Pillow in the washing machine.

CAN PILLOWS BE WASHED IN A WASHING MACHINE?

Most pillows, including down and feather, are machine washable. Some, like memory foam, are not. Always check the care label for specific instructions on how to wash your pillow. While methods may vary, some general rules apply:

  • Wash two at a time to balance the load.

  • Wash in the warmest water recommended.

  • Select a gentle cycle.

  • Use only a small amount of detergent.

  • Select the second rinse option, if available, to make sure all the detergent is rinsed clean.

Pillow in dryer.

WHEN IT'S TIME TO DRY

Here are some simple guidelines for how to dry your pillows. Always make sure to check your care label for specific drying instructions.
  • Most pillows should be dried on a low heat setting.
  • Dry down and feather pillows on a no-heat, air dry setting.
  • Add dryer balls to fluff the pillows.
  • Check that the pillows are dry before removing to help prevent mildew growth. 
Open pedestal drawer.

HOW TO WASH PILLOWS WITH MEMORY FOAM

Always check the care label, but memory foam should usually be hand washed to prevent it from breaking apart. It can be rinsed in water but shouldn’t soak for any length of time. Depending on how dirty your pillow is, try one of these methods to freshen it up:

 

  • Sprinkle baking soda on each side and let sit for one hour. Vacuum clean. 

  • Spot clean with a solution of water and mild detergent.

  • Rinse with water and mild detergent. Gently squeeze water out until it runs clear.

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