How to Clean Pillows
So unless you adopt a yearly throw-away-and-replace approach, cleaning pillows is a must. You want to rest your head someplace clean and cosy. Your feather pillow tells you when you’re overdue for laundering – disgustingly enough, it get heavier due to all the dust mite droppings inside! Prevent that unpleasant thought by washing your pillow every 6 to 12 months.
Washing pillows can mean a surprising amount of hassle. So give yourself longer between washes by using a pillow protector. You don’t have to spend money, just use an old pillowcase under the top one.
|Foam||Sponge with soapy water. Don’t immerse.||Don’t squeeze out. Dry slowly indoors or out of direct sun outdoors.|
|Feather||Machine wash one at a time (because they’re so heavy when wet).||Peg on an outdoor line to dry. Be patient. Even with regular shakes, drying may take three days! Find a warm undisturbed drying place: Use an airing cupboard if you have one, otherwise leave it on a towel on the floor in front of a radiator. Make sure it’s completely dry before you sleep on it.|
|Polyester and hollow fibre||Machine wash on delicate cycle; tumble dry.||Shake and stretch back into shape before drying to avoid lumps.|
Regularly air feather pillows outside on dry days.
When you simply can’t wait for a feather pillow to line-dry, you may be driven to use the dryer. Do so at your own risk. A wet pillow may be too heavy a load for your particular dryer’s drum. Putting a child’s machine-washable trainer (sneaker) into the drum at the same time helps balance the load.