How To Wash The Pillows In The Washing Machine?
Dust, dust mites, and molds can build up inside a pillow. And the surface can become a breeding ground for acne causing bacteria. To prevent both acne and allergies, you should regularly clean your pillow and pillowcase. In this article, you’ll learn how to wash the pillows and the pillowcase in a washing machine.
Can I wash any Pillow in the Washing Machine?No, you can’t. Not every pillow fill enables you to wash the pillow in a washing machine. Materials that should not be washed in the washing machine include:
- Memory foam
What Setting Should I Use to Wash a Pillow in the Washing Machine?To get the best results without damaging the pillow, you should ideally use:
- Slightly warm water
- Gentle Cycle
What Type of Washing Machine is Suitable for Washing a Pillow?Ideally, one without an agitator. But it hardly matters much. A gentle wash cycle with or without an agitator can be used to wash a pillow. Further, both top load and front load washing machines are appropriate for washing pillows.
What to do after I’ve Washed the Pillow?Let it dry out in the sun. Drying a pillow out in the sun does the following:
- Gets rid of the moisture inside the pillow
- Gets rid of the odor
- Kills bacteria
Cleaning Foam PillowsPillows that you can’t wash in a washing machine include:
- Memory foam pillows
- Latex pillows
- Vacuum the surface
- Deodorize the foam
- Spot clean
Vacuum the SurfaceTo vacuum the surface, simply remove the pillowcase and, with preferably a hand held vacuum cleaner, vacuum the surface of the pillow. Once all the dust is vacuumed off of the surface, you can continue using the pillow. Note: you can also use a piece of cloth to dust off the surface of the pillow.
Deodorize the FoamIf you can smell odor coming out of your foam pillow, then it’s time to deodorize it. To deodorize a foam pillow, follow the steps provided below:
Even though these steps are written for memory foam, you can use them to deodorize a latex pillow.
How to Wash a Pillowcase in the Washing MachineWashing a pillowcase in the washing machine largely depends on the material used for the case. Some delicate materials must be hand washed in order to protect them from damage. Silk is one such item. To hand wash a pillowcase, follow the steps provided below:
- Soak the pillowcase in water for 15-30 minutes.
- Add detergent to the water.
- Gently rub the pillowcase against itself in the water.
- Rinse 3-4 times
- Let it air dry.