How to Wash Pillows

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.


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

You Will Need

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

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