How to wash a mypillow

How to wash a mypillow

Most down pillows withstand machine washing, even if the tag recommends dry cleaning. Drying is the most time-consuming part of keeping feather pillows clean. The feathers must dry completely or they clump together, mildew or fall apart. Feathers take many hours to dry because high heat can damage the down. Use pillow cases to minimize soiling of the pillows so they only require washing once monthly.

Inspect the pillow for weak seams prior to washing. Reinforce damaged or weakened seams with new stitching, using a strong upholstery thread.

Place up to two pillows in the dryer with two tennis balls. The tennis balls help fluff the pillows during drying, while also preventing the down from clumping and drying unevenly.

Dry the pillows on a low-heat gentle or delicate cycle for up to six hours or until the down is completely dry. Moist down is prone to mildew.

Remove the pillows from the dryer every 45 to 60 minutes and fluff them by hand while checking for dryness. Remove the pillows from the dryer immediately once they are fully dry.

Things You Will Need

Upholstery thread (optional)

Fluff down pillows in the dryer between washings for 10 to 15 minutes. A short time in the dryer prevents moisture and humidity from building up in the down so they remain fresher for a longer period and require less frequent washing.

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Don’t worry – it is perfectly safe to wash pillows (even down pillows) in the washing machine. Try to wash at least two at once so that the washer is balanced and the pillows don’t get thrown around so much. Add your detergent. For a regular wash job, add a cup/scoop of your regular washing detergent.

How do you wash pillows in the washing machine?

Here are the steps to washing bed pillows in a washing machine:

  1. Add warm water and go for the gentle cycle.
  2. Add a bit of mild detergent.
  3. Now, add some cold water and select the rinse and spin cycle.
  4. Tumble your pillows dry on low heat.

How do you dry a pillow after washing it?

Place pillows in dryer with several dryer balls (you can also use a tennis ball or two). Set heat on a medium to low setting. Time dry for at least one hour. Allow pillow to cool, then check to see if the inside is dry.

Why does your pillow turn yellow?

Those yellow spots are caused by sweat. The face or head resting against that pillow hour after hour releases sweat, which travels through the pillowcase, into the pillow. Moisture, such as from lying down with wet hair, can also discolor the pillow, as can chemicals in some types of makeup or skin products.

How often should wash pillows?

How Frequently Should Pillows Be Washed? The consensus among experts seems to be that the average person should throw their pillow in the washing machine two to three times per year (so about once every four to six months).

Does putting pillows in the dryer kill germs?

Looks like the answer is yes, but with a 10 minute recommended cycle. I like to be cautious so I usually run my pillows and other fluffy goods for a full 30 minute dryer cycle on the hottest setting. The dryer cycle killed some germs like e. coli, but not others were just reduced, not completely killed.

Can I dry pillows in the sun?

Drying: Air-dry your latex pillows away from direct sunlight. Sun’s UV rays can damage latex foam, causing degradation.

Are pillows worth washing?

In addition to regularly cleaning your sheets and comforter, you should also be caring for your pillows, mattress, and mattress topper. Pillows, especially, should be washed at least two to four times a year (say, every four months) to help them last longer.

How long do you put my pillow in dryer?

  1. Adjusting MyPillow® for YOUR Perfect Fit!
  2. • Before first use: Place in dryer for 10-15 minutes with a damp wash cloth to activate the Patented interlocking fill.
  3. MyPillow® Washing and Drying Instructions.

How long does a My pillow last?

The patented 3-piece interlocking fill used in MyPillow® is warranted to not go flat for 10 years. If you find your pillow is going flat, it may be due to the pillow needing to be laundered. If after washing and drying your MyPillow® you still find the pillow is going flat, please us on 0800 629 627.

How do you whiten yellowed pillows in a front load washer?

Spot-clean stains on the pillows with dish soap and warm water. A toothbrush is an effective tool for scrubbing out stains. Place the pillows into the front-loader. Wash two at a time for the sake of keeping the machine balanced but no more than two.

Tumble dry with high heat. No dryer balls or fabric softener.

  1. Wash cold or warm on regular cycle (not delicate).
  2. Use any detergent.
  3. Do not use fabric softener.
  4. Use extra spin cycles to lessen drying time.
  1. Tumble dry with high heat.
  2. No dryer balls or fabric softener.
  3. Use extra spin cycles to lessen drying time.
  4. Do not worry about over-drying.

