Easy tips for machine washing pillows! This easy cleaning tip makes it simple to machine wash pillows and get them clean again. Check out how to machine wash pillows.
Recently I was doing my son's sheets and bedding. When I pulled the pillowcase off I couldn't believe how disgusting the pillow was.
I decided I would machine wash the pillows. It is easy if you have never cleaned your pillows in the washing machine. Just a few minutes getting them set up and you can enjoy freshly washed pillows.
This works great on down, feather, and synthetic pillows. I don't recommend using this on memory foam pillows, it will ruin them. Check out how to wash memory foam pillows!
How To Wash Pillows In Washing Machine
To wash the pillows in the washing machine you will need a few things.
- laundry detergent (I use these pods)
- baking soda
- essential oils (if you would like)
With a locking top load, you will want to put your detergent in the dispenser or add pods to the bottom of the machine. Then, add a sprinkling of baking soda to the bottom of the machine.
Next, add your pillow to the machine. I just laid mine flat in the bottom.
I would recommend adding some more baking soda on top of the pillow once you add it to the machine.
The baking soda is great to help with any smells from the pillows and helps boost the laundry detergent power.
Then start your washing machine. Use the bedding cycle if you have one because it works great with pillows and comforters.
Also, use the hottest water possible. If your water isn't hot enough it won't kill off the bacteria and dust mites.
Let the machine mix for a minute or two to get the soap and baking soda mixed well in the water. It may take a minute or two for them to absorb the water and sink down.
Then, if you are able to pause your washing machine for about 10 minutes to let the pillows soak.
After 10 minutes unpause the machine and let the cycle run as normal.
You may want to set the washing machine to extra rinse because those pillows really need it!
Once they are done in the washing machine move one pillow over to the dryer. They will need to dry for a long time.
It always seems like they are dry, but once you let them sit for a few minutes they feel damp again.
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Make sure to get them completely dry to avoid mold in the pillow. Once they are completely dry you can put them back in their pillowcases.
So how well does it clean the pillows? Check out my before and after pictures. It's easy to machine wash pillows and it gets them clean too!
Looking for more things to clean? Check out how to clean your mattress at home. It's easy to do!
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