Can you remember the last time you washed your pillow? Are you grossed out every time you pull off the pillowcase on laundry day to see it looking yellow and dingy? Rule of thumb is to wash your pillows twice a year to keep them clean, fresh, and free of dust mites. And that yellowing? The most common causes are sweat, yes you sweat while sleeping, and moisture if you fall asleep with wet hair. Ick! Let's get these bad boys clean.
How to wash (machine + hand-wash):
- Remove the pillow protector.
- Fill the sink or washing machine with very hot water. Hot water kills dust mites without the need for bleach or other harsh chemicals.
- Add mild, low-sudsing detergent. For an extra boost to fight yellowing and odor, add a 4-in-1 booster pac.
- Machine washing: Put your pillow in the machine on a gentle cycle for light agitation. Hand washing? Submerge the pillow under water and lightly agitate for 30-60 seconds.
- Rinse several times.
- Gently press excess water out of the pillow with a light colored towel. Do not wring or twist feather pillows - it will damage the feathers.
- Place the pillow in the dryer on a low-heat cycle or lay flat on a drying rack. Fluff up the pillow manually or toss it in the dryer with a few tennis balls.
Bonus tip: Use a pillow protector regularly to add an extra layer of protection to keep your pillows clean, longer.