Can You Wash Your Pillows?

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Ever wonder if you can wash your pillows like normal laundry? Pillow cases only do so much. Over time, your pillows begin to yellow and become tainted with pollutants that are not healthy to sleep on. Lucky for you, it is perfectly safe to wash and dry pillows!

Before getting into the actual washing, let’s make sure you have the knowledge you need to proceed. First, it is important to make sure you have the right pillow type to wash/dry. Down, synthetic down, and cotton based pillows are all safe to wash and dry. Foam and latex based pillows are not. They can be washed as a last resort, but never put them into the dryer as they will melt. Second, wash 2-3 pillows at a time. This is important to balance the washing machine, but also not overcrowd it. Finally, make sure you have a gentle laundry detergent to use.

Now that you know the basics, let’s get to the fun part!

  1. Load 2-3 (down, synthetic down, or cotton) pillows into the washing machine.
  2. Put in a gentle laundry detergent.
  3. Set your cycle to “delicates” and run an extra rinse/spin cycle to remove all detergent
  4. After washing, wring out any extra water.
  5. Run in the dryer.
  6. Enjoy your freshly cleaned pillow!

It really is an easy process to wash your pillows. Make sure to incorporate this into your normal laundry routine, and you will have a happy and healthy sleep year round! For extra protection to your pillows, get a pillow protector. These help prevent pollutants from reaching your pillows way better than a standard pillow case does alone.

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