How to keep your bedroom pillows fresh and clean?

How to clean pillows

The average person should wash linen and bedsheets at least once a month, but how regularly do people wash the pillow itself?

Truth is, most people can’t really recall when was the last time the washed their pillow, and in case you’re one as well – here’s a little something to help figure out how and when you should do so:

Professional advice calls for proper steam cleaning of pillows at least once every 4 months and properly washing pillows twice a year. In case you live in a home, rich in moisture, then you should definitely do it more often. 

But.. why should I wash my pillows in the first place?

Here’s why you should regularly wash your pillows:

Many think that taking regular care of your pillowcases is enough, but truth is, it’s absolutely not.

It’s common sense and… also based on scientific research, but turns out that neglecting the freshness and hygiene of pillows can (and most likely will) lead to the growth of dust mite colonies. According to the mattress cleaning guide at, the terrifying numbers say that for the period of two years, dust mites might accumulate up to ? of the weight of your pillow in various organic leftovers! If that doesn’t bother you, then nothing will. 

But.. do you really know what this means?

It means that people sensitive to allergens will literally live in 24/7 nightmare. According to the experts behind the Casper mattress reviews, an uncomfortable pillow is as bad as an uncomfortable mattress. 

How to was the various types of pillows?

Cleaning down pillows:

Down pillows are not much different from regular ones. It is stuffing that sets both apart. Down pillows are filled with fowl-earned feathers. Yes, these are the type of feathers you get from chickens, ducks, geese and etc. Moving forward.

Mind what tags say.

There are one too many types of bedroom pillows and that’s why you should always take tags into proper consideration. Some say that you can wash via a washer, while others stand for mandatory handwashing.

How to clean pillows via a machine wash?

  1. Remove the pillowcase.
  2. Look out for ripples and other signs of damage.
  3. Mind balancing the washer. Always put 2 pillows in.
  4. Mind how much detergent you use.
  5. Keep cycles at a gentle pace.
  6. Set tumble driers at a low temperature.
  7. Fluff and turn every 10 to 15 minutes.

How to clean pillows by hand-washing?

  1. Find a vessel big enough to fit your pillow.
  2. Add your detergent of choice and stir.
  3. Soak the pillow and get to washing.
  4. Squeeze as much water as you can.
  5. Hang out to dry.

Note: If you use a dryer, take pillows out every half an hour and fluff.

Hot to handle the cleaning of foam pillows?

  1. Remove the cover and double check what tags say.
  2. Use a vacuum cleaner and clean as much as dust as possible.
  3. Treat stains appropriately. Different stains require different treatment.
  4. Use a tumble dryer but air-only. Run if for about 15 minutes.
  5. Leave your pillow to dry in the fresh air.

A dash of extra tips on cleaning pillows:

If you’re brave enough to go for machine washing, then you should totally go for it. Here are a few other tips to help you clean your pillows as best as possible:

  1. Always use liquid detergents. They mix with water easier and more efficient.
  2. Dry your pillows faster by adding dry towels or tennis balls. They speed up the process by miles.

When is it time to buy new pillows?

No matter how often and how good you wash your pillows, sooner or later you will have to change and replace.

What is the test to figure out if it’s the right time or not?

Try folding the pillow in two. If it unfolds back to its original shape than you’re all good to go. But if on the contrary… Maybe it’s time for you to look out for new a pillow.

The other sure sign that you need a new one, is if your neck hurts in the morning.

Thank you for visiting Cleaner Confessions!

About author View all posts

Nicholas Carr

Nicholas Carr is a blog meant for various domestic tips mainly but not limited to cleaning, washing and wiping dust, stains and dirt away from your home.