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Pillow Cleaning Tips - Myths & Facts

Looking for info on how to properly clean pillows?

Maybe you've finally noticed what your pillows look like under the case? Maybe you've had issues when cleaning them? Maybe you just need better results to get those pesky stains out? No matter the reason, you can ensure the desired outcome by separating myths from facts. Here are a few effective pillow cleaning tips:

Myth 1 Regular pillow cases can keep your pillows clean.


A regular pillow case offers a small layer of protection. However, body oils, dead skin cells, and plenty of perspiration seep through and get absorbed by your pillow. In addition to making your pillow dirty, it actually feeds mold and dust mites. This in turn destroys the fibers and shortens the life-span of pillows. You may resolve these issues by switching to waterproof pillow protectors.

Myth 2 You should only wash your pillows when they appear bad.


Rugged treatment doesn’t offer the sheen and shine to your pillows and they remain dirty even after cleaning. Your best bet is to wash when the dirt and dust are still low. Plus, make sure you use warm water on a delicate washing cycle. Even with a protective case, you may want to wash pillows every six months. If you’re someone who drools, perspires, or suffers from allergies, wash your pillows more often. Also, wash the pillow cover at least once a month.

Myth 3 Use bleaching agents for whitening and killing germs in pale-looking pillows.


If you use a powerful bleaching agent, it’ll destroy the delicate fibers of your pillow. Also, bleaching makes the pillow more susceptible to tearing and shedding. The use of a mild detergent or soft cleaning solution is among the best pillow cleaning tips. For the whitening effect, you may use borax or similar products (detergent boosters). Without damaging the fiber, you’ll enjoy fruitful results and cherish the companionship of your pillows for a long time.

Myth 4 Use softeners to keep your pillows soft.


Although fabric softeners can do wonders for towels and sheets, they’re a real threat for pillows. Polymers and oils in the softener get stuck to the filling fibers, which make them clump and mat. If you want to make your pillows soft, toss them into a dryer with old tennis balls or dryer balls for about an hour on a medium to a low setting. Make sure that the pillows are thoroughly dried before taking them out. Any leftover moisture will leave room for mold and dust mite growth.

Myth 5 Washed pillows become lumpy; so, replace them when they get dirty.


As the old saying goes, you get what you shell out for. So, invest in good-quality pillows to enjoy their longevity instead of cheap pillows that won’t last long. The better the quality of pillows, the longer its fluff retaining capacity (after repeated washings) will be. If you pick gel or non-washable pillows due to neck and shoulder issues, buy top-quality covers and wash the pillow-cases and covers delicately to enjoy their services for years.

Bottom line

Pillow cleaning is a task that should be taken seriously. Get familiar with the myths and stick to facts. By following our fact-based pillow cleaning tips, you can lengthen the lifespan of your pillows while keeping problems at bay. Ask our team for help or advice with your pillow cleaning needs!

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