Just as you do your laundry regularly, wash sheets and pillowcases how often do you wash your pillows? You definitely clean your pillowcases but what about the dirt, sweat and oil that penetrates the pillows? It is a good hygienic practice to wash your pillows once every few weeks to keep them clean and free of dirt, sweat and dust mites. It must have accumulated all the dust, grime, sweat, bacteria, allergens etc. and this can be very unhygienic to use. Don’t know the proper way to wash pillows without damaging them? Bew are a few easy ways-
NOTE- First of all you need to check if your pillows are washable. Most of them are washable even if they are synthetic however few of them are non-washable and it will always be mentioned on the tag attached on the pillow.
Take a small bowl and add colour-safe and multipurpose stain remover and mix it well with warm water. Make sure powder is dissolved completely. You can also use a paste of equal quantities baking soda and vinegar. Apply the solution to the stain and scrub the fabric in small areas using toothbrush. Don’t allow the solution to dry on fabric. Then rinse it with clean water.
Take a cup and then add 1 tablespoon of bleach along with 1/2 tablespoon of baking soda. Now add 1 tablespoon of washing powder or dish wash and also 1 tablespoon of laundry detergent and mix it briefly, make sure there are n powder lumps. Now put the mixture into the washing machine along with your pillows (also make sure if your pillows are washable even though it is synthetic however some are non-washable). Wash it as a regular washing load and dry them in direct sunlight.
In Frontload washing machine:
- Since water cannot be filled in the front loader washing machine, you need to soak the pillows before washing.
- Grab a large tub, fill it with hot water, put some washing powder in there and immerse the pillows.
- Spot clean the stains on the pillows with dish soap and water if you wish.
- Put just 2 pillows at a time in order to keep the machine balanced. Overcrowding will end up in not cleaning any of the pillows.
- Wash the pillows on a gentle cycle with warm water in machine with the said ingredients.
- Remove the pillows from the washing machine after the process is completed. When the dryer is on, you can tie a couple of tennis ball inside clean white socks into the machine to stop the pillows from clumping and to fluff the pillows back to life.
- Also make sure you dry the pillow in low heat setting or just lay them outside in the sun for few hours to dry and fluff them up naturally.
In Top loading washing machine:
- Put the mentioned ingredients into the washing machine and turn on the agitator for a few minutes, just so that all the ingredients put in are dissolved completely.
- Once that is done, put the pillows. Put the pillows to the washing machine.
- Start the washing machine and let it agitate for a few minutes.
- After which flip the pillows upside down wait for a few minutes with the lid open so that the machine does not start running and the top edge of the pillow is in the water and it soaks for some time.
- Once it is soaked for an hour or so, put on the washing machine and let it run through its complete cycle. Dry your pillows in the dryer put a couple of tennis balls in socks to avoid clumping and just lay the pillows outside in the sun for few hours to dry and fluff them up naturally.
** TIPS **
Use hot water and a mild natural detergent. Add a cup of baking soda for smells or white vinegar for mold and mildew.