How To Wash Pillows - Keeping Them Fresh [2024]

How to Wash Pillows & Keep Them Fresh

How to Wash Pillows & Keep Them Fresh

Have you ever wondered how to wash pillows? While it's common to wash our bed sheets and pillowcases regularly, we often forget about the pillows themselves. However, pillows can accumulate bacteria and dirt over time, which can affect our sleep quality and overall health. That's why it's important to wash your pillows at least every six months, depending on the type of pillow you have. 

Why Wash Your Pillows?

  • Pillows can harbour bacteria and dirt, even if they're covered with a pillowcase.
  • Washing your pillows helps preserve their condition and removes dirt and debris.
  • It keeps your pillows fresh and clean, which can improve your sleep quality.
  • It provides a hygienic surface for you to sleep on, which is especially important if you have allergies or respiratory issues.


How To Wash Your Pillows

Before washing your pillows, it's important to follow these steps:

  1. Check the label: Look for care instructions on the label to see if your pillow is machine washable. Some pillows require specific cleaning instructions, so it's essential to check.
  2. Remove pillowcases and protectors: Take off the pillowcase and protector and wash them separately.
  3. Wash in the washing machine: Put your pillow(s) in the washing machine, making sure to wash two pillows at a time for balance. Different types of pillows may require different water temperatures, so check the label.
  4. Rinse thoroughly: Ensure that all soap and detergent are removed from your pillows.
  5. Dry the pillows: Use a tumble dryer and put laundry balls with the pillows to fluff them out and ensure they're completely dry. Check them every 30 minutes to avoid overheating.


Cleaning Different Types of Pillows

There are many different types of pillows, as discussed in our Best Pillows Guide, and each type requires slightly different approaches. Here are some tips on how to clean different types of pillow:

How to wash Feather Pillows:

  • Feather pillows are easy to wash. Put them in the washing machine, add some washing powder, and use a colder temperature for the water.
  • Add an extra rinse cycle to remove any leftover soap/suds.
  • Avoid using high heat to speed up the drying process, as this can potentially damage the feathers.


How to wash Memory Foam Pillows:

  • Spot clean stains with a damp cloth and soap, avoiding soaking the foam.
  • Fill a basin with lukewarm water and soap, and gently wash the pillow to remove any dirt. Avoid twisting the foam.
  • Rinse the pillow thoroughly and gently squeeze to remove any leftover soap residue.
  • Use dry towels to remove any excess water and let the pillow dry completely in a well-ventilated area. Do not use a tumble dryer or expose the pillow to sunlight.

It's always important to check the care instructions labels before washing your pillows, as different pillows require different cleaning requirements. Don't risk ruining your favourite pillows over the silly mistake of not reading the label!

Even with regular care, pillows don't remain comfortable forever and the time will come when you should replace your pillows.

Learn more about pillows

Learn how to choose the best pillow for neck pain here.

Find out when you should replace your pillows.

Brian McCann

Our Managing Director Brian's expertise in crafting comfortable sleep experiences makes him a reliable voice for all things bedding-related. Brian publishes advice and tips on mattresses, beds and the overall sleep experience based on extensive industry experience.

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