How to Clean your Pillows
|January 22, 2013||Filled under allergies, cleaning, get clean, health, laundry, shaklee|
You know those household jobs that frequently fall to the bottom of the “to-do” list, even though they probably SHOULD be done more often? Yeah…this is one of those things.
Washing your pillows is especially important if you suffer from allergies, because (get ready for gross) there are TONS of dust mites that build up over time. Add sweat, oils, etc. and…are you disgusted yet? Pillows can double in weight over time because it absorbs so much “yuck” from us.
Some people recommend washing pillows every month, but if it’s not realistic for you to remember to do it monthly, then aim for 1-2 times a year at a minimum. Why set yourself up for failure, right? :)
If you have a SYNTHETIC pillow, wash on regular cycle with warm water, using a mild detergent. Wash two at a time, especially if you have a top-load washing machine (due to the agitator). I usually add my favorite stain remover to the load as well.
You will probably need to run an extra spin cycle to get as much moisture out of the pillows as possible.
Then, dry on low with a couple of tennis balls thrown in (I put each tennis ball in a sock and tie it to prevent staining from the ball). The tennis balls also help with fluffing the pillow back up. If the pillows feel like there is any moisture still or have a damp smell, put them in for another dryer cycle.
For DOWN pillows, check your labels, but you should be able to follow the same directions above, except wash on delicate cycle.
If you’ve had your pillows for longer than a few years, it might just be time to replace them. Washing them may get them clean, but they probably won’t fluff up to where they originally were.
How often do you wash your pillows?