How to clean a travel pillow

How to clean a travel pillow

It’s recommended to launder every 3-4 months to rejuvenate the foam.

  • Wash cold or warm on regular cycle (not delicate).
  • Use any detergent.
  • Do not use fabric softener.
  • Use extra spin cycles to lessen drying time.
  • Place 2 pillows in washer to balance. If only 1 pillow, balance with towels.
  • Wash pillow(s) with a full load of laundry.
  • Tumble dry with high heat.
  • No dryer balls or fabric softener.
  • No dryer balls or dryer sheets.

MyPillow Sheets

  • Machine wash warm with like colors.
  • Tumble dry on low heat.
  • Non-chlorine bleach.
  • Iron on low.
  • Do not dry clean.

MyPillow Towels

  • Machine wash warm with like colors
  • Only non-chlorine bleach when needed.
  • Tumble dry on medium heat.


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One of the most common questions about the microbead pillows is whether or not they can be washed. The answer is YES they can! Though there are other brands of microbead pillows out there that are not washable so you may need to make sure to check the manufacturer’s guidelines. Before washing any microbead pillow, you should always check the Care Instruction Label! Majority of the high quality microbead pillows we carry allow for easy and convenient washing either in traditional washing machines or simply by hand with appropriate precautions.

When washing your microbead pillows in the washing machine, a front loading washer is recommended, though if washing in a top load washer, simply ensure the microbead pillow is washed with a full load of like colors. To prevent any accidental tears in the fabric or sewing, you should always wash the microbead pillows inside a tied up pillow case. It is also recommended to use some heavy towels in the wash as well so the load is well-balanced to minimize wear and tear on the pillow. Only use the gentle cycle setting with luke warm water with a mild detergent.

DO NOT USE CHLORINE BLEACH! Chemicals of any kind will damage your microbead pillow.

When drying a microbead pillow, you may use air drying or traditional machine drying. If using a machine dryer simply make sure to use the lowest temperature setting to about 95% dry then line or hang dry for a short time. Overheating will damage the pillow!

These microbead pillow washing tips are provided to answer many common questions, however they cannot guarantee the behavior or correct functionality of any washing machine or dryer. Washing machine or dryer malfunctions are common, and damage arising from such malfunctions do occur. As such the machine washing of any microbead pillow is the responsibility of the owner.

As a precaution, you should ALWAYS WASH A MICROBEAD PILLOW ENCLOSED IN A TIED UP PILLOW CASE. It’s always better to be extra careful!

Washing your pillow regularly can contribute to high-quality sleep and reduce buildup from dirt, body oils, and allergens. Proper pillow care also means you can replace your pillow less often.

We’ll cover the importance of sleeping with a clean pillow, how often your pillow needs cleaning, and everything you need to know about how to wash a pillow.

The Importance of a Clean Pillow

Your pillow, along with your mattress, is one of the most important factors in creating a comfortable and healthy sleep space. The best pillows provide support for your head and keep your neck aligned with the rest of your spine.

Even if you regularly wash your pillowcase with the rest of your bedding, it’s also important to clean your actual pillow as it may collect unwanted dirt and allergens. This includes:

  • Sweat
  • Saliva
  • Body oils
  • Dead skin cells
  • Dust mites
  • Pet hair and dander

A clean pillow is better for your skin and also reduces your exposure to irritating allergens. This is especially important if you’re prone to allergies. Itchy eyes, a runny nose, and other allergy symptoms can disturb your sleep.

By cleaning it frequently, you can extend the lifespan of your pillow. Regular cleaning removes dirt and oils that may otherwise damage your pillow’s fill material.

Additionally, you can further protect your pillow with a pillow protector. This will prevent stains from reaching the actual pillow and allergens from building up inside of it.

How Often Should You Wash Your Pillow?

Pillowcases need frequent washing about every 2 weeks. On the other hand, we recommend washing your actual pillow once every 6 months. Certain conditions may require more frequent cleaning. Check the label on your pillow to see how to properly care for it.

What Factors Contribute to Buildup on Your Pillow?

Depending on your lifestyle and where you live, you may need to wash your pillow more often than every 6 months. We’ll explore the most common factors that can contribute to buildup on your pillow.

