Do you know that your pillow is decisive to achieve a good rest? We imagine it is, but today we’re not going to focus on what the ideal pillow should look like. In this post, we will discuss the correct hygiene and maintenance of it since numerous studies, such as this one from the University of Manchester, confirm that it accumulates a large number of microorganisms that can affect our health, especially those with allergies.
To prevent the proliferation of bacteria and mites, in addition to regularly changing the pillowcases, it is necessary to wash them correctly. But do you know how and how often to wash them? Don’t worry, here are the keys so you can get maximum hygiene on your pillows without being damaged.
How to wash a pillow
In addition to washing the case and sheets weekly, you must wash your pillow at least twice a year. But before you start the process, you must consider certain aspects to get 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 uncoating where the filling can come out during washing.
You should know that most pillows allow washing, but depending on the composition of its core (latex, viscoelastic, feathers or synthetic), the care and cleanliness will be different. Let’s look at each type of pillow one by one.
Washing a memory-elastic pillow
This type of pillows does not allow washing since if they get excessively wet, the viscoelastic loses its adaptability properties and its memory effect. It is recommended that you regularly wash its protective cover. But as we know, inevitably, deeper cleaning is sometimes required. In this case, you’ll have to do it manually.
How to do This:
- Prepare a container with warm water and neutral soap.
- Wet a clean cloth (you should drain it very well) and rub the pillow in circular motions.
- Dry thoroughly with a clean towel
- Place the pillow on a flat, shaded surface for easy drying (better if outdoors). Before using it again, make sure it is scorched to prevent mould and odours from appearing.
Washing a latex pillow
Except for hypoallergenic latex pillows that do not need to be washed, these types of pillows can be machine washed.
However, even if 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 right 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 following these small tips to achieve its correct cleaning.
It uses a cold water program and a liquid detergent for delicate garments to prevent debris from being deposited in the core of the pillow.
It incorporates small clothes or washing balls to prevent damage to the pillow.
To remove all soap residues, schedule the rinse cycle twice in a row.
Dry it outdoors, on a flat, shaded surface.
How to do this:
- Fill a large container with cold water and put some liquid detergent for delicate garments.
- Dip the pillow and wash gently (unpacked). Avoid prolonged soaking
- Rinse with plenty of cold water to make sure there’s no soap residue left
- Remove excess water as much as possible, dry it outdoors (preferably in the shade) and horizontally.
Washing feather pillows and synthetics
Both can be washed without any problems in the washing machine and share the same washing instructions, to get a perfect result.
How to do this:
- Use liquid detergent for delicate clothing.
- Choose a program for delicate clothing and a maximum temperature of 40 degrees.
- Add a couple of wash balls to the washing machine drum to prevent volume loss. Other than that, you can use a pair of tennis balls wrapped in socks or stockings.
- Choose a smooth spinning cycle.
- Although it is possible to machine dry (in a cold or low-temperature drying program), we recommend that you do so 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 including.
How to remove stains from the pillow
It is inevitable, despite regularly changing the cover, that unpleasant yellow spots appear on the pillow mainly caused by sweating, saliva and hair fat. In these cases, for your pillow to regain its original appearance, follow the steps below.
How to do this:
- Before washing your pillow, prepare a container with water and dissolve some neutral detergent in it. If the pillow is very yellow, you can add some bleach or sodium percarbonate to the water to more easily recover the original white.
- Gently rub stains with a well-drained sponge or a damp, clean cloth.
- Wash your pillow, depending on its material, follow the instructions detailed above.
Tips for keeping a pillow clean
To keep your pillow clean, the easiest way to get it is prevention. The role that the foundation plays in this aspect is really important. When you buy a pillow, it already comes with a protective cotton case that can be machine washed as many times as necessary; In any case, protecting it with an extra case never comes too much and is advisable.
In the market, you can find models that adapt to your needs (cotton, waterproof, hypoallergenic, anti-it…).
Our advice is to wash the cover weekly next to the sheets to get extra hygiene and a plus of protection from the appearance of unwanted stains and the proliferation of unwanted beings.