Sometimes, we work on washing bed sheets and covers without noticing that, over time, the pillows can accumulate a lot of stains and dirt, and even smell, something that is very unhygienic.
It is advisable to wash our pillows at least two / three times a year to eliminate mites, bacteria, fungi and stains that accumulate with daily use. Ideally, you should use a detergent that will clean in depth without damaging the fabrics, such as liquid detergent, in any of its four varieties. In addition, if we consult the manufacturer’s label and attend to the characteristics of the pillow filling, we should not fear that it will deform or lose its qualities.
It is very common that the feathers of this type of pillows release odor after a while. But the advantage is that they are washed comfortably in the washing machine. Just insert two pillows inside the drum and intersperse tennis balls wrapped in socks or stockings, which will shake the feathers throughout the wash. Choose a delicate program and add a little bleach in the detergent box to whiten the pillow and make the yellowish spots disappear. To ensure that there is no soap remaining in the pillow fill, schedule an additional rinse once the wash is finished.
To dry it you can place it in the air, on a flat surface, trying to move it from time to time so that the feathers are distributed. If the manufacturer’s label allows it, use the dryer in a cold program with tennis balls to dry them completely.
Synthetic padding pillow
We will recognize this type of pillows because even if we deform them, they immediately recover their shape. To wash by hand, it is sufficient to leave the filling to soak for 12 hours in a tub or tub with water and ammonia (or mild detergent), then rinse with plenty of water and let it dry in the open air. So that it does not deform, we will dry it horizontally and shake the filling from time to time to ensure it dries evenly.
If we prefer to wash the synthetic pillow in the washing machine, we will have to consult the label of the manufacturer to choose the most suitable program, usually a delicate one. Insert two pillows into the washing machine to make the load more balanced. Pedes add a splash of bleach in the box of the washing machine to remove the yellowish spots and give an additional rinse to make sure that in the filling no detergent remains. To dry it we can also resort to the dryer by applying an appropriate program to the instructions of the label, normally one of minimum heat.
In general, it is recommended to wash these types of pillows by hand. For this you can use a basin of water with a little mild soap and rub with a sponge the surface in circles to eliminate accumulated stains. To dry it, place it outdoors on a flat surface and keep it from the sun.
Normally manufacturers recommend not washing this type of pillows because they can lose their physical properties. Thus, they advise limiting themselves to washing the covers and, in case there is no other choice, to rinse the pillow in water with mild soap and rinse, to let it dry outdoors in a well-ventilated place.
Pillows with yellow spots
Sweat, saliva, hair grease and the remains of dirt on the skin, leave a trace on our pillow with the passage of weeks to the point that yellow spots are formed with visible fences. To avoid that these yellow spots are fixed it is important to wash the pillow as well as the protective cover of it. In this way, we will prevent the filling from accumulating a bad smell and prolonging its useful life.
On the one hand, to whiten the protective cover of the pillow and eliminate those unsightly yellowish spots, we recommend using sodium per carbonate. Treat the covers before putting them in the washing machine and use an intensive program of at least 60º. Likewise, with the pillows you can eliminate the yellow spots by carrying out this previous treatment and putting them in the washing machine following the specifications that we have given you previously according to the case.
If you prefer a homemade solution, try mixing a base of water (4 liters) with 150 ml of lemon juice and add just before introducing the garment hydrogen peroxide (300 ml). Let the pillow rest and then rinse before putting it in the washing machine.