How To: Wash pillows

Wash pillows

Remove all those dust mites and pet dander from your pillows on a regular basis with a good wash in hot water. Pillows can be a little trickier to wash than other linens so keep you pillows fresh and new by following proper washing instructions.
Pillows should be washed every three to six months to remove bacteria, mold, and odors. These helpful steps will demonstrate the right way to do it.

You Will Need

* A pillow
* Mild detergent
* A terry cloth towel
* Tennis ball

Step 1: Remove case

Remove the pillowcase and pillow protector.

Step 2: Read label

Read the care label for instructions. Pillows filled with buckwheat or gel cannot be washed.

Step 3: Put in washer

Put the pillow in a washing machine set to the gentle cycle. Use hot water and a mild detergent.

Hot water will remove dust mites.

Step 4: Rinse

Run the pillow through the washer's rinse cycle several times to be sure to wash away any residual detergent.

Step 5: Remove excess water

Remove excess water from the pillow by pressing it with a towel.

Step 6: Dry

Place the pillow in a dryer set on air dry. Prevent matting by putting a clean tennis ball in the dryer.

Did you know? Down is considered the best pillow because of its longevity, adjustability, and natural resilience.

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