Care Guide for Pillows: How To Wash and Store

March 1, 2023

Pillows are an essential item that many people use to get a good night's sleep. However, with frequent use and exposure to dirt, sweat, and other contaminants, pillows can quickly become dirty and even unhealthy if not cared for correctly. In this guide, we'll provide you with practical tips on how to wash and store your pillows, so they remain in good condition and functional, ensuring your comfort and health for years to come. Whether you have a down-filled pillow or a synthetic one, this guide will help you keep it looking and feeling great.


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The Right Way To Wash Pillows

Machine Washing Pillows

  1. Check the care label to see if the pillows are machine washable. Most synthetic and down pillows can be machine washed, but some foam or memory foam pillows should not be machine washed.
  2. Remove any pillow protectors or pillowcases from the pillows.
  3. If you have a top-loading machine, wash two pillows at a time to balance the load. If you have a front-loading machine, you can wash more pillows at once.
  4. Place the pillows in the washing machine with a small amount of mild liquid detergent. You can add a cup of white vinegar to help remove any odors.
  5. Select a gentle cycle with warm water. Avoid using hot water as it can damage the filling material.
  6. Add an extra rinse cycle to ensure all detergent is removed from the pillows.
  7. Once the wash cycle is complete, remove the pillows from the machine and squeeze out any excess water. Do not twist or wring the pillows as it can damage the filling material.
  8. Place the pillows in the dryer with a couple of clean towels to help fluff them up. Set the dryer on a low heat setting and add a couple of dryer balls or clean tennis balls to help redistribute the filling material.
  9. Check the pillows every 20 minutes until they are completely dry. Depending on the size and filling material, it may take several hours to dry completely.
Handwashing Pillows
If the care label indicates that the pillows should be hand washed, follow these steps:
  1. Fill a bathtub or large sink with warm water and add a small amount of mild liquid detergent. You can also add a cup of white vinegar to help remove any odors.
  2. Place the pillows in the water and gently massage them to distribute the soap. Do not twist or wring the pillows as it can damage the filling material.
  3. Drain the soapy water and refill the tub or sink with clean water. Rinse the pillows thoroughly to remove all the soap.
  4. Drain the water and gently press out any excess water. Do not twist or wring the pillows as it can damage the filling material.
  5. Let the pillows air dry completely.
Dry Cleaning Pillows
If the care label on your pillows says "Dry Clean Only," take them to a professional dry cleaner. Do not attempt to wash them at home as it may damage the filling material. Dry cleaning is a special process that uses solvents to clean delicate fabrics without water. Professional dry cleaners have the knowledge and equipment to handle different types of filling materials and fabrics.

How Often To Wash Pillows

Pillows can absorb sweat, oil, and bacteria over time, which can cause odors, allergies, or other health problems. It's best to wash them every 6 months or replace them every 1-2 years, depending on their condition.

The Right Way To Store Pillows

How to Hang Pillows:

  1. Use a pillow protector or a clean pillowcase to cover the pillow before hanging.
  2. Choose a hanger with clips, or use clothespins to secure the pillow to a hanger.
  3. Hang the pillow by the clips or clothespins, making sure it is evenly distributed on the hanger.
How to Fold Pillows:
  1. Fluff and smooth out the pillow to remove any lumps or bumps.
  2. Fold the pillow in half vertically, matching the edges together.
  3. Fold the pillow in half horizontally, matching the corners together.
  4. Store the pillow in a breathable storage bag or on a shelf.

Expert Advice for Maintaining The Quality Of Your Pillows

To keep pillows in top shape, there are a few practical tips you can follow. First and foremost, always follow the care label instructions. Use a pillow protector or case to avoid sweat, oil, and bacteria buildup. Use a zippered protector to prevent bugs and allergens. To maintain their fluffiness, avoid washing pillows with heavy items or overloading the washer or dryer. To extend their lifespan, avoid using fabric softeners, which can weaken the fibers and cause them to break down over time. If possible, skip the dryer and air dry them instead, or use a low heat setting with dryer balls or tennis balls to redistribute the filling material. To keep them smelling fresh, add a cup of white vinegar to the wash cycle or sprinkle baking soda on them before vacuuming. Finally, replace your pillows every 1-2 years, depending on their condition, to ensure optimal comfort and hygiene.


Just a friendly reminder that this care guide for pillows only provides general advice. Your pillows may have specific care requirements based on its material, style, and manufacturer instructions, so always check the care label before washing or storing it. If you're unsure about anything, it's always best to consult a professional cleaner. Please note that the author of this guide is not responsible for any damages or losses resulting from the use or misuse of any information from this blog.

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