  • Skin and Hair Conditions: Certain medical conditions cause you to shed excess dead skin cells or body oils onto your pillow, including psoriasis, dandruff, and eczema.
  • Pets: A dog or cat can make an excellent bedtime companion. However, when you sleep with your pet, more hair, pet dander, and saliva can gather onto your pillow.
  • Eating in Bed: Stray crumbs, spills, and greasy hands can also contribute to buildup on your pillowcase and stain your pillow.
  • Allergies:Common allergy symptoms include a runny nose and frequent sneezing. These symptoms don’t just interfere with your sleep, they also create excess body fluids that can seep into your pillow.
  • Climate: If you live in a warm or humid climate, you’re more likely to sweat at night. Your pillow can absorb the moisture from frequent sweating, leading to stains and discoloration.

How to Wash a Pillow

Frequent cleaning can extend the lifespan of your pillow and create a healthier environment for high-quality sleep. If you’re wondering how to wash a pillow, we’ll go over every step for proper pillow care.

In the Washing Machine

Many modern pillows are built to withstand the washing machine. This makes cleaning your pillow as easy as throwing in a load of laundry.

Before you get started, carefully read the product label and any care instructions that came with your pillow. Verify that the washing machine is suitable for your specific model.

Next, check for instructions in terms of temperature and which cycle to use. Many machine-washable pillows require avoiding bleach and using the delicate cycle.

By Hand

Not all pillows can hold up in the washing machine. Certain materials such as memory foam or down require more gentle cleaning. Consult the care label on your pillow. If your pillow cannot be machine washed, you’ll need to clean it by hand to avoid damaging the fill material.

Make sure you have everything you need before you get started. Your supplies may depend on your specific pillow model but should generally include:

  • A tub or sink basin
  • Mild laundry soap
  • A sponge or cloth

With your supplies gathered, follow the steps below to clean your pillow by hand.

Fill your tub or sink with lukewarm water and add a small amount of mild detergent. Avoid using hot water as it may damage the fill material.

  1. Place your pillow in the tub or sink. Knead and squeeze the pillow so that it thoroughly absorbs the soapy water.
  2. If your pillow has any stains, gently dab them with detergent and massage the area to release the stain.
  3. Drain your tub or sink and refill with clean lukewarm water. Knead and squeeze your pillow again to rinse.
  4. Continue until the water that comes out of your pillow appears clean. Depending on how dirty your pillow is, you may need to drain and refill your tub or sink a second or third time.
  5. Once clean, squeeze out as much excess water from your pillow as you can.
  6. Place your pillow in a well-ventilated area to dry. Direct sunlight or an electric fan can also help your pillow dry faster.

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When it comes to bedding, you're probably meticulous about cleaning your sheets and comforter, but can the same be said for your pillows? Because pillows can house a mix of bugs, dead skin, and dust mites and their droppings, it's important to make sure they receive just as much attention as anything else on your bed. To ensure your pillows are fresh and clean, we asked Brian Sansoni, senior vice president of communications, outreach, and membership at the American Cleaning Institute, for his best tips on cleaning and caring for this essential element of the bed.

How to Wash Pillows

Most pillows, including those filled with cotton, feather, down, and fiberfill, can be cleaned in a washing machine using warm water on the gentle cycle, explains Sansoni, but it's always a good idea to read the label for cleaning instructions first. "Your pillow may be one of the rare kinds that need dry-cleaning," he says. Foam pillows are one common type that shouldn't go into the washing machine because the agitation is too harsh and likely to break up the padding. Despite this, foam pillows can be cleaned at home using another method. "You can wash the removable cover (if there is one) according to the cleaning instructions on the label," says Sansoni. To clean the foam, use a vacuum attachment to remove any dirt or dust that's in the pillow.

How Often Should You Wash Pillows?

While you'll want to wash the rest of your bedding regularly, pillows have a bit more of a grace period. At the very least, pillows should undergo a good wash every six months. To ensure that your pillows are consistently in their best, consider washing them "at least every three months—or four times a year," says Sansoni. As for pillowcases, wash them with your bedding, which should be a weekly cleaning routine.

While washing your pillows regularly is important, it's also good to know when to replace them. Sansoni suggests changing your pillows every one to two years. This timeframe is further backed by the National Sleep Foundation, although it's important to note that certain types of pillows can last even longer.

Does the Type of Washing Machine Matter?

A front- or top-loading machine without an agitator—which is the spindle in the center of the washing machine—is preferred for cleaning pillows. However, that doesn't mean you can't use a top-loading machine with an agitator to clean pillows; Sansoni simply recommends placing the pillows in vertically so they're less likely to get damaged and agitating only one or two minutes on the gentle cycle. "After rinsing, use the spin dry feature of your washer at least twice to get as much moisture out of the pillows as possible," he adds.

How to Spot-Treat Pillows

As with washing, there's a difference in how you should approach spot-treating your pillows based on type. For foam pillow, Sansoni recommends spot cleaning any soiled areas with a cloth dipped in a mild soap solution. For other pillow types, if the pillow has stains from substances such as blood or saliva, you may want to pre-treat the stains to help get them out. Digestants (enzyme-containing detergents) should do the trick.

How to Dry Pillows

It's perfectly fine to allow your pillows to air-dry. You can also give them some time in the dryer depending on what the cleaning instructions on the label say. (Foam pillows, for example, pose the risk of catching fire when coming into contact with heat.) In the case that you can use your dryer, Sansoni recommends running for several cycles to ensure the pillow's dry all the way through. "When drying, remove pillows and fluff them periodically to prevent clumping and promote even drying," says Sansoni. "Tossing a few tennis or dryer balls in the dryer with the pillows will also help prevent clumping."

Caring for Down Pillows

While your down pillows may seem like they need expert care, they can actually be washed at home. Of course, you'd want to check the fabric care label, but washing on a delicate setting in cool water is often sufficient for cleaning. "Launder two of them at the same time in order to help keep your washing machine balanced during the spin cycle," says Sansoni.

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While you’re probably in the habit of regularly washing your sheets and pillowcases, you might not give as much attention to what lies beneath: your pillows and mattress. But both need a good cleaning: twice a year for your mattress, once each season for your pillow.

“Over time, hair, dead skin cells, sweat, and drool build up on the pillow,” says Neil Kao, MD, an allergist-immunologist in Greenville, S.C. And all that gunk is basically the stuff that dust mites love to munch on, causes their population to multiply, and increases the chance for an allergic reaction to their presence.

If you watched Consumer Reports’ video on how to clean a mattress, we trust that you’ve added that to your rotation of household chores. Adding a pillow to the cleaning list should be a breeze by comparison.

You might also want to invest in a pillow protector to keep a lot of the gross stuff out and extend the life of your pillow.

Here, Consumer Reports shows you how to keep your pillow fresh, clean, and ready for a good night’s sleep. And if it’s time for a new pillow altogether, check out our pillow buying guide or head over to our pillow ratings to see which ones are up to fluff.

Just one thing before you clean: When washing pillows, always read the label first. Many pillows—though not all—can be machine washed.

Step 1: Air It Out

Give your pillows a daily fluffing to restore their shape and remove dust. Then, every month or so, hang them outdoors on a clothesline for a few hours, ideally on a bright, breezy day. If that’s not an option, as with some foam and latex pillows, run them through the dryer on the no-heat cycle.

Step 2: Wash It Gently

Laundering a pillow isn’t difficult, though it can take a bit of time to dry.

If your pillow has a wet stain that you’re trying to remove, immediately spot treat the pillowcase and pillow with a stain cleaner that targets that type of stain before popping it into the wash.

If your washing machine is large enough, wash two pillows at a time. That will help balance the load, allowing the water and detergent to circulate more effectively. The agitator on conventional top-loaders can be tough on pillows, so it’s best to agitate on the gentle cycle only for a few minutes (or the shortest possible setting, if you can’t control the time). Alternatively, you could make a special trip to the laundromat to use its front-loaders.

Follow these directions for specific types of pillow fills.

Down or feather: Most down pillows can be put in the washing machine, but use cool water and a mild detergent, then dry on low heat. (High temperatures can damage the down.)