Secondly, can I dry my pillow in the dryer? Place your pillows in the dryer and adjust the settings; if your pillows are feather-filled, put your dryer on the “air”/”fluff”/”no heat” setting. For synthetic pillows, switch your dryer to low heat. Dry your pillows. Take two tennis balls and put them in separate clean, white socks.

Subsequently, one may also ask, how long does it take to dry my pillow?

When laying on your back, bunch MyPillow® under the curve of your neck to get the right amount of support for you as an individual. Before first use: Place in dryer for 10-15 minutes with a damp wash cloth to activate the Patented interlocking fill.

How long do my pillows last?

The patented 3-piece interlocking fill used in MyPillow ® is warranted to not go flat for 10 years. If you find your pillow is going flat, it may be due to the pillow needing to be laundered. If after washing and drying your MyPillow ® you still find the pillow is going flat, please us on 0800 629 627.

Where is MyPillow shipping from and how much is it?

Show TV Ltd are a New Zealand owned and operated company with head offices in both Tauranga & Melbourne. We have the distribution rights for the My Pillow in the whole of Australasia. If ordering over the phone in NZ your MyPillow will be shipped from Tauranga. The fee will be $9.90 Nationwide, or if ordering online your fee is $7.00 and $12.00 for rural delivery. Please see if ordering in Australia.

How do I know what pillow I have?

  • Yellow (Level 1) : will have yellow writing on the tag
  • White (Level 2) : will have black writing on the tag
  • Green (Level 3) : will have green writing on the tag
  • Blue (Level 4) : will have blue writing on the tag

Do the pillows come with pillow cases?

No. Queen pillows fit a standard sized pillow case. King Pillows will need a longer pillow case (S izing: Standard/Queen 50.8cmH x 71.12cmL . Long/King is 50.8cmH x 86.36cmL)

What kind of pillow cases can I use?

100% cotton, open ended pillow cases. Using another fabric blend or material will take away the cooling effect of the pillow. Do not use pillow protectors since they will take away the cooling effect of the pillow. Pillow protectors are also not needed since MyPillow ® is washable and dryable.

Where are the My Pillow store locations?

Show TV Ltd, 83 Aviation Ave, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty 3116 – We are open Monday – Friday, 8am – 5pm.

If I need to swap my MyPillow for a different size where do I send it?

Show TV Ltd, 83 Aviation Ave, Mount Maunganui, Tauranga, Bay of Plenty 3116. Make sure you send your proof of purchase, your contact details and information ls on which size you would like to swap it for.

The Patented 3 piece interlocking fill may appear to be lumpy, but once you start sleeping on it you will soon realize that you can easily move the fill and adjust it to fit your perfect sleep position. Continued washing and drying of your MyPillow ® also helps condition the fill while providing a clean, sanitary place to rest your head at night.

Why is MyPillow ® going flat?

The patented 3-piece interlocking fill used in MyPillow ® is warranted to not go flat for 10 years. If you find your pillow is going flat, it may be due to the pillow needing to be laundered. If after washing and drying your MyPillow ® you still find the pillow is going flat, please us on 0800 629 627.

Why is MyPillow ® hot?

My Pillows 3 piece interlocking fill is designed to provide a cooling effect by allowing the pillow to breathe. Check to make sure you are not using a pillow protector or any other type of pillow case other than 100% cotton, open ended Pillow Case.

How do I wash MyPillow ® ?

  • Cold or Warm on regular cycle (not delicate)
  • Use any detergent. Do not use fabric softener.
  • Place 2 pillows in washer to balance.
  • If only 1 pillow, balance with towels.
  • Wash pillows with a full load of laundry
  • Tumble Dry with HIGH heat.
  • No dryer balls or fabric softener
  • Use extra spin cycles to lessen drying time.
  • Do not worry about over-drying.
  • We recommend laundering every 4 months, even if clean.
  • If you have allergies, every 2 months or as often as needed.
  • MyPillow ® ’s 10-Year Warranty covers laundering.

Is My Bamboo Pillow (otherwise known as Bambillow) made by the same company?

NO. We have recently had customers confuse My Pillow with a Chinese made bedding product new to the market called My Bamboo Pillow or Bambillow. Please do not confuse My Bamboo Pillow (Bambillow) with the Original My Pillow. My Bamboo Pillow (Bambillow) does not have any connection whatsoever to My Pillow. My Bamboo Pillow (Bambillow) is NOT made in the USA, it is made in China by a completely different company. Only the USA made My Pillow can offer you different pillow heights and lofts to ensure you find the right pillow to fit you as an individual using our patented fill. No matter your size, the position you sleep in or if you have any sleeping disorders we will have a My Pillow to suit you!

