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With time, your pillows will accumulate dust, oil particles and sweat. If not checked, they will turn yellow and become less comfortable to use. Here are some of the best tips for washing dirty pillows that you can follow.

1. Washing Synthetic And Cotton Pillows

• Start by removing the pillow case then put the dirty pillow into the washing machine. Note that, you need to wash the pillows separately from the pillowcases if you want them to be clean.

• Note that, it’s safe to wash your synthetic or cotton pillows in the washing machine. Once you have put them in the washing machine, you can wash at least 2 pillows at once. That way, the washer is balanced and they will not get thrown too much while inside the machine.

• Pour the detergent into the machine then start the wash cycle. Make sure you have adjusted the settings in the washing machine. That’s because it needs to run with hot water. Make sure the pillows go through a 2nd rinse cycle.

• Once the wash cycle is complete, you can put your pillows into the dryer. Once it’s done, check them for any dampness and put them back if necessary. Make sure you have adjusted the dryer settings accordingly. For synthetic pillows, you should switch the dryer to low heat. If it’s the feather-filled pillows, make sure the dryer is on the no heat/fluff/air setting.

2. Washing Memory Foam Pillows

• Start by removing the cover then fill the tub with water. You can’t wash them in the washing machine because they are too tough on the memory foam pillows. Note that, if there is a zip-on protective cover, you should remove it too. You can wash the extra items separately for the best results.

• Put the detergent and start washing the pillows. You need to hand wash them because washing machines are quite sensitive on memory foam pillows. Now, you can add detergent to the water. You can add enough detergent to make sure that the water is bubbly.

• Move the pillow in the water then move it around to make sure the detergent works. Massage the pillow with your hands frequently to remove the dirt and freshen the outer layer.

• Now you can rinse out the pillow. Run it under clean fresh water and remove as much of the soap as possible. Check the suds for any runout. Note that, you need to take a little more time rinsing the pillow than cleaning it to remove all the dirt.

• It’s time to dry the pillows. Note that, drying the pillow in your dryer can damage it because of the heat. It’s likely going to start crumbling after a round in the dryer. You should allow it to dry naturally in the sun.

Finally, check the pillow thoroughly to make sure it’s dry. Note that, memory foam pillows can hold water for a very long time since they are made out of a material that looks like sponge. Make sure there is no water left on the pillow before putting them on your bed. Otherwise, there will be mold and mildew. That’s what you need to know about washing dirty pillows.

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