Memory foam or latex: Washer agitation can break up foam, so these pillows will probably need to be hand washed. Vacuum dust off of the pillow, then spot clean with a clean, damp cloth and a small amount of mild detergent. Then lay the pillow flat to air dry.

Polyester: Wash with warm water on the gentle cycle, preferably a few pillows at a time to balance the load. Be sparing with the detergent. Use about 1 tablespoon of liquid soap.

Buckwheat hulls: Empty the buckwheat filling onto a large cookie sheet or wide, shallow bowl. Set the buckwheat out in the sun, which will eliminate odors, and wash the shell casing using cold water and a mild detergent.

Step 3: Dry It Thoroughly

It’s crucial to get the pillow completely dry—otherwise you risk mildew. Skip the auto-dry setting on your clothes dryer because the sensors will detect only surface moisture, leaving you with a pillow that’s still damp on the inside.

Instead, many pillows can be dried for a good hour on moderate heat. Adding a couple of dry towels will speed things up. Toss in two fresh tennis balls or dryer balls, as well, and they’ll keep the filling from clumping as they bounce around the drum.

When drying down or feather pillows, however, use the no-heat air-dry setting (it will take a while) and dryer balls or tennis balls to break up clumps.

If the weather is mild, you can also hang most pillows on the clothesline until they’re dried all the way through. Whichever drying technique you use, you still need to check for moisture inside the pillow. If none remains, it’s time to make the bed.

We recommend using pillow covers to protect pillows from substances such as sweat, body oils, and face cream. Launder both the pillow cover and the pillowcase regularly—say, once a week—along with your sheets.

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Washing pillows can make your bed fresher and cleaner than ever.

Washing pillows might be the very last thing in your to-do list, but learning how to clean pillows is actually a necessary skill, regardless of whether you make your bed regularly or not. Yes, pillowcases are there to protect the pillows from sweat, hair and face oil, and more, but much of that can still seep through the cases onto the pillows. Even if you change your sheets and wash your pillowcases as often as once a week, you’re likely not washing pillows with them—and those pillows can get pretty filthy.

Replacing pillows should actually be an annual or biannual chore, because those things can collect a lot of dust mites, dead skin, and bacteria. It doesn’t matter if they’re the best pillows from the most trustworthy bedding store ever; the fluffy things you rest your head on at night need semi-frequent washings and/or replacements for a truly clean bed. If you’re sleeping on the most comfortable sheets around, don’t they deserve pillows of equal quality and cleanliness?

Your home likely has many different types of pillows. Inconveniently, washing instructions are different for each variety, but they are quick and simple—just follow these expert tips and tricks to learn how to clean pillows so they look, feel, and smell like new. (You can even get some bonus tips for cleaning the pillowcases while you’re at it.)

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Use a washer and dryer: Feather pillows or down pillows can be machine-washed on the delicate cycle and then placed in the dryer to tumble dry. Make sure they dry completely, though, to prevent those feathers from producing mildew. Some experts even suggest leaving the pillows out near a window or warm radiator for a few hours before returning them to the bed or sofa to be certain that the interior filling dries out. (Don’t forget to read up on how to fluff a pillow to get that newly cleaned pillow styled just right.)

The same goes for travel pillows. Since their synthetic stuffing tends to breed mildew if left damp inside the pillowcase, only wash the pillow if completely necessary (like your soda spilled on it during flight). Otherwise, you should be fine with a simple pillowcase refresh.

We use pillows on a daily basis . And thus pillows become stained too quickly as a result of frequent use.

Despite the fact that we have pillow covers, our breathing, air dust, dampness, germs, and other factors have caused the pillows to become unclean and outdated. So, to maintain a fresh and appealing pillow, we need to clean it at least 2/3 times a year.

There are a variety of excellent pillow cleaning procedures available. And here we’ll show you one of the most successful methods.

Baking soda is used to clean pillows. Baking soda has been aluminum-free and safe for human consumption, so you may easily use it to restore your pillow to its former glory. I guess you don’t know how to clean pillows with baking soda.

Let’s see the process at a glance.

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How to clean pillows with baking soda?

Cleaning pillows using this method is quite simple. The essential components for this technique are relatively common, and almost everyone has them at home.