So you have just purchased a spanking new pillow and it came nicely packaged inside a bag. While it does look clean enough, the million-dollar question is – Should you still wash the new pillow as a precaution?

But that said, some pillows may accumulate funky smells and possibly… other stuff if they sit in a dusty warehouse for too long. So there’s really no harm in washing a new pillow; We will walk through how to wash a pillow and a couple of hygiene tips in this guide – Read on!



Can we throw pillows into a washing machine!? Yes, we can, but it depends on the material. Let us walk through the steps in this section.


Hold your horses before you stick the pillows into a washing machine. Not all pillows are washable, and you may ruin it if you do so. Most washable pillows should have a washing instructions label attached – Just follow the instructions and it should be just fine.

If not, check with the good old Internet. In general, wool, cotton, feather, and fiber pillows are safe for washing. Avoid putting memory foam, gel, latex, and pillows that are marked “dry clean only” into a washing machine.


This step is kind of optional, but if your pillow is very dirty, you might want to soak it in a tub of warm water with detergent for about an hour first. That should get rid of most of the “goodies” before the machine wash.

Hint: Use anti-bacterial detergent if you want to remove the bad stuff, use “odor removing” detergents to remove funky smells.


Next, is pretty much the “usual laundry wash”. Remove the pillowcase (Captain Obvious), put it into the washing machine, add detergent. There is no “secret detergent formula” to making the pillow great again. But if you want to restore a yellow pillow to white, just add a little bit of bleach into the mix.

Depending on the size of your washing machine, try not to put more than 2 pieces of pillows at once. This will allow more room for better circulation, better wash, and not overload the machine. Finally, remember to turn the washing machine into the “bulky/large” cycle (gentle, slow spin, warm water).


After the wash cycle, it is good to run the pillows through another cycle of rinsing. Just use plain water, no detergent. This will flush out any remaining detergent, and ensure the bad stuff is gone.


Once the pillows are washed and cleaned, it is time to put them into a dryer. For pillows that are feather-filled, use the air, fluff, or the no heat setting. As for synthetic pillows, set the dryer to low heat.

Finally, check if the pillows are dry – If they are not dry after one cycle, put them back into the dryer and run another cycle. It is important that the pillows must be completely dry to prevent mildew (fungus) from growing.

P.S. Throw small towels and cotton balls into the dryer to help the pillows dry faster.


Don’t feel safe with machine wash? Let us walk through how to wash the pillow by hand in this section.


When it comes to memory foam pillows, we cannot machine wash, or risk destroying them in the process. So the only way is to hand wash it with love. Start by preparing a tub big enough to fit the pillow inside.

Fill it up with lukewarm water, and add a little bit of light detergent inside – Remember that we are hand washing the pillow. Don’t use hot water to burn yourself, or add bleach to peel your own skin off.


Next, remove the pillowcase (Captain Obvious) and soak the pillow inside the tub. Gently squeeze the foam to remove the “goodies” stuck inside the pillow. Do not twist the foam with vengeance, and break it in the process. Repeat the soak-and-squeeze a few more times until the pillow is considerably clean.


After the pillow is cleaned, pour out the dirty water and refill the tub with clean warm water – Do not add any detergent inside. Repeat the above soak-and-squeeze to rinse out the excess soapy water inside the pillow.


When you are satisfied with the results, pour the water away and squeeze the pillow dry. Finally, leave the pillow on a flat surface and allow it to dry. This is also the best time to spray some pillow mist or deodorizer if you want. Again – It is important that the pillow is totally dry before using it… Or funky smells will stick to the pillow fast.

P.S. A bit of baking soda can also help to soak up the dampness and remove funky smells.


Before we end, here is the last section on a couple more tips and bits.


Don’t just wash your new pillow once and be done with it for the next 10 years. Health experts actually recommend changing the pillowcase at least once every 2 weeks and washing the pillow once every year. Even more often if you live in a warm and humid climate.

The key point being – Pillows absorb dust, dirt, oil, sweat, dead skin, saliva, and all kinds of “goodies” over time. You have to be your own judge, wash the pillow whenever it starts to become “funky”.


