Part of being an adult is washing your sheets regularly (at least, it should be), and you might even have "cleaning your mattress" on your list of sleep hygiene tasks. But, when you strip your bed of all the sheets and pillowcases, so you can throw them in the washing machine, and you start vacuuming and spot-cleaning your mattress, you might have noticed your pillows have an unfortunate looking yellow color.
You might wonder if it is okay to wash your pillows in the washing machine, and it turns out that you absolutely can. Yellowed pillows are far from attractive, and if yours have reached that color, it means that your body's natural oils have made their way into your pillows. But, before you head to the store to buy new ones, try washing your pillows in the washer, and you may be surprised that when you are done, they will look brand new. Read on and learn how to wash pillows!
The ultimate homemaking expert, Martha Stewart, says that you should wash your pillows every three to six months so that you can remove the bacteria, mold, dead skin, dirt, dust, and odors. However, she does add that before you throw them into the washing machine, check the tag to make sure your pillows aren't dry-clean only.
For down or feather-filled pillows, it is best to wash them by hand:
Now comes the easy part. All pillows (except foam) can go in the dryer.
It's important to fluff your pillows every day, but try to keep washing them to about once a month. Pillows definitely deserve your attention, and it doesn't take much to keep them fresh and clean. No matter if your pillows are synthetic (like polyester) or natural (down), you can easily wash them in the washing machine or by hand and get rid of that yellow tint and back to looking like new.
Fluffing your pillows on a daily basis helps remove any dust and restore their shape. Hanging them on a clothesline for a few hours once a month will air them out and minimize the need for washing. But, if that isn't an option, tossing them in the dryer on a no-heat cycle is a good alternative (This is also a good idea for comforters).
Pillow covers are also good to have because they protect your pillow from sweat and body oils seeping into the pillow. If you do have the covers, toss them into the washer with your sheets each week to keep them fresh.