My son came back from school field trip last week. I washed all of his clothes, sleeping bag and pillowcase. When I pulled the pillowcase off I couldn't believe how disgusting the pillow was. I decided I would machine wash the pillows too. If you have never washed your pillows in the washing machine it is easy. I don't recommend using this on memory foam pillows, it will ruin them.
I like to fill the machine up with water first. Use the hottest water possible. If your water isn't hot enough it won't kill off the bacteria and dust mites. While the water is filling up I add liquid detergent and 1/2 cup baking soda.
The baking soda is great to help with any smells from the pillows and helps boost the laundry detergents power.
Let the machine mix for a minute or two to get the soap and baking soda mixed well in the water. Then, add the pillows to the machine. It is best to wash two at a time so they can balance out the load. It may take a minute or two for them to absorb the water and sink down.
I set my 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. Make sure to get them completely dry so you can avoid mold in the pillow. Once they are completely dry you can put them back in their pillow cases. I like to put a drop or two of lavender oil on the pillows. It helps me sleep better at night.
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!