  • The first and obvious way is not going to bed dirty. Try to take a bath (or shower) before sleeping, at least change into fresh clothes. This will help to keep the bed clean and help you to sleep better as well.
  • The second way is to always use a pillowcase as an added layer of protection.

These may sound like a hassle, but they do help to keep your pillow last longer; It is much easier to wash a pillowcase than to wash the entire pillow.


  • One way to test is by folding the pillow in half. If the pillow does not spring back to its original shape, that means that the pillow has to be replaced.
  • Pillows that are flat as a pancake will not provide adequate support for the neck and back.
  • Another way is to look for misshapen lumps or if the pillow has lost its fluff.
  • Sniff the pillow. If it has a dirty, old, moldy, musty smell even after washing – It is time for a replacement.


Thank you for reading, and we have come to the end of this guide. We hope that it has been useful to you. Hope you have better nights of sleep, and stay healthy!

How to wash a mypillow

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.


I bought a regular MYPILLOW and two travel sized pillows a few months ago. They lived up to their name! You can believe it! All the advertising is true. I do not wake up with discomfort in my neck. I wake up rested. When I go to bed and my head hits that pillow, I don’t move. I go straight to sleep with no tossing and turning and trying to get comfortable. I have recommended these pillows to several of my friends and they’ve bought them also. I’ve asked them how they’re doing with their pillows and they love them. The other day I was in a store and a young woman was looking at pillows, one after the other. I waited for a minute and finally said, “Go online and get a MYPILLOW. You’ll love it!” She said she would and she looked no further.

To the wonderful customer service reps and employees at My Pillow: I just wanted to thank you for the experience I’ve had. From the very start I was greeted with unexpected one-of-a-kind customer service; from the very fast shipping, free gifts, help with questions, and hassle-free exchange, it certainly has made this a very memorable purchase for me. Your product is truly life changing; I feel like I’ve finally gotten a good night’s rest for the very first time. Thanks again for your hard work and dedication! Sincerely,

How to wash a mypillow

Yes, My Pillow makes and sells dog beds with the same fill that they use on their famous pillows for humans.

Are My Pillow dog beds good?

Yes, most dog love sleeping on their MyPillow dog bed. The 10-year warranty will replace your dog bed if your dog chews it up.

  • Made in USA
  • Affordable
  • Machine washable and dryable
  • 60-day money back guarantee
  • 10-year warranty
  • Fits in crates
  • Reversible cover
  • Returns are not free
  • Plastic zipper has broken or chewed off by some customers (covered by warrenty)

Colors and Sizes

What colors do My Pillow dog beds come in?

My pillow dog beds come in 9 different colors: tan, pink, green, grey, burgundy, brown, blue, mossy oak (camouflaged) and green crypton. The covers are reversible with a plaid pattern on one side, and paw prints on the others.

What sizes do My Pillow dog beds come in?

MyPillow dog beds come in three sizes; small, medium and large. Dog weights below are based on what customers have reported works well for their dog. Some customers have reported that their dog enjoyed one size up to have extra room.

Size Dog Weight Full Bed Size Length x Width x Height) Dog Examples
Small Up to 25 lbs 18″ x 24″ x 2″ Yorkie, Chihuahua, Miniature Schnauzer
Small Crypton Up to 25 lbs 17″ x 25″ x 4″
Medium 25 lbs to 39 lbs 24″ x 36″ x 3″
Large 40 lbs to 100 lbs 34″ x 45″ x 4″ Lab, English Bulldog, Basset, Boxers

What are My Pillow dog beds made of?

  • Outer Cover – Made of 60% cotton and 40% polyester.
  • Inner Fill Liner – Made of 100% cotton
  • Fill – Made of 100% shredded polyurethane foam, which is the same fill used in MyPillows for humans. The foam us certified to be safe and non-toxic by CertiPUR-US.

Are My Pillow dog beds washable?

Yes, the inner pillow and zippered cover are both machine washable and dryable.

How to wash My Pillow dog beds

MyPillow recommends washing them on a cold or warm regular cycle. You can you any detergent but should not use any fabric softener. In front loading machines you should wash the pillow with a full load of laundry. In top loading machines, you should balance the load with either another pillow or towels.

To dry, you should use tumble dry setting with high heat (Don’t worry about over-drying). You should not use any dryer balls or fabric softener. You can use extra spin cycles for a shorter wash.

