Even with protectors, pillows should be washed at least twice a year, according to Martha Stewart and can last up to a decade if properly maintained.

How to wash and care for your pillows at TidyMom.net

My name is Cheryl, and I’m a pillow snob. I’m a bit obsessed with pillows.  I LOVE a good pillow, and have found over the years, when it comes to pillows, you definitely get what you pay for.  After many years of playing pillow roulette, I’ve settled on down feather pillows for our bed.  It might be a little hard to swallow at first, if you are used to paying for synthetic-fill pillows.  Expect to pay at least twice as much for down pillows. Down pillows, like feather pillows, can last up to a decade if properly maintained, while even the highest-grade synthetics will likely need replacing after a few years.  So really you pay more in the beginning, but you will have a pillow that will last five times longer! Most people wash their sheets once a week, but rarely, if ever wash their pillows. How to wash and care for your pillows at TidyMom.net

Washing Pillows

According to Martha Stewart, pillows should be washed at least twice a year. First, read the care label to confirm that your pillow (whether it’s down or synthetic) can be machine washed, most can be, but it’s best to double check. Use a mild liquid detergent, powder detergent can leave residue.  Wash a pair of pillows together to keep the machine balanced and run them through the rinse cycle twice to rinse them fully.  My washer has a specialty cylcle for pillows, if your machine doesn’t have this feature, wash pillows on the delicate cycle.

Drying Pillows

For down and feathers, use the air cycle and dry thoroughly. Dampness left in a pillow can lead to mold, so its important to make sure pillows are completely dry. For synthetics, use the low heat setting as high heat can cause clumping.   You can throw in a few clean, thick dry towels to help absorb some of the moisture, for faster drying.  Throwing in a couple of tennis balls wrapped in white socks during the dryer cycle helps to re-fluff the pillows (the white socks will prevent dye in the tennis ball from transferring to your pillow) .

How to wash and care for your pillows at TidyMom.net

Air Out Pillows

Once a month, air out pillows by hanging them on a clothesline outside (I just place my in chairs).  Try to keep them in the shade, or put them out on an overcast day, prolonged exposure to direct sunlight can deteriorate the natural fibers. If your pillows have stains that have penetrated through to the lining, spot-clean them with a mild detergent; air thoroughly to prevent mold.  If it’s too chilly to put pillows outside, