Guide for washing and maintaining different types of pillows

A good night’s sleep on a favorite pillow and dreaming about the future is what most of us need to stay happy for our entire life. Without any doubt, we all love pillowsand probably we spend one-third of our life on pillows; hence it is our responsibility to ensure that our pillows stay in the best possible condition.

Is any bad smell coming from your pillow? Or do you find a lot of dust on it? It is the right time for you to wash your pillow to restore its freshness and keep it in the best condition. Pillows love to attract dust mites, bacteria, and dead skin cells; hence, you will have to regularly maintain and clean your pillow. In this blog, we will share a few tips on washing and maintaining different types of pillows effectively.

Guide for washing different types of pillows and how to maintain them

There are different types of pillow stuffing like foam, cotton, feather, polyester, and memory foam pillows. You have to admit that most people in the digital generation spend most of their time before computer screens and smartphones, increasing back and neck pain. Most of the people from the millennial generation love to use ergonomic pillows as they provide the right support to their neck hence reducing the pain.

Now, when the concern is about cleaning different types of pillows at your home, you will have to plan the laundry depending on the stuffed material inside the pillow. You can wash some pillows in the machine while others would demand hand wash or dry cleaning.

Here is the complete where we have suggested the best cleaning method for different pillows.

Washing down, feather, and polyester pillows

Down, feather, and polyester pillows are the most common stuffing materials for pillows and can be washed inside the machine or by hand. Irrespective of whatever pillow you are washing, you must have to limit the quantity of the detergent for the best results. Before washing, inspect every pillow for holes as you don’t want anything to escape.

Pretreating stains

If you find any stain on your pillow surface, you can apply any stain remover and work on the stain remover with the help of a soft brush bristle. You have to gently rub the stain with a brush for ten minutes before washing.

  • Using the right detergent

When washing pillows, you will have to select the right detergent and try to use only one or two tablespoons of detergent when washing down feather and polyester pillows. Avoid adding any fabric softener, particularly when you are washing pillows.

  • Set the washer correctly and use the best washing machine

When washing feather pillows, you will have to use cold water, while you can wash polyester pillows with cold or warm water. If you are going only to wash one pillow, you can add a towel to balance the washing machine. Moreover, you will have to also go with a second rinse cycle to ensure that you remove all the excess detergent.

  • Use wool dryer balls in the dryer

Once you have washed the pillows, it is now time to dry them inside the dryer. As the pillows are wet, you will have to keep two or three wool dryer balls to ensure that wet feathers don’t make clumps. You have to also check the dryer for every fifteen pillows during the entire drying process.

How to wash memory foam and latex stuffed pillows

  • Spot cleaning

If you are short on time, you can spot clean the memory foam and latex pillows. You can use a soft cotton cloth to dip inside the stain remover and place it on the stain for at least ten minutes. Repeat the same procedure and once the stain is removed, clean the pillow with cold water, and Air-dry the pillow before using it.

  • Add the pillow to a bucket of water and mix the cleaning solution

As of now, you removed all the stains individually, took warm water in a bucket, and added a cup of cleaning solution before adding the pillow. Gently squeeze the pillow inside the water to remove all the dirt and stain. You also have to ensure that you don’t soak the pillow for more than ten minutes.

  • Absorbing excess moisture and pat dry

Once you have repeatedly washed the pillow, you will have now to keep the pillow between two cotton bath towels to ensure that it can soak and absorb excess moisture. You can also hang the pillow in an open-air dryer or use a blow dryer to remove any excess moisture from the pillow.

Tips to consider while cleaning your pillows

  • Although the above-mentioned cleaning procedures are safe, you still have to read the fabric care label, which you will find attached to the pillow, or it will come along with the warranty card. Most pillow manufacturers provide all the necessary details on washing and maintaining the pillow; hence, it is the best guide.
  • The best way to keep your pillows fresh is by covering them with pillow covers. Moreover, washing pillow covers is quite easy when compared to washing an entire pillow.
  • You also have to clean your pillow every four months to ensure that your pillows look fresh and clean.
  • You can also add vinegar or baking soda while cleaning the pillows to remove any bad smell.
  • Keep in mind that not all pillows are safe for washing machines; hence, you must also learn how to wash pillows by hand.
  • You have to ensure that your pillow is completely dry before you sleep, as sleeping on a wet pillow can lead to allergies or infections.
  • If you have to counter-attack dust mites, you can hang your pillows on the cloth line on a sunny day. 


Washing and maintaining your pillows is one of the best ways to promote healthy hygiene. Using a clean pillow will also prevent the risk of allergies and infections. Not all pillows can be washed in the same way; hence we have tried to mention different methods for washing different types of pillows.