I will be perfectly honest here. Cleaning pillows is a relatively new habit for me. For some reason I always pictured pillows to be too delicate for the washing machine or something. I also never thought about how dirty they might be. I’m clean so my pillows should be clean right? I change my pillow cases very regularly so that protects them doesn’t it?
Well, apparently not. The problem is since you are sleeping while using your pillow you don’t really think about what’s going on during those 6-10 hours your face is smooshed into it. Let’s start with the obvious. Drool. We’ve all rubbed our faces in that gross little wet spot and it happens it’s just part of getting really comfortable and relaxed. Then there’s the sweat. There are going to be those nights where you’re tossing and turning, the heat in the room is all wrong and you’re all sweaty while sleeping. You could wake up feeling just fine but trust me it’s there. Next is Dust. If there is dust on your nightstand there is dust on your pillow. Then where there is dust there is dust mites.
So now think about that. You bought your pillow when? And the last time you cleaned it was? I know. Gross right? I felt the same way.
I decided to do some research on how exactly to clean my pillows and everyone basically says the same thing.
Remove from pillowcase and pillow protector cover (if you have one)
Place pillow (maximum 2 pillows) directly into the washing machine with about half the detergent you would use for a regular load
After the wash has finished keep them in the machine for one more rinse and spin cycle
Read the instructions on the care tag. You can either put them in the dryer or lay them out to dry.
Seriously. I thought it would be way more involved and would need like 2 days to finish.
Our pillows needed to be air dried and even then it took about an hour before they were completely dry.
You know how amazing fresh sheets feel? Well knowing your pillows are fresh and clean feels about 500% more amazing than that.
Best part is you only need to wash them every 3 to 6 months. So plan it in your calendar. Take a Saturday or Sunday morning and dedicate it to cleaning your pillows. Your face and lungs will thank you.