A Laundry Guru's Advice for Washing Pillows


| LAST UPDATE 06/15/2023

By Alyssa Williams
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Hey there, pillow lovers! Are you taking good care of your precious bed companions? As it turns out, washing your pillows every month is a must to keep them fresh and clean.

Carolina McCauley, the laundry guru from Perth, shared her secret recipe to make your pillows 'squeaky clean' again, and it's super easy to follow. All you need are some common household ingredients like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, white vinegar, and eucalyptus oil. Oh, and don't forget the essential dryer balls! Carolina's method involves a quick and straightforward process that starts with reading the label on your pillow, which can determine how it should be washed. For example, memory foam pillows should be spot cleaned, while polyester, cotton, and microfiber pillows can handle a gentle cycle in the washing machine. And if you're dealing with goose down or feathers, it's best to dry clean them.

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But fear not, pillow enthusiasts! If you have pillows suitable for machine washing, you can follow Carolina's method by adding half a cup of baking soda directly into the washing machine barrel, along with gentle detergent and a quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide to remove bacteria. Then, pour half a cup of white vinegar and a few drops of eucalyptus oil into the fabric softener drawer to kill dust mites and leave a fresh scent. Don't forget to add two to three dryer balls into the washing machine barrel to ensure your pillows keep their shape. And opt for a gentle wash cycle, so your pillows come out looking brand new!

Now, why bother with washing your pillows, you may ask? Well, according to Asthma Australia, washing your pillows monthly helps reduce the risk of exposure to dust and dust mites. Plus, sleeping on a clean pillow can help ease allergies and keep your skin free from blemishes. CHOICE experts also warn that over time, oils from your skin and hair, sweat, and drool can create unsightly yellow stains, breed bacteria and mold, or house allergens within your pillows. So, if you want to pamper yourself and your pillows, follow Carolina's advice and wash them regularly. Your pillows will thank you with a comfortable and refreshing night's sleep!

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