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How To Care For Your Pillows

Pillow Talk 101: All About Choosing, Covering, Caring for and Cleaning Your Pillows.

Let’s be real. There are two camps when it comes to pillows. Those people who buy new pillows regularly. You see them buying stacks and stacks of fluffy new pillows all at once and wonder what dignitary or celebrity must be visiting to warrant dropping such a large amount of cash on multiple pairs of new pillows? Then there are those who prefer, enjoy even, the 1987 drool-covered pillow, flattened to barely a two-to-three-inch height. The thing weighs over five pounds, is fortunately hidden by a pillow case, and if wielded in a pillow fight can deliver near deadly force. Most of us, however, fall somewhere in between the two extremes, hopefully leaning toward the “fluffy new” zone.

Here’s where you’ll find out how to keep your pillows in peak condition, so they always look fresh and feel great on your Leesa mattress.

Can I Wash My Bed Pillows?

Just as your mattress absorbs sweat, dust and allergens, the same happens with your bed pillow. Some people prefer to buy new pillows when theirs lose their freshness and loft, but most pillows can be washed in a regular laundry cycle and dried to nearly “good as new.” Before tossing your pillows into the washer, however, be sure to read the laundry tags to make sure you can safely run them through the wash.

Which Pillows Can Be Washed?

Most synthetic, poly-filled pillows can be easily washed and dried. You might be surprised to know that you can even wash and dry feather or down pillows. Memory foam pillows are the only pillows that should not be machine washed and dried (more on that later).

How to Wash Bed Pillows

  • 1. First check the laundry care tag fund on most pillows to be sure you can machine wash and dry your pillow.

  • 2. Remove the Cover – If your pillow has a cover, remove that first. You can wash the cover along with your pillow, but you want the pillow itself to get as clean as possible.

  • 3. Balance Your Washer – Place two pillows in your washing machine, making sure they are evenly distributed in the washer drum. For top loading washers, make sure the pillows are balanced evenly around the agitator.

  • 4. Add Your Cleaning Solution – Place your cleaning solution in the dispenser (See Recipe Here) along with ¼ cup of bleach, if desired.

  • 5. Wash – Set your washer on the longest and hottest cycle and start. You may want to stay close to the washer to periodically pause and turn the drum to be sure the weight of the wet pillows stays evenly distributed. If it sounds like an alligator in a mosh pit, you’ll need to redistribute the weight.

  • 6. Rinse and Spin – Run your pillows through an extra rinse and spin cycle. Now you’re ready to dry.

How to Dry Bed Pillows

  • 1. Add Dryer Balls – Place washed pillows in dryer along with a couple of dryer balls (DIY solutions for dryer balls: a couple of clean sneakers or two tennis balls wrapped in socks) and a dryer sheet. These will help the pillows dry evenly and keep them from clumping up as they dry.

  • 2. Dry Completely – Set dryer on medium heat and check them every fifteen minutes or so until completely dry. To completely air them out, you can also sit them out in the sun until they’re completely dry and so fresh they smell like a pocketful of sunshine.

How to Clean a Memory Foam Pillow

Though you might find washing instructions on how to wash a memory foam pillow online, the thought of completely immersing a memory foam pillow is not a good idea. Why can’t you put a memory foam pillow in a washing machine? The agitator in the washing machine will break up the structure of the pillow, possibly tear it and permanently damage it. Why can’t you put a memory foam pillow in a dryer? That’s a fire hazard there, bud. Plus, the density of the material will make it difficult to fully dry. The Leesa pillow is designed with a machine washable cover that’s removable. You can pop it in the washing machine to take care of any stains or freshen it up.

How Often Should I Change My Pillowcase?

You should change your pillowcase as often as you change your sheets, which ideally should be once a week, but we’re not judging if you go a little longer. You should wash it, though. If you don’t put a pillowcase on your Leesa pillow, you should remove the cover and wash it around once a week, maybe longer if you’re a drooler.

How Often Should I Clean Throw Pillows?

They’re decoration, they don’t need to be washed, right? Incorrect. Because we don’t necessarily use them, we may overlook all the times we’ve tossed them on the floor, they’ve been kicked under the bed, or just used as support with our other pillows. As with bed pillows, check the laundry care tag to see if they’re machine washable. If not, you can certainly vacuum them and spot clean them as necessary.

When Should I Replace My Pillow?

As we talked about before, you may know someone who has had the same bed pillows for as long as you can remember. Because pillows collect allergens, dust mites, and (this one’s gross) yes, dead skin (that’s what makes pillows get heavier over time…ew), some sleep and allergy specialists recommend purchasing new pillows every two-to-three years. Purchasing anti-allergy pillow covers can also extend the life of your pillow. Another way to tell your pillow is ready to be tossed is to fold it in half. If you can fold your pillow in half and it doesn’t spring back to its supportive original shape, it might be time to invest in a new one so your head and neck are properly supported.