How to Wash Your Pillows Like a Pro

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| LAST UPDATE 06/16/2023

By Dina Wu
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Attention all lovely people who cherish their pillows! Are you aware of the importance of washing your pillows regularly? If not, we're here to enlighten you with a quick and easy method that will leave your pillows squeaky clean!

The brilliant laundry expert Carolina McCauley, from Perth, has shared her secret recipe for washing your bedroom pillows using only five common household ingredients. The process is incredibly simple, so just follow these instructions: First, check the label on your pillow to determine the best washing method based on the material. For instance, memory foam pillows require spot cleaning, while latex pillows need to be hand washed. Polyester, cotton, and microfiber pillows can be machine washed on a gentle cycle. And if you have goose down or feather pillows, it's best to take them to the dry cleaners.

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Assuming your pillows are suitable for machine washing, let's move on to Carolina's method. Start by adding half a cup of baking soda directly into the washing machine barrel. Then, add a lid full of gentle detergent and a quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide to remove bacteria. Next, pour half a cup of white vinegar and a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the fabric softener drawer to kill dust mites and provide a pleasant fragrance. To maintain the shape of your pillows, make sure to add two to three dryer balls to the washing machine barrel. Finally, choose a gentle wash cycle to keep your pillows looking fresh and new!

But why go through all this trouble, you might ask? Well, according to Asthma Australia, washing your pillows monthly is essential to minimize exposure to dust and dust mites, which can cause allergies and skin blemishes. Plus, as CHOICE experts warn, pillows can accumulate oils from your skin and hair, sweat, drool, and dust, which can create unsightly yellow stains, breed bacteria and mold, or harbor allergens. Ew! So, don't neglect your beloved pillows any longer, and treat them to a spa day with Carolina's easy washing method. Your pillows will reward you with a comfortable, hygienic, and rejuvenating night's sleep!

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