How Often (and How) to Wash Your Pillows

How Often (and How) to Wash Your Pillows

LAAt LA Mattress Store, we understand the importance of a clean and healthy sleep environment. While many people focus on washing their sheets and pillowcases regularly, they often overlook the cleanliness of their pillows. Did you know that pillows can accumulate dirt, sweat, oils, and allergens over time? To help you maintain a fresh and hygienic sleep surface, we've put together this comprehensive guide on how often and how to wash your pillows. Let's dive in and ensure you have a clean and comfortable sleep experience!

Why Wash Your Pillows?

  • Pillows can accumulate dirt, sweat, oils, dead skin cells, and allergens over time.
  • Regularly washing your pillows helps eliminate odors, maintain freshness, and extend their lifespan.
  • Clean pillows promote a healthier sleep environment, reducing the risk of allergies and respiratory issues.

How Often Should You Wash Your Pillows?

  • It's recommended to wash your pillows every 6 months to a year, depending on the pillow type and personal preference.
  • Keep in mind that certain factors, such as allergies or excessive sweating, may require more frequent washing.

Washing Instructions for Different Pillow Types:

  1. Synthetic Pillows:

    • Check the care label for specific instructions.
    • Most synthetic pillows can be machine washed and dried on a gentle cycle.
    • Use a mild detergent and add an extra rinse cycle to remove any detergent residue.
  2. Down and Feather Pillows:

    • Check the care label for specific instructions.
    • Most down and feather pillows can be machine washed and dried on a delicate or low heat setting.
    • Use a mild detergent specifically designed for down or delicate fabrics.
    • Add a few clean tennis balls or dryer balls to the dryer to help fluff the pillows.
  3. Memory Foam Pillows:

    • Memory foam pillows require extra care, as they cannot be machine washed or dried.
    • Remove the pillowcase and spot clean any stains or spills using a mild detergent and water.
    • To freshen up the pillow, sprinkle baking soda over the surface and let it sit for a few hours before vacuuming it off.

Additional Tips for Pillow Maintenance:

  • Use pillow protectors: Investing in pillow protectors adds an extra layer of defense against spills, stains, and allergens. Wash the protectors along with your pillowcases regularly.
  • Fluff your pillows: To maintain their shape and loft, fluff your pillows daily and give them a good shake to redistribute the filling.
  • Sun and air them out: On a sunny day, take your pillows outside and let them air out to remove any moisture and odors.

By following these guidelines and incorporating regular pillow maintenance into your sleep routine, you can ensure a fresh and comfortable sleep experience. At LA Mattress Store, we offer a wide selection of high-quality pillows that are designed for durability and easy care. Visit us today to explore our pillow options and find the perfect match for your sleep needs. Rest easy knowing that you have a clean and hygienic pillow, night after night!