How To Wash Pillows To Make Them Look And Feel As Good As New

So how dirty are your pillows? Well, pillows can trap oils, dead skin cells and dirt in their fibers,

not mention those pesky dust mites! It’s recommended that you wash your pillows every three months (minimum) to maximize the lifespan of your pillows (because how hard and long does it take you to find the perfect pillows?) and keep your face clean from bacteria that could cause acne and other unpleasant skin reactions. Not to get crazy here, but hello…allergies people!! We keep running around the house disinfecting and wiping down everything; Lysol and Febreeze fill the air because damn it, I want to breathe properly when I am sleeping or cuddled up on my sofa squishing my favorite throw cushion. Not in a million years did I look to my pillows as a reason to that problem, but all is well in the world again and I am going to give you all a crash course in how to wash pillows (all of them). In the Caribbean, my mom used to hang the pillows using a basket hanger like contraption and she called it “sunning the pillows” to kill germs. Well, mom today I am using modern methods because I need to know for sure that my pillows are clean.

Some folks ask well, can you wash pillows? ABSOLUTELY! I have found that a lot of us think that by changing the covers we are keeping things pretty clean and staying in control. Negative, ok? negative. Those fluffy filled cotton balloons have to be washed (did we ever look at the wash tags that come attached to the thing?). So let us look at the various ways we can accomplish this necessary task and let me warn you, today there won’t be any creative home decorating projects, no making money from home ideas, no dream home ideas, no spa day party at home ideas…none of that. If you think that’s what this is about, abort right now because the only awesome home ideas we will be looking at pertains to washing our pillows religiously.

Diving right into machine wash pillows – pretty simple – mild detergent, warm water, and a delicate cycle. You can wash up to two pillows at a time and yes feather pillows included. Handwashing pillows – warm water, mild detergent and agitate – same premise except by hand, and my fave, dry cleaning pillows. I drop them off at my laundromat and they come back fresh as daisies. Drying the pillows would be slightly different depending on the material inside and outside of your pillows. For instance, when using the dryer, tumble dry and no heat for feather pillows, but use low heat for your synthetics, if you have an area that you can air dry your pillows, that’s even better. What’s important is that we keep them clean, thanks for staying and listening to my rant. Please pass this invaluable knowledge around so other people can get with the program. (smile)

Throwing tennis balls in the dryer with the pillows. | energy efficient home ideas

Throwing tennis balls in the dryer with the pillows. | energy efficient home ideas
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Using energy efficient home ideas to dry pillows quicker and keep them fluffy? yes, please!

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Keeping colors bright on your throw pillows. | smart home ideas

Keeping colors bright on your throw pillows. | smart home ideas

Some smart home ideas for keeping those colors bright on your throw pillows are: Wash with color safe or very mild liquid detergents and use a delicate cycle.

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Caring for your memory foam pillows. | how to wash pillows

Caring for your memory foam pillows. | how to wash pillows

How to wash pillows made of memory foam? Well, definitely not in the washing machine; fill a big basin with warm water and a small mild liquid detergent, then submerge the pillow and gently agitate. Next, rinse in cool water until it runs clean (remember do not wring).

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How to machine wash pillows with blood stains.

How to machine wash pillows with blood stains.

To remove blood from your pillow, simply cold wash with mild detergent (do not use warm water) if you still have a stain, spot treat with some bi-carbonate soda and hydrogen peroxide paste (how to machine wash pillows).

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Getting makeup off of the pillows. | home ideas

Getting makeup off of the pillows. | home ideas

So we had a long night and we didn’t get to wash our makeup off…it’s morning and your pillow has makeup stains everywhere! Don’t worry (home ideas to the rescue) get a damp paper towel and blot as much of the makeup off as you can. Next, spot-treat using a diluted mixture of Dawn dishwashing soap and water.

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Food stains on the pillows. | can you wash pillows

Food stains on the pillows. | can you wash pillows

You can’t remember how many times you tell the kids, do not eat on the bed. Now you have to remove garlic oil from the pillow, the good news is – this won’t take long (depending on the size of your food stain) can you wash pillows? Yes, but you don’t have to; instead mix together some Dawn dishwashing liquid (great for oil-based stains) and water and apply directly to the area, leave it for a few minutes and then with a clean damp cloth, wipe until the area is clean.

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Knowing when to replace your pillows. | organize home ideas

Knowing when to replace your pillows. | organize home ideas

There are going to be times when no matter how much you clean your pillows you need to just replace them already (organize home ideas). Look for signs of flatness, lumps, discoloration or allergy symptoms. If you experience any of those then it’s time to get some new ones.

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Pay attention to your washing instructions on pillow tags.

Pay attention to your washing instructions on pillow tags.

I know we ignore these pillow tags all the time, but if you are ever unsure about how to proceed with caring for your pillows, those tags can help you out immensely with the “how-to” regarding caring for your pillows.

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Airing out the pillows at least twice a month can help keep it clean.

Airing out the pillows at least twice a month can help keep it clean.

Making sure you air your pillows out in the sun twice a month can help eliminate germs since the sun’s ultraviolet rays help sanitize the areas exposed.

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Drying pillows properly to keep them fluffly.

Drying pillows properly to keep them fluffly.

Always opt for the safer route, tumble dry on low heat always (fluffing frequently). Don’t forget the tennis balls!

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