

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Spot Clean

spot clean stained pillowsFor all those with pillows that cannot be washed in the washing machine, it is time to learn how to spot clean. If you have a cover to your pillow that can be washed or dried separately, then start by washing that case first. If your pillow underneath is also stained then here is where you will being your spot treatment.

Start with a gentle detergent and dilute it with a bit of room temperature water. Then take a wash cloth and gently dab the area with the soapy water. Gently rub as necessary, try to keep as little moisture from seeping into the pillow as possible. Once you are finished, dry the pillow bring ringing the area out, blotting with a dry wash cloth, or by allowing it to air dry.

Refresh Your Old Pillow

fluf your pillowsIs your pillow a little down in the dumps? Not yet yellow or needing a full deep clean, but just needing a good freshening up? We got you covered. We can all learn a thing our two from our Grandmothers. They knew what they were doing when they ritualistically fluffed all of the pillows. Giving your pillow a good beat down and fluff up does more than just maintain shape. It also helps to beat out dust and allergens that can make your pillow less than fresh.

Does your pillow need a little more than a fluffing? Break out the vacuum cleaner. You would be surprised (and likely disgusted) by how much dust will be collected in your vacuum after you give your pillow a cleaning. Getting all of that out is sure to help you sleep better.

Sanitize Your Pillow

how to sanitize your pillowsIf your pillow is not machine washable, and you need to disinfect your pillow, we really only have two options for you. We have read that the sun is naturally disinfecting and that if you lay your pillows out on a particularly sunny day that it has to power to kill a multitude of yucky germs. However, if you just had the flu and it has been rainy for weeks, you will not find that tip very helpful.

Or go to pillow disinfectant plan goes as follows. Wash your sheets, the majority of your germs will be in your sheets. Give your pillow a good fluffing, vacuum if necessary. Spray lightly with a disinfecting spray like Lysol. Just be sure the spray you use does not contain any bleaching agents.

Keep Your New Pillow Clean

keep your pillow freshThe best way to ensure you always have a clean pillow is to ensure it never gets dirty in the first place. How can you do that you ask? Why with the combination of keeping your sheets clean and investing in a quality pillow protectors. It is honestly as simple as that. If you wash or change your sheets regularly, it helps to prevent excess oil and sweat from your skin to seep through your pillow case and into your pillow.

While if you use pillow protectors, your pillow will be safe and clean, even if you suffer from heavy night sweats or drooling. Even if you get a big spill, your pillow should be safe underneath. We particularly like the pillow protector from Coop, because it is soft and cool while also being completely waterproof. Click here to check them out.

Do you know how often you should be washing your sheets? We do. Click the link to find out whether or not you’re washing your bedding as often as you should be.

Keep Your Pillow Smelling Fresh

un-stink your pillowDoes you pillow stink? It could be time to say goodbye, or it might just need a little help. Are you a heavy sweater at night, or a consistant drooler and you’re sleeping without a pillow protector? Or did you try to wash you pillow and sleep on it before it was completely dry? If you said yes to either of these, then you may have mold or mildew growing inside your pillow causing the stink. If that is the case, then unfortunately it is time to say goodbye.

However, if your typically use a pillow protector, wash your sheets regularly, and you pillow just needs some freshening up to smell extra nice, then we have a few tips for you. The first is to get some fabric freshener, or pillow spray. These tend to be a light mists that add a fresh scent to your pillow. If you want you pillow to continue smelling lovely, try slipping an unused dryer sheet in between your pillow and your pillowcase. This makes your pillow smell freshly washed, even if you go an extra week or two between washes.

Want more tips on how you can keep your bedroom smelling fresh? Visit our page Best Bedroom Fragrance & Safe Scents For Bedrooms to learn all of our fav tricks on keeping your bedroom smelling amazing.

Goodbye Yellow Stains

take away the yellow pillowThe bane of any pillow lover’s existence. If you have ever fallen in love with the perfect pillow, then you know the struggle of the old yellow pillow dilemma. The easy fix is to throw it out and get a new one. However, if you can’t let go of that oh so familiar comfort, there are ways to try and get your pillow looking back to its old self again.

Keep in mind that this is a last resort and if you use a pillow protector and a wash your sheets regularly, then you should never reach this point. Machine washing is the best way to lemon vinegar hydrogen peroxidereally deep wash your yellow pillows and get your pillow white again. For this particular washing cycle we suggest filling your washing machine with the hottest water you can get. Then add 1/2 cup Hydrogen Peroxide, 1/2 cup Lemon Juice, and 1/2 cup white distilled vinegar to the wash. After that cycle is finished, run it again with plain laundry detergent.

Then tumble dry on low heat with tennis balls or wool dryer balls as normal. Some pillows should never be machine washed. So be sure to check your care instructions before trying this.

How To Clean Your Pillows & Keep Them Fresh

There is nothing quite like sleeping in a fresh clean bed. Having clean pillows is not only good for your sleep but also for your overall health. So don’t forget, protectors are for pillows too, not just your mattress. Washing your sheets regularly is also a great way to keeping your bed and pillows fresh and clean. Fluff your pillows daily. If you need an extra boost to your spot treated pillow, we love bleach free disinfectant and pillow sprays. If you just want a bit of fresh scent, sachets and dryer sheets are a great addition to sleep into your pillow case. We hope you find these tips help you to continue sleeping sweet.

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Not sure how to clean your mattress? No worries, we can help you there too. Just visit our page Mattress Care: How To Clean A Mattress to learn more.