Most of us wash our sheets fairly regularly, but it's easy to neglect to wash your pillows. Here's why you should do it and how.
If it's been a while (or never) since you've washed your pillow, it does contain some gross things like sweat, oils, drool, dirt, mold, bacteria and dust mite scales. Sheet!
Cushions are not easy to wash and dry, so we learn why you do not throw them in the wash all the time. Depending on the materials in your pillows, be careful when washing. However, the effort is worth it because a freshly washed pillow contains less allergens and you sleep better.
Before you wash your pillows
Between washing you can do some things to keep your pillow fluffy and ventilated.
First, they are shaken and shaken every day. Pillow fluff is a big habit when you make your bed. Lint restore the shape of the pillow, shake off the dust and vent it. Some pillows (such as the solid memory foam) no longer shake in shape. From time to time you can throw these pillows into the dryer in a cycle without heat (high heat damages many plastics) in order to vent them.
Hang your pillows out, if possible, once a month. A few hours in the warm sun on a windy day (whether cold or hot) refresh your pillows. If you wash your pillows too often, the fibers can be decomposed. So if you hang them out, they stay fresh. The ultraviolet rays of the sun also kill off all surface bacteria.
How (and when) do you wash your pillows?
Before we start washing your pillow, you may be wondering how often you should do it. The typical recommendation is every three months so that you can schedule your laundry as the season changes. You can adjust this schedule if you use an allergen sheath or cushion guard, as these will break down the debris. If it is only chemically cleaned, it can be damaged by washing with water. If you know the material that your "dry clean" pillow contains, you may be able to tell if you can wash it at home.
If the label says your pillow can be washed normally or by hand, you can follow the instructions. but they will not be very detailed. Let's break down the basic washing instructions for pillow material.
Before you start washing, make sure that you can thoroughly dry your pillows. Not all can withstand the heat of a dryer, so you may need to hang them outside. Moist cushions left inside can grow even more mushrooms and bacteria. The last thing you want is a moldy pillow. So do not wet it unless you can dry it too much immediately afterwards. You may need to go to the Laundromat several times a year if your home computer is not big enough. Agitators damage cushions, so a front loader washing machine is ideal for them.
Because polyester pillows are the cheapest option, they are likely to be found in most of the country's bedrooms. They are also one of the easiest to wash types.
You can wash your polyester-filled pillow on delicate cycle in warm water. Wash more than one wash at a time to keep the load balanced. You only need a small amount of detergent (one tablespoon is sufficient).
You can dry polyester pads over medium heat. Make sure you leave them on until they are completely dry. If you throw a few tennis balls into the dryer with your pillows, they always stay fresh. If it's a warm day with a breeze, hang it outside to dry.
Down and feathers
Down and feather pillows require slightly finer care than polyester pillows. You definitely want to use a mild detergent or a product designed specifically for washing down and feather pillows. Powdered detergent may be a better choice because liquid detergent can leave a sticky coating on the springs and cause clumping.
Never dry feather or down pillows when setting the dryer in the heat. Always use an air-dry setting without heat. Use dryer balls to prevent down and feather from clumping together. You can hang your down and feather pillows dry, but make sure they dry completely before you make the bed.
You should not wash your memory or latex foam pillows in the washing machine. but you can wash them on the spot. Since you only clean them externally, the drying time for memory or latex foam cushions does not take long. And you can just let them sit until they are dry.
To keep the memory foam pillows clean longer, you can use a pillowcase between the pillow and your pillowcase. This adds another layer of protection and reduces cleaning costs.
Cushions filled with crushed memory foam, such as the popular MyPillow product line can generally be machine washed. Make sure.
If you like the coolness and comfort of buckwheat husks in your pillow, you still need to clean them a few times a year. You can do this by emptying the hulls onto a baking tray and setting them outside in the sun. The fresh air and heat remove odors. If a good sunny airing does not refresh you, you can always buy a new filling for your pillows.
If the buckwheat is outside, wash the peel cloth in cold water with a mild detergent (in the machine or by hand). , Dry the fabric bowl in the dryer or on the clothesline.
The next time you pull the sheets off the bed, take more time to wash your pillows. Add a reminder to your calendar, which you'll need to re-run in three months to keep it clean and fresh.