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Did you know that while your pillow cover does protect your pillow from dirt, oils, and sweat, it’s not actually 100% protected? It’s actually super important to wash your pillows! That’s what you sleep on! Here is the best way to wash pillows in the washing machine without ruining them.

The Best Way to Wash Pillows in the Washing Machine

Over time, natural oils from your body as well as sweat and other gunk will seep into your pillows and get them dirty.

This can cause a yellow discoloration in your pillows, leave a few stains and be unsightly. Kinda gross, right?

BUT, you should know that you can actually clean your pillows and revive them instead of tossing and buying new ones! You guys know I’m all about frugal- even when it comes to repurposing those pillowcases.

In this post, I am going to share the most effective way to wash pillows: in the washing machine!

Simple Pillow Washing Hacks & Tips

Before I share step by step how to wash your pillows, here are a few simple pillow washing tips I recommend looking!

Tip #1: Check the tags on your pillows to see if they are machine washable.

In most cases, you can safely wash synthetic and down pillows but you never know! I would still double check on how if they are able to be cleaned in this way.

Tip #2: Make sure your pillows are a good machine fit.

Double-check and make sure how many pillows will fit in your washing machine.

With our washing machine, I can fit two pillows in pretty easily, and so I just wash two at a time.

Tip #3: Don’t overstuff your washing machine with pillows!

DO NOT just stuff what you can and call it a day. The pillows will probably not be cleaned and you might break something.

You don’t want to overstuff your machine as it won’t do as good a job getting your pillows clean and white.

Also, I don’t know about you- but washing machines are expensive and I like to save my $$$.

How To Properly Wash Pillows In The Washing Machine

Here is a step by step tutorial on how to get fluffy and clean pillows by washing them in your washing machine.

Supplies You Need: 

  • Laundry detergent (whatever detergent you use works)
  • Baking soda (substitute with Borax if neccesary)
  • Bleach

Note: You can get the exact measurements you need in the how-to card down below!

supplies needed to wash pillows in washing machine: tide, clorox and baking soda

Instructions:

  1. As previously stated, make sure the tags say it is machine washable. You don’t want to ruin your pillows. Most down and synthetics are safe to be washed.
  2. Start running your washing machine on the longest cycle using hot water.
  3. Add in your laundry detergent soap, baking soda, and bleach, and then place two pillows in the washer. It usually is best to select a gentle cycle.
  4. After your washer fills up with hot water, turn it off and let your pillows soak for 1 hour. You can go push the pillows down and move them once during the wait time if you want to help make sure that all areas of the pillow get treated.
  5. After the hour duration is up, run the rest of the washing cycle like you normally would.
  6. Toss pillows in the dryer (see setting preference in the note below) to get them dry.

Note: I generally wash my pillows about once a month to every other month. You can do it as often as you would like.

before and after photos of washed pillows

How To Properly Dry Washed Clean Pillows In The Dryer

After you have washed all your pillows, it’s time to start drying them.

  • If you have synthetic pillows, make sure to set the dryer on “low heat” settings.
  • For down pillows, set your dry on “fluff” or “air dry” setting to keep them plump and light.

Tip: If you have a tennis ball or two, you can tumble them in to help keep your pillows fluffed and not have the filling piling up in one area of the pillow.

Don’t Throw Out Your Pillows- Wash Them!

See how simple it is to clean pillows? I have been doing this for years and I can’t complain. Using this method to wash your pillows will help you get rid of the dirt, grime, dust, and sweat that seeps into your pillows over time.

Do you wash your pillows or do you replace them?

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How To Wash Pillows In The Washing Machine

Want to know how to wash pillows in the washing machine? here is a quick tutorial on how to get your pillows smelling good and staying fluffy!

  • 1/2 cup laundry detergent (Whatever detergent you use works. I generally use Tide.)
  • 1/2 cup baking soda (You can substitute with borax. )
  • 1 cup bleach
  1. As previously stated, make sure the tags say it is machine washable. You don't want to ruin your pillows. Most down and synthetics are safe to be washed.

  2. Start running your washing machine on the longest cycle using hot water.

  3. Add in your laundry detergent soap, baking soda, and bleach, and then place two pillows in the washer. It usually is best to select a gentle cycle.

  4. After your washer fills up with hot water, turn it off and let your pillows soak for 1 hour. You can go push the pillows down and move them once during the wait time if you want to help make sure that all areas of the pillow get treated.

  5. After the hour duration is up, run the rest of the washing cycle like you normally would.

  6. Toss pillows in the dryer (see setting preference in the note below) to get them dry.

After you have washed all your pillows, it’s time to start drying them.

  • If you have synthetic pillows, make sure to set the dryer on “low heat” settings.
  • For down pillows, set your dry on “fluff” or “air dry” setting to keep them plump and light.

Tip: If you have a tennis ball or two, you can tumble them in to help keep your pillows fluffed and not have the filling piling up in one area of the pillow.