I’m a laundry pro – how to wash any type of pillow at home and know when to replace them

A GOOD pillow is the key to a good night’s sleep.

A laundry expert has broken down how to wash each pillow — as well as when to just throw it in the trash.

Pillows should be carefully washed every four months to avoid having to replace them.


Pillows should be carefully washed every four months to avoid having to replace them.

Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab, explains how each type of pillow, whether foam, down or fiberfill, has specific cleaning requirements.

Some can be thrown in the wash, others need to be dry cleaned or spot cleaned.

Others cannot be placed in the front-load washing machine.

It is best to check the care label on the pillow for the best way to clean it.

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If the tag wears off or gets lost, you’re in luck.

Forte has put together a guide to cleaning down, fiberfill, and solid foam pillows.

Most down and fiberfill pillows can be thrown in the washing machine.

Forte recommends putting two pillows in the washing machine at a time to ensure they are cleaned evenly.

Any type of washer will work fine, but if you must use one with a medium agitator, it’s best to place the pads in vertically to ensure they don’t get damaged.

Then Forte says to wash them on a gentle cycle with warm water and add an extra cold water rinse and spin cycle.

Finally, add some detergent and tumble the pillows in the dryer on low heat, stopping a few times to fluff them up and break up any clumps that form by hand. It is best to use dryer balls.

Unfortunately, you cannot put memory or latex pillows in the washing machine.

For firm foam pillows, refer to the care label or toss the pillowcases in the washing machine on the normal or gentle cycle with warm to hot water and detergent.

Then vacuum any dirt or dust on the pillow itself or place it in the dryer for 20 minutes with no heat or just air.

You can spot clean dirty spots with a damp cloth and a “sudsy soap solution,” Forte said.

Allow the cushion to air dry completely before reinserting.

But sometimes your pillow might just be beyond salvage, and it might be time to get rid of it.

“If you fold the pillow in half and it doesn’t spring back into shape, plan on going shopping,” Forte explained.

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Foul-smelling pillows are another reason to shop.

Pillows should be washed every four months and have inserts to maximize their lifespan.

If your pillow has a bad order, it's time to replace it.


If your pillow has a bad order, it’s time to replace it.

https://www.the-sun.com/lifestyle/5552745/how-to-wash-pillows-at-home/ I’m a laundry pro – how to wash any type of pillow at home and know when to replace them

Jessica MacLeish

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