Here’s How to Properly Clean Your Pillow

No matter how comfy the mattress (or how tired you are), it’s hard to get a good night’s sleep without a decent pillow. As such an essential element of our sleep routine, pillows get put through their paces.

Hiding beneath that pillowcase you may find that your actual pillow is riddled with yellow stains. These are typically caused by sweat and drool, while make-up and dead skin cells can also find their way onto your precious pillow.

Machine Wash

The good news is that most pillows are able to be thrown into the washing machine. Mix up a solution of washing liquid, white vinegar, laundry detergent, and dish detergent and add it to the machine. Two wash cycles are needed to remove the yellow stains and the residue of the cleaning solution, so do the second using hot water only. 

Hand Wash

For pillows the that are more delicate, washing by hand is recommended. Fill a large tub with hot water and add a quarter cup of laundry detergent. If the stains are very bad, throw in a quarter cup of bleach, too. Place your pillow into the soapy water and gently knead it with your hands, being careful not to damage the fibers. Rinse the pillow under cold water to remove the residue and then gently squeeze the material to remove as much water as possible.

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