Green Ways to Clean Bed Pillows

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A surprising number of us find ourselves out on our own without some basic pieces of information.  For instance, what do you do when your pillows get dirty? They’re pretty cheap, and it’s easy to think that you’re supposed to throw them out and buy new ones, but that’s incredibly wasteful.  Over the years, you’ll spend a lot on new pillows, and you’ll be doing some real damage to the world around you.  Throwing your pillows out is silly, but many people do it because they don’t know how to clean them.  Let’s take a look at the alternative to tossing your bedding.

It’s remarkably easy to keep your pillows clean, and doesn’t take all that much effort.  You don’t have to wash them each time you do your sheets.  Once a season should be adequate.  If you or someone in your household has allergies, however, it might be worthwhile to launder your pillows more often, since they can host dust mites and other allergens.  Here’s how to keep your pillows clean.

Wash pillows without pillowcases or protective coverings on them.  These should be washed in hot water, separately.  Look at the pillow tag to find out what your pillow is filled with.  Different fills will require different treatment.  For instance, polyester fiber pillows can be easily cleaned in the washing machine, while goose down and feather pillows are a little harder to clean.  Put foam and other simple to wash pillows right in the washing machine – two to a load.  Balance them around the agitator in top loading machines to keep things stable.

Feather pillows can be machine washed, as well, but it takes more care.  Do it using a gentle detergent and the delicate cycle, and use a front loading machine if you can.  Fluff them in the dryer on low heat, or allow them to dry flat, then fluff them up by hand or put them in the dryer on an air-only cycle.  Clean down pillows only once or twice a year to keep them in good condition.

When your washer’s spin cycle is done, you’ll need to run it again.  That’s because pillows contain a lot of extra water that won’t be removed the first time.  You may also have to dry your pillows for longer than expected, because of the additional water content.  Just make sure you don’t let the heat get too high, or the pillow may scorch.  Never dry pillows in a moist area where mold and mildew may breed.  Otherwise, your washing efforts won’t do any good.

Once your pillows are clean, put them back in their protector or into their pillow case, and you’re ready to sleep on them again.  It’s remarkably easy to keep your pillows clean.  All you need to know is how to do it!

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  1. Mouse says:

    I understand driers to be one of, if not the most, bad-for-the-environment appliances in the home, so should we really be using them to dry pillows, or even owning them at all? Although I live in a flat and I have to dry everything in a small space indoors I have never resorted to having a drier.

  2. Michele says:

    I wash all my pillows one every three months in the washer- I do have a front loading machine, and it keeps them fresh and fluffy:)
    Weekly I do toss them into the dryer on HIG HEAT.

  3. Down Pillows says:

    Wash your pillow every two years for more information how to wash pillow watch this video it will help you out

  4. This is a pretty important topic that most people ignore too much. Probably the worst outcome is bedbugs….you do NOT want bed bugs, believe me!