How to Wash Pillows

How to Wash Pillows

Pillows are essential for a good night's sleep, but they can harbor allergens, dust mites, and more. Learn how to keep your pillows fresh, clean, and ready for bedtime.

Understanding Different Pillow Types

There are various pillow types, from feather to foam, and each requires unique care[1]. Familiarize yourself with your pillow's label for specific care instructions.

General Steps to Wash Most Pillows

1. Remove the Pillowcase and Protector

Begin by stripping your pillow of any covers, ensuring you're washing just the pillow itself.

2. Inspect for Damage

Check for tears or holes. Washing a damaged pillow might worsen the tear.

3. Use a Gentle Detergent

A mild detergent is best for most pillows. Avoid using bleach or fabric softeners.

4. Machine Wash

For most pillows, use the delicate cycle on your washing machine with warm water. Balance the machine by washing two pillows at once.

5. Rinse Thoroughly

Ensure all detergent is rinsed out by running an extra rinse cycle.

6. Dry Completely

Use low heat in the dryer and toss in a few dryer balls or clean tennis balls to fluff the pillows. Ensure the pillows are completely dry to prevent mold or mildew[2].

Professional Tips for Different Pillow Types

Memory Foam or Latex Pillows

These should not be submerged in water. Instead, spot clean any stains and let them air dry flat.

Feather or Down Pillows

You can machine wash these pillows. However, dry them thoroughly to prevent mold, and fluff them to maintain their shape[3].

Synthetic Pillows

These pillows are the most forgiving. They can be machine washed and dried, but ensure they are thoroughly dried.

Maintaining a Clean Sleep Environment

Besides washing your pillows, ensure your mattress and bedding align with the same standard of cleanliness. If in the market for a quality mattress, our 'Made in the USA' hybrid mattresses are both comfortable and easy to maintain.


Caring for your pillows enhances sleep quality and extends pillow lifespan. By following this guide, you're ensuring many nights of restful sleep ahead. For other sleep-enhancing products, visit, your trusted source for premium, 'Made in the USA' sleep solutions.

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