Most people don’t think about it, but every time they go to sleep, they’re sleeping on a bunch of dirt, dust mites, and other allergens. The good news is that there are a few easy ways to clean your pillows and get them back in shape for another night of sleep.
How to Clean a Pillow
If you have a pillow with a removable cover, the easiest way to clean it is to remove the cover and wash it in the machine. If your pillow has a non-removable cover, you can either hand-wash it or use the machine.
If your pillow is filled with polyester fillings, you can use a pillow cleaner to clean it. To do this, fill a bowl with hot water and add the cleaner. Soak the pillow in the solution for several minutes, then rinse it off.
How to Remove Stains from a Pillow
If you’ve had a party and your pillow is stained with red wine, champagne, or any other beverage, there are a few things you can do to remove the stains.
Wet the pillow with cool water. Pour some white vinegar onto a clean cloth and add enough cool water to make a soft paste. Apply the paste to the stained area, working it into the fabric. Let it sit for 10 minutes, then wash the pillow in warm water with a mild detergent. Dry it off and you’re done!
Alternatively, you can pour a pot of boiling water onto the stained area, add a capful of laundry detergent, and let it sit for 10 minutes. Wring out the pillow and wash it in warm water with a mild detergent. Dry it off and you’re done!
Either way, be sure to pre-treat the stain with a laundry detergent before you attempt to clean it. This will help to remove any stains that may have built up over time.
How to Preserve a Pillow
If you’re like most people, you probably don’t think much about cleaning your pillows until they start to smell bad. But neglecting to clean your pillows can lead to some serious problems.
Pillows are made of different types of materials, and they each require a different approach when it comes to cleaning. Here are the steps you need to take to clean your pillows:
1. Remove the pillowcase.
Most people just pull the pillow out of its casing, but this is actually the least effective way to clean a pillow. You need to remove the casing so that you can get at any dirt or dust that may be trapped inside.
2. Wash the pillow with a gentle soap.
If the pillow has been COVERED in dirt or dust, wash it with a gentle soap like washing powder or liquid soap. Don’t use harsh detergents or scrubbing agents, as this could damage the fabric of the pillow. Simply fill a bowl or sink with warm water and add enough soap to cover the entire surface of the pillow. Swish it around for a few minutes before rinsing it off thoroughly.
3. Dry it off completely.
Once the pillow is clean, it’s time to dry it off completely. Place the pillow on a flat surface and use a towel to gently blot it dry. Don’t try to wring out the towel or spin the pillow around like you would if you were washing it – this could damage the fabric.
4. Store it properly.
Now that the pillow is clean, it’s time to store it properly. Never let your pillows touch each other, and keep them in a place where they can be easily accessed and cleaned.
Follow these steps and you’ll be able to keep your pillows clean and smelling fresh.
Tips for Cleaning a Pillowcase
If your pillowcase starts to smell bad, there are a few things you can do to clean it. One way is to use a laundry detergent that contains fabric softener. Another way is to pour boiling water onto the pillowcase and let it sit for a few minutes before washing it in the machine.
If the pillowcase is stained, you can try using a laundry detergent that contains a fabric softener and a bleach solution. Pour the bleach solution onto the stain, and then use a scrub brush to work it into the fabric. Finally, rinse the pillowcase in water.
If the pillowcase is just dirty, you can just wipe it clean with a cloth.
If you’re anything like me, your pillows end up looking a little worse for wear after a few weeks. Luckily, there are a few easy steps you can take to keep them clean and fresh-looking. In this guide, we will cover the basics of how to clean pillows: how to dry them, how to wash them, and how to air dry them. Hopefully, this helps you get your pillows back in tip-top shape quickly!