Required items are:

  1. Water
  2. Baking soda
  3. Vinegar
  4. Laundry detergent
  5. Dishwasher detergent

Before learning the entire technique, check the care labels on your pillow to see whether it is machine washable or not. You can read the following step-by-step process if it is machine washable.

Step 1:

Remove the pillow covers. You must remove the covers from the pillow before washing it.

Step 2:

Applying soda paste on the stain. To start, create your soda paste by combining soda and water. Then, use a soft cloth dipped in the soda paste, dab the surface of the pillow to eliminate any stain marks. Before putting the pillows in the washing machine, let them sit for half an hour.

Step 3:

Wash your pillow with a mixture of vinegar, baking soda, laundry detergent and dish washer detergent.

To make a mixture for washing two pillows you need:

  1. ½ cup of vinegar
  2. ¾ cup of baking soda
  3. 1 cup of dishwasher detergent
  4. 3 tablespoons of laundry detergent

Pour this combination into the washing machine and run the first cycle; this combination will help you eliminate all of your pillows’ persistent stains.

How to clean a travel pillow

Step 4:

Perform the second cycle.

You will require the following items for this cycle:

  1. Either hot water or
  2. Add another ½ cup of vinegar to the mix.

Some stains may appear after washing pillows in the first cycle. The residual stains can be removed by adding hot water or ½ cup of vinegar to the mixture.

Step 5:

If there is still a stain on your pillows, repeat step 4.

Step 6:

Place your pillow in the dryer. Various pillows need different drying methods. Check the care labels on your pillows to see what sort of drying they require to be dry, dry in that way. After you’ve dried it, you’ll have a clean and fresh pillow.


This article, I believe, was beneficial to you. And you have an in-depth idea on how to clean pillows with baking soda.

Don’t use unclean pillows because they can cause a variety of illnesses such as insomnia, acne, and allergies. To be healthy and sound, always use clean pillows.

How to clean a travel pillow

Anyone who has purchased a memory foam pillow has been concerned about how to clean it. While this is not uncommon, there are ways that you can make sure that you are doing it correctly. By taking some of the steps above, you will ensure that your memory foam pillows will continue to be comfortable and pleasant for many years to come.

The first thing that you should consider when considering how to clean memory foam pillow is that it is going to take more effort than you think. Of course, once you get them out of the box they will appear to be perfectly clean. However, you will find that while they look good and ready to use, they still have a lot of maintenance that you have to do.

Since they are so firm, it is likely that they will not fit into a closet very well. While it may be tempting to just throw them in the washer and dryer, you will find that this is not a very good idea. There are specific settings on washers and dryers that will help to damage your memory foam pillow.

How to clean a travel pillow

For how to clean a memory foam gel pillow, you should follow these instructions. First, you need to place the pillow in a plastic bag. The bag is needed because it will hold the pillow and prevent it from moving around. Then, you simply dump it in the washer and wait for it to dry out.

Although you can vacuum the memory foam pillows, they do not like being scoured. Therefore, you should try to vacuum the pillow as little as possible.

In order to get all of the dust and debris out of your pillow, you should use a specialized microfiber cloth. This is because it will work very effectively at getting out any loose debris that is still clinging to the pillow after it has been cleaned.

How to clean a memory foam gel pillow is also important because it has a tendency to pick up bacteria and germs. So, you should take special care to make sure that you are dealing with clean material. Once again, the recommended cleaning is to wash it in the washer and dry it in the dryer.

If you choose to do it yourself, the proper way to do how to clean a memory foam gel pillow is to use warm water and a mild detergent. You should use a small amount of detergent and spray it on the pillow.

If you decide to use a liquid soap to clean a memory foam pillow, you should make sure that it is free of fragrance. Otherwise, you may end up with a very unpleasant scent that will be very difficult to remove.

You will find that the best detergents are going to contain surfactants that will not damage the material. These detergents will help to make sure that the material does not get damaged when it is cleaned.

Make sure that you rinse the memory foam pillows out completely after every use. Not only will this help to remove any leftover residue that is left over, but it will also help to keep your pillow smelling fresh and clean.

As you can see, how to clean a memory foam pillow is a very simple process. Follow these instructions and you will be able to enjoy your memory foam pillow for years to come.