You can wash pillows, oh yes you can!

Have you ever washed the pillows on your bed?

If you’re easily disgusted you might need to look away now. Actually, if you’re easily disgusted it’s probably in your best interest to keep reading!

Did you know there are dust mites in your pillow? Yes, the pillow where you lay your head at night. Ten percent of the weight of a two year old pillow can be composed of dead mites and their droppings. I won’t bore you with the details but if you’d like to know additional details, feel free to read more about dust mites on the Environment, Healthy and Safety Online Website.


how to wash pillows

Guidelines on how to wash pillows.

Now that you know WHY you should wash your pillows, let’s talk about HOW to wash your bed pillows.

How to wash pillows with synthetic filling:

  • Most pillows with synthetic filling can be washed in the washing machine on delicate with hot water. Check the label to be certain. It’s also wise to wash two at a time to prevent an uneven load. When drying the pillows you can add a new tennis ball or dryer ball to help the pillows retain their shape and prevent them from coming out lumpy.

How to wash down pillows or pillows with another natural filling:

  • Pillows filled with down or another natural filling should be sent to the dry-cleaners. If you must wash this type of pillow at home, it’s usually recommended that they be hand washed in warm soapy water and air dried.

How to wash memory foam pillows:

  • Memory Foam pillows can usually be hand washed in warm soapy water but should not be put in the dryer.

Of course it goes without saying that you should check the label of any pillow you plan on washing to find out specific instructions.

Hope this helps. I’m off to go wash my pillows!

Do you ever wash your pillows? If so, how often?

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  1. says

    I have washed the occasional pillow, but I really need to do the pillows on my bed this week. My allergies have been awful, and just washing the sheets and pillowcases doesn’t seem to do the trick. Thanks for the suggestion!

  2. says

    I just washed my Snoogle (pregnancy pillow) this weekend. It feels (and smells) so much better now!

    I do try to wash ours at least once a year. I ignore the mite thing because it just creeps me out, I wash them just to wash them. Our kings size pillows are a bit hefty, and go almost totally around the tub, so I try to throw tiny pillows or maybe a favorite stuffed animal into the space thats left to help balance the tub!

    (I suddenly feel the urge to wash my daughters’ pillows!)
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  3. Cellia says

    Thinking of dead dust mites in my pillows and what they had for dinner totally grossed me out. I try to wash my pillows in the winter and summer, but have never had much luck keeping them from getting lumpy. Next time I’m going to try the tennis ball in the dryer. Thanks for the hint!

  4. Anne says

    I wash my pillows about every other month. I have a front loading washer which works better than my old top loader and I put them in the dryer. I wash and dry both synthetic and foam. My only suggestion is to wash fewer pillows than the machine will hold. They come out better that way. I have small children and pets and like clean pillows. My allergies also are better when the pillows have been washed.

  5. Kam says

    I do mine once a month – twice if it’s summer (I live in South Florida – it’s a sweaty place!) plus after every illness. I usually do thing due to allergies – I’m allergic to animals and yet have a cat and a bird that regularly claim my pillows.

    I figure I can “treat” myself at the beginning of every month by doing a mini-spring cleaning…my pillows, my cloud, I go through the pantry and consolidate, ditto with pet food. I usually follow it up with a mini-spa. Nothing like climbing into a totally clean fresh-smelling bed after indulging in a super-long shower or bath 😀

  6. pat says

    be very careful doing this. i had a pillow break open and fiberfill clogged the drain requiring a visit from the maytag man

  7. Sandra says

    I buy new pillows every three to six months. Except for the six that we don’t sleep on . They are just put on the bed for decoration when we are not in it.

  8. Tee says

    I use the carpet shampooer with the upholstery attachment to shampoo my body pillows & it works really well without lumping up the filling. My synthetic pillows I just toss out & buy new pillows ’cause they’re cheap enough to replace. I’ve tried washing them & even in the bigger machines at the laundromat, they still come out lumpy. I’m allergic to feathers so only use synthetic.

  9. Samantha says

    My husband drools too much in his sleep (LOL) so I try to wash his pillows once a month. They do come out lumpy and he gets upset because they don’t have the shape like they did before. I’m reading about tennis balls. What’s up with the tennis balls. I was my pillow and the kids pillows twice a year for sure unless there’s been a sickness then they get a special wash.

  10. Rose Pitt says

    I wash my pillows at least a couple of times a year, then I hang them on the clothes line for the day. There is nothing better than to lay your head down on a clean and fresh smelling pillow. The sunshine also helps bleach out any stains that might be on them. Pleasant dreams!

  11. Carol says

    About the “tennis Balls in the dryer”:
    Try these, from
    EveryDay Willow Wool Dryer Balls Gift Set of 3, Natural by EveryDay Willow
    I have put several drops of essential oils: lavender, clove, citrus, etc (all of which are antibacterial) on each ‘ball’, for extra help in sanitizing, and for a great smell, as I don’t use dryer sheets (too many toxic chemicals!!)
    I think they’re great. Supposed to shorten drying time….

  12. Carol Griffith says

    I have memory foam and they have zippered cover. Do I wash them with it on or remove it and wash both separately? I have always just washed the cover. Never the pillow itself. They are very expensive and can’t afford to buy more than one set for a couple or 3 years.

  13. Candice Bonham says

    I use a cleanly washed pair of sneakers & throw in the dryer with my pillows. It’s noisy, but I think it’s enough weight not to be lumpy at all.

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