Do you know that your pillow is decisive to achieve a good rest? We imagine so, but today we are not going to focus on how the ideal pillow should be. In this post we are going to deal with correct hygiene and maintenance of it, since numerous studies, such as this one from the University of Manchester, confirm that a large number of microorganisms accumulate in it that can affect our health, above all, those with allergies.
To avoid the proliferation of bacteria and mites, in addition to regularly changing the pillowcases, it is necessary to properly wash them. But do you know how and how often to wash them? Don’t worry, below we give you the keys so that you can obtain maximum hygiene in your pillows without damaging them.
How to wash a pillow
In addition to washing the cover and sheets weekly, it is important that you wash your pillow at least twice a year. But before starting the process, it is essential that you take into account certain aspects to obtain a good result:
Check the manufacturer’s washing instructions, the different icons will show you if it can be washed and the most suitable type of cleaning depending on its composition.
Make sure the pillow doesn’t have any damage or rips where the stuffing could come out during washing.
You should know that most pillows can be washed, but depending on the composition of their core (latex, memory foam, feathers or synthetic), care and cleaning will be different. Let’s see each type of pillow one by one.
Wash memory foam pillow
These types of pillows do not allow washing because if they get excessively wet, the viscoelastic loses its adaptability properties and its memory effect. It is recommended that you regularly wash your protective cover. But as we know, it is inevitable that sometimes a deeper cleaning is required. In this case, you will have to do it manually.
How to do it:
- Prepare a container with warm water and neutral soap.
- Moisten a clean cloth (you must wring it out very well) and rub the pillow in circular motions.
- Dry thoroughly with a clean towel
- Place the pillow on a flat surface in the shade to facilitate drying (better if it is outdoors). Before using it again, make sure it is completely dry to prevent mold and bad odors from appearing.
Wash a latex pillow
Except for hypoallergenic latex pillows that do not need to be washed, these types of pillows are machine washable.
However, despite the fact that the manufacturer’s instructions allow it, we advise you to clean it manually to prevent the latex from losing its properties prematurely.
We explain how you should do both washes correctly. You decide which one is the most suitable for you and your pillow!
If your pillow allows it and you opt for this option, in addition to following the manufacturer’s instructions, we recommend you follow these little tips to achieve proper cleaning.
Use a cold water program and a liquid detergent for delicate garments to prevent residue from depositing in the pillow core.
Incorporate small clothes or laundry balls to prevent the pillow from being damaged.
To remove all traces of soap, program the rinse cycle twice in a row.
Dry it outdoors, on a flat surface and in the shade.
How to do it:
- Fill a large container with cold water and put a little liquid detergent for delicate garments
- Submerge the pillow and wash them gently (without rubbing). Avoid prolonged soaking
- Rinse with plenty of cold water until you make sure there are no soap residues left
- Eliminate excess water as much as possible, put it to dry outdoors (preferably in the shade) and in a horizontal position.
Wash feather and synthetic pillows
Both can be washed without any problems in the washing machine and share the same washing instructions, to obtain a perfect result.
How to do it:
- Use liquid detergent for delicate clothes.
- Choose a program for delicate clothes and a maximum temperature of 40 degrees.
- Add a couple of washing balls to the drum of the washing machine to prevent loss of volume. Failing that, you can use a pair of tennis balls wrapped in socks or stockings.
- Choose a gentle spin cycle.
- Although machine drying is possible (in a cold drying program or at a low temperature), we recommend that you do it outdoors, horizontally and in the shade. In the case of feather pillows, it is advisable to remove the filling from time to time to prevent the feathers from caking.
How to remove pillow stains
It is inevitable, despite regularly changing the cover, that unpleasant yellow stains appear on the pillow, mainly caused by perspiration, saliva and oily hair. In these cases, to restore your pillow to its original appearance, follow the steps below.
How to do it:
- Before washing your pillow, prepare a container with water and dissolve a little neutral detergent in it. If the pillow is very yellow, you can add a little bleach or sodium percarbonate to the water to more easily recover the original white.
- Gently rub the stains with a well-wrung sponge or a clean, damp cloth.
- Wash your pillow, depending on its material, follow the instructions that we have previously detailed.
Tips to keep a pillow clean
To keep your pillow clean, the easiest way to achieve it is prevention. The role that the cover plays in this aspect is really important. When you buy a pillow, it already comes with a protective cotton cover that can be machine washed as many times as necessary; In any case, protecting it with an extra cover never hurts and is advisable.
In the market you can find models that adapt to your needs (cotton, waterproof, hypoallergenic, anti-mite…).
Our advice is to wash the cover weekly together with the sheets to achieve extra hygiene and extra protection against the appearance of unwanted stains and the proliferation of unwanted beings.