Where are My Pillow dog beds made?

My Pillow dog beds are “Made in USA” at their factory in Chanhassen, Minnesota.

Which of these pillows from Consumer Reports’ tests will get you the best night’s sleep?

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When you’re shopping for a pillow, a few brand names might come to mind. But our tests have found that name recognition won’t net you a better night’s sleep.

We pitted the lesser-known Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft pillow against the popular MyPillow Premium. Both pillows land in the top half of our pillow ratings. In this face-off we’ll look at how each pillow did in our battery of lab tests.

“These two pillows have different materials inside, and one is adjustable,” says Chris Regan, the Consumer Reports project leader in charge of testing pillows. “These factors make a real difference in how much support each offers sleepers.”

Both pillow manufacturers offer a full refund within a trial period. With the Coop, you have 100 days to try out the pillow; with the MyPillow, you have 60 days. Both pillows can be washed and dried, according to their labels.

Read on to find out who wins this pillow fight.


Coop Home Goods
The Coop Home Goods Premium Adjustable Loft pillow is made of shredded memory foam and comes with a bag of extra foam and instructions for adjusting the filling to suit your sleep style. Side sleepers can make the pillow thicker; back sleepers can remove some foam for a thinner pillow. We tested the pillow both ways. According to the manufacturer’s instructions, you can wash and dry the entire pillow or remove the cover to wash and dry. It comes in king and queen sizes.

The MyPillow Premium, the higher-end version of the MyPillow Classic, is stuffed with chunks of foam, and according to the manufacturer’s instructions it’s machine-washable and dryable. It doesn’t have a removable cover, though. This pillow comes in king and queen sizes.

Test by Test

Support: In this test, we assess how well each pillow supports the head and neck of people of petite, average, and large or tall size whether they sleep on their side or back. We use a pressure mat to analyze roughly 1,600 pressure points and note areas where the pillow is too soft or too firm around the head or doesn’t offer adequate support.

Both pillows earn an Excellent rating for how well they support side sleepers, but the Coop pillow earns an Excellent score for supporting back sleepers as well; MyPillow earns a mediocre Good rating.

Although the MyPillow offers decent support, our panel of testers noticed that the foam chunks inside had an annoying problem of sometimes shifting and bunching up in one spot while they were sleeping on it. The Coop is the clear winner in this test.

Resilience: To simulate use over time, we place a 225-pound evenly distributed load on each pillow that has been placed in a room set to 80 percent humidity with a temperature of 98.6° F to duplicate body heat, and we leave it for 96 hours. We measure the thickness and firmness of the pillow after we take it out of the chamber and again after hand-fluffing it. Pillows that return to their original shape score well in this test.

The Coop pillow earns an Excellent rating for resilience; it returns to its original shape with little or no change. The MyPillow earns a Good rating, bouncing back a little but not to its original height. The Coop wins again.

Use and preference: We ask a panel of testers to rate pillows based on criteria that machines can’t measure, such as whether the pillow conforms well to the head and whether the cover is comfortable. Testers also note if a pillow looks sturdy—whether the stitching is even or coming apart—plus whether the pillow has a removable cover that you can wash separately. Altogether, this makes up our use and preference rating.

The Coop pillow earns an Excellent rating for having a removable cover you can clean, and sturdy stitching, and our testers noted it conformed nicely to their heads. They also rated the feel of the Coop’s cover higher than the MyPillow’s. The MyPillow earns only a Good rating. It didn’t conform to our testers’ heads as well, and they didn’t like the cover material as much. The winner here: the Coop.

Breathability: A pillow that traps heat and makes you sweaty can cause uncomfortable sleep. So to see how well a pillow dissipates heat, we check how insulating it is by measuring the temperature between the head and the pillow after 60 minutes of use. We also use a humidity sensor to evaluate how breathable a pillow is. In these tests, the MyPillow earns a slightly better rating of Excellent to the Coop’s Very Good. MyPillow wins this round.

The Winner

Although it sleeps slightly warmer than the MyPillow and costs more, the Coop wins handily in this contest. It offers great support for side and back sleepers. The fact that you can customize the amount of foam stuffing just as you like is a perk that the MyPillow can’t match. Plus, you have 40 days more to try out the Coop than the MyPillow before you have to decide whether you want to return it for a refund.

For more on pillows, see our pillow buying guide. To see all the pillows we test, check out CR’s full pillow ratings.