It’s important to wash your pillows every three to six months. Not convinced? According to one statistic, skin cells and oils and dead insects like mites (and their droppings) can make up one-third of your pillows’ weight after two years. That should be more than enough motivation! Here’s how to wash your pillows so you can keep sleeping easy.
Find at least two pillows that need to be washed, and read their care labels to ensure they are machine washable.
Roll up your pillows lengthwise, and secure the middles and ends with rubber bands to minimize any clumping of the pillow filler during the wash.
Set your washing machine to the settings recommended on the pillows’ care labels, add a small amount of mild liquid detergent, place two pillows into the machine to evenly distribute the load and then start the cycle.
Run the pillows through the rinse cycle twice after the initial wash to ensure all the soap is rinsed out.
Dry your pillows according to the care label. If you’re able to put them in the dryer, consider placing a few clean tennis balls or wool laundry balls in with the load to speed up the dry time and prevent clumping. You can also dry pillows by laying them out flat, ideally in warm, dry air under sunlight. Continue drying the pillows until the filler is completely dry throughout, fluffing them up and allowing them to cool slightly between additional dryer cycles.
Additional care tips
Pillow protectors can help your pillows stay cleaner and last longer. Pillow protectors and covers should be washed every three weeks or so. The covers, protectors and pillows themselves may need to be washed more often if you live in a warm climate or are prone to night sweating.
You should replace your pillow entirely every one to three years. Pillows that have become flat, lumpy or discolored or don’t spring back immediately after being folded in half are usually ready to be replaced.
They say a clear conscious is the softest pillow, so with the confidence that you’re caring properly for your pillows, you ought to sleep twice as well. Sweet dreams!