How to Clean Your Bed Pillows

How to Clean Your Bed Pillows

 

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How to Clean Your Bed Pillows

Instructions

  1. Buy pillow protectors; these are handy for minimizing exposure to dust and dirt.
  2. Use pillowcases to help keep your pillows clean. They protect against sweat and dust as well.
  3. Now for the real stuff, washing your pillows to make them really clean and get rid of what the protector and pillowcases could not keep out. This is safe for most pillows:
  4. Set your washing machine on the ‘delicate’ or ‘gentle wash cycle’
  5. Use a gentle liquid soap
  6. Include a few drops of bleach. If your pillows are not white, use color-fast bleach.
  7. Toss in a few sheets of fabric softener or follow the manufacturer’s instructions if using liquid fabric softener.
  8. Rinse more than once to remove all soap residues.
  9. Use the spin dry feature two or three times to get the pillows as dry as possible.
  10. Transfer the pillows to the dryer. During the dry cycle, periodically turn the pillows and give them a couple of punches to fluff them. One cycle will not get them dry, so be prepared to run more than one cycle. When you are satisfied that the pillows are dry, remove them from the dryer.

If you do not want to use a washer for your pillows, do the following:

  1. Fill a large tub with lukewarm water, add detergent and a few drops of bleach
  2. Place the pillow in the water and cover; let it stand for about thirty minutes.
  3. Squeeze the pillow a section at a time to wash
  4. Rinse in clean water three or more times to remove soap residue
  5. Place pillows on a flat surface to drain off excess water
  6. Place in a dryer with some tennis balls to ensure fluffiness; set to air dry.
  7. Even though your pillow may feel dry, the inside may still be wet. You need to get this dry as well so as not to provide a breeding ground for mold.
  8. Remove the pillows from the dryer and hang in a moisture-free environment for a day or two to get them completely dry. Once dried inside and out, your clean pillow is ready for you and your bed once again. Make cleaning your pillows a monthly activity.