Do You Wash Your Pillows?
Spring is just around the corner. And as you and your new homes in Hobbs NM neighbors get ready to do your spring cleaning, washing your pillows may not exactly be on your list on things to clean. But they should be. Pillows can become absolutely gross by harboring pure nastiness. Bacteria, bugs, dead skin cells, dirt, dust mites, fungi, oil, and sweat can make their way into your pillow over time. And all of these things thrive in warm and damp areas like your pillows.
Now before you throw your pillows in the washer and dryer we highly recommend reading the label and following the care instructions from your pillow’s manufacturer. Not all pillows can go in the washer and dryer. Make sure you also remove the pillowcase before throwing them in the wash. Read below to learn how you should wash your pillows.
Place two cotton pillows in the washing machine to keep it balanced. Use a cup of the detergent of your choice and you may even want to throw some softener in there as well. Use warm water and allow the pillows to go through two washing cycles. Once they’re washed place your pillows into the dryer. Set it to low and add tennis balls to help keep your pillows fluffy. Make sure your pillows are completely dry and then fluff them by hand when finished.
Down and Feather Pillows
We suggest using a high-efficiency, front-loading washing machine without an agitator. Wash two pillows instead of one to balance out the load. Use a small amount of low-sud mild detergent. Set the machine to gentle cycle and wash using cold water. To dry, use low heat and tennis balls to help refluff the pillows as they dry. You may also want to refluff the pillows periodically throughout the drying cycle. Make sure your pillows are completely dry before taking them out of the dryer for good. Moisture can harbor mold.
Memory Foam Pillows
These should come with a removable pillow cover that is machine washable. Throw this in the washing machine and then sprinkle baking soda on your pillow. This will not only leave you pillow smelling fresh but will help to remove dust and other things on your pillow. Make sure you do it to both sides. Do not put your memory foam pillow in a washing machine. Doing so may cause the padding in the pillow to break up and weaken. Dry your memory foam pillows on a rack or clothesline instead of the dryer.
We hope these tips will help you create a fresh and clean sleeping surface. Keep in mind, your pillows should be washed every three to six months and replaced about your every three to four years. You may also be able to bring your pillows to a dry cleaning service around your new homes in Hobbs NM. Good luck and sleep tight!