Pillows are an essential part of our bedding, and they need to be cleaned regularly to maintain their fluffiness, cleanliness, and overall longevity. Over time, pillows can accumulate dirt, sweat, and body oils, which can cause them to become discolored and odorous. Washing pillows is a simple process that can be done at home with minimal effort.

Check the label

Before you start washing your pillows, you need to check the care label to see if they are machine washable or not. Most pillows are, but some may require special care, such as dry cleaning or spot cleaning. If the care label says that the pillow is not machine washable, then follow the instructions provided on the label.

Pre-treat stains

If you notice any stains on your pillows, it’s essential to pre-treat them before washing. Apply a small amount of laundry detergent or spot treatment directly to the stain and rub it in gently with your fingers. Let it sit for a few minutes before washing.

Wash the pillows

When washing pillows, it’s best to use a mild detergent. Avoid using fabric softeners or bleach, as they can damage the pillow’s filling. Use a small amount of detergent, about half of what you would use for a regular load of laundry.

Wash your pillows on a gentle cycle with warm water. It’s a good idea to wash two pillows at a time to balance the load and ensure that they are evenly cleaned.

Rinse and spin

Once the washing cycle is complete, you can run an extra rinse cycle to ensure that all the detergent is removed. Then, spin the pillows to remove excess water. You may need to run the spin cycle twice to ensure that all the water is removed.

Dry the pillows

Drying your pillows correctly is crucial to prevent them from becoming moldy or lumpy. Place the pillows in the dryer on a low heat setting and add a few dryer balls to fluff them up. It’s recommended to check on the pillows every 30 minutes to ensure that they are drying evenly. You may need to run the dryer for up to two hours to dry the pillows completely.

Fluff and finish

Once your pillows are dry, give them a good fluff to distribute the filling evenly. If you notice any clumps, gently massage them with your fingers to break them up. Lastly, give your pillows a quick air out before placing them back on your bed.