When it comes to washing your pillows, a lot of people seem to think that washing pillowcases is already enough to do the trick. The truth? This is only the tip of the iceberg. To make sure your fluffy sleeping companions are 100% clean and germ-free, you will also need to give them a separate cleaning action.
So how do you start?
Luckily for you, we’ve compiled the best ways to wash pillows of different types — from memory foam to polyester cushions and all the way to buckwheat pillows. Read more to find out how you can get started.
If you have down and fiberfill pillows, then you’re in luck! These fluffy sleeping pals are very machine-friendly, making them extremely easy to clean, wash and maintain. But before you start tossing them into the machine, make sure that you separate them in batches of two. This will allow the machine to wash two pillows thoroughly for a fresher clean.
Front- or top-loading washing machines without an agitator are also the best choice for tidying up these pillows. However, if you only have an agitator-style top loader, don’t fret! Simply place the pillows vertically to prevent the risk of getting them damaged by the agitator. Here’s how you can get started:
Washing your latex or memory foam pillows? Forget tossing them inside the washing machine. When it comes to these pillows, you’ll have to clean them by hand to preserve their shape and form. Here’s how:
Tidying up your dirty polyester pillows? Turn on the washing machine and following these easy, simple steps:
Buckwheat pillows, or Sobakawa, are traditional Japanese pillows that are made of — you guessed it — buckwheat seeds. Since they are one of the most comfortable sleeping pillows available today, they also need extra care and attention when it comes to washing. Here’s how you can clean them:
While cleaning your pillows regularly can help preserve their original form and quality, there will come a time when you need to bid goodbye and replace them with new sleeping companions. So when’s the perfect time to toss them away? Simple. If they still give off a strong and unusual odor after repeated washes.
But to prevent this from happening, experts recommend using liners under your pillowcases and washing pillows every four to six months.