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How to Wash Your Pillows Thoroughly

Yes, your pillows need cleaning too. Read on to learn how to wash your pillows the right way.

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Over time, pillows collect oil, dust, dandruff, hair strands etc. It is therefore important to clean your pillows at regular intervals. You wouldn’t get a good night’s sleep on a stinky pillow, after all. It is also helpful in maintaining the health of your skin and hair. 

Please note that we are not talking about pillow covers. Simply washing and changing the pillow covers is not enough. Wondering how to clean your pillows? Well, you can follow the steps given below.

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Ingredients to Keep Handy

a) Mild Detergent

  1. Step 1: Read the Label

    You will get all the important information about washing your pillows from the care label. It is important to adhere to the manufacturer’s instructions to ensure the long life of your pillows. For feather pillows, the wash care label often reads ‘Dry Clean’. You can either take it to the Dry Cleaners or hand wash the pillows yourself using a mild detergent. 

  2. Step 2: Squeeze Out the Air

    Before tossing your pillows in the washing machine, remove the excess air by squeezing them in your arms.

  3. Step 3: Run the Machine Wash Cycle

    If the label says, your pillows can be machine washed, toss two of your pillows in your washing machine and run a gentle wash cycle. Delicate garments made from silk, wool and cotton require extra care and using a mild detergent can work wonders. We recommend Love and Care, which is available in the market. If you have a ‘delicate’ cycle setting in your washing machine, you can use that too.

  4. Step 4: Rinse

    Once the wash cycle is complete, run the rinse cycle in your washing machine to remove excess moisture from your pillows. Do not put your pillows in the dryer. It can ruin its soft cotton/feather stuffing.

  5. Step 5: Dry Your Pillows

    It is important to ensure that your pillows have dried thoroughly before using them. Place them in a shaded place with ample light and fresh air. Please note that damp pillows are a safe haven for mould and mildew. Using damp pillows can trigger allergic reactions.

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Clean pillows are important for the health of your skin and hair. You may not know this but unclean pillows are one of the leading causes of pimples. Grease and dirt can build up on the fabric of your pillowcases over time. When you move around in sleep, it creates fiction and can cause acne and breakouts. The skin treatments won’t work until you address the real cause. Sometimes, cleaning and washing the pillow may not be enough. Like all the other items in your household, your pillow too needs to be replaced. It isn’t an item that’s meant to last forever. Consider changing your pillow when it doesn’t bounce back from being folded into half.

Key Step

Washing your pillow cases is as important as keeping them neat and clean. It’s best to wash your pillowcases once in 15-20 days.

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