No bed or couch is truly complete without a pillow — or five. While specifics greatly differ from person to person in terms of number, size, and firmness, one thing is certain; pillows provide a great level of comfort. Body pillows were initially meant for pregnant women and side-sleepers since they help relieve tension from pressure points. However, they have since become increasingly popular for almost everything now more than ever, so all the more reasons to care for them. Here’s how to wash a body pillow.
Know Your Pillow
Before starting the cleaning process, especially the first time around, read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. Remove the pillowcase every time you clean the pillow and wash it separately. This ensures they both get proper care based on material type. Additionally, pay attention to the composition of the fabric, whether it uses cold or warm water during the wash.
Most cotton and polyester pillows can safely be washed inside your machine if the size is accommodating. Choose the water temperature and washing cycle as per the pillow’s instructions, and use a mild detergent with no bleach. If you have a top-loading washer, wrap your pillow around the agitator. If using a front-loader, fold the pillow. If it simply doesn’t fit, consider taking it to a Laundromat with an industrial-sized drum.
Another suitable option for in-house washing is to do it by hand. You’ll need a tub because of the size and a mild detergent. Let it soak for about half an hour before rinsing in plenty water to ensure you get all the soap and dirt off. Follow through by air-drying to prevent mildew. This method works for cotton pillows but also for those made of latex and those filled with feathers or down.
To take care of a specific stain, it’s best to spot-clean it. A clean body pillow is a good idea, but washing too often can cause unnecessary early damage. That’s why spot-cleaning is recommended for minor blemishes. Pat it dry and repeat if the stain is persistent.
Vacuuming or Dry Cleaning
For memory foam pillows, it’s probably best to avoid washing them altogether since they’re sponge-like, making them prone to mold. In this case, it’s best to vacuum often to prevent the build-up of dust and skin particles. Plus, if you feel your pillow is in need of deeper cleansing, take it to a professional dry cleaner.
Using a Dryer
An alternative method for pillows that cannot withstand water is to heat them up in the dryer. Besides, placing them in high heat for 30 minutes sterilizes them and kills parasites. However, if your pillow can’t handle high temperatures, dry cleaning is your best option. If you suspect a bed-bug infestation, it’s probably best to replace the pillow altogether.
Due to sweat, oils, and dust, pillows should be washed every 3 to 6 months or so. A dirty pillow can cause breathing issues and negatively impact your skin’s appearance. Consider washing or cleaning your body pillow regularly to prevent any of those.