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How to Clean Bed Pillows

Pillows are personal. Keeping them clean is an important detail, so you can rest easy knowing that you can trust the surface where you lay your head each night.

Not all pillows are created equal, however. Most down and synthetic pillows can be safely washed in both conventional and high efficiency (HE) washing machines, while memory foam and latex foam pillows should be washed by hand and air dried to avoid damaging the pillow.

Directions:

 Before cleaning, check the tag on your pillow to confirm that it's washable. When in doubt about a surface, always spot test first For High Efficiency (HE) Washing Machines:

  1. Remove the pillow case and pillow protector, if present.
  2. Dampen any spots or stains with water, and pre-treat with full strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. Scrub with a soft brush or finger to help penetrate fabric and agitate the stain.
  3. Add pillows to washer, two at a time for a balanced load. Do not overfill.
  4. Wash normally. Consider an extra spin cycle to eliminate excess moisture.
  5. Dry completely, on dryer's low setting.

For Conventional Washing Machines:

  1. Remove the pillow case and pillow protector, if present.
  2. Dampen any spots or stains with water, and pre-treat with full strength Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner. Scrub with a soft brush or finger to help penetrate fabric and agitate the stain.
  3. Start washer and allow to fill with water.
  4. Pour laundry detergent into water.
  5. Add ¼ cup of Simple Green for heavily soiled pillows.
  6. Place pillows in machine, two at a time for a balanced load. Do not overfill.
  7. Wash normally. Consider an extra spin cycle to eliminate excess moisture.
  8. Dry completely, on dryer's low setting.

For Memory Foam or Latex Foam Pillows:

  1. Remove protective outer cover. If it's machine-safe, wash it in your conventional or HE washing machine. See above for stain removal instructions.
  2. Fill a large sink or bathtub with warm water, and add a ¼ cup of Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner.
  3. Completely submerge the pillow and squeeze gently for 3-5 minutes to move cleaning solution through the foam.
  4. Drain the dirty water and rinse pillow several times, until the water runs clear.
  5. Gently squeeze to remove the water. Do not wring out the pillow, as this will damage the foam.
  6. Allow the pillow to air dry on a flat, ventilated surface away from direct heat.

Bonus tip: If your down or synthetic pillows are clean, give them an "air fluff" in the dryer every few months to eliminate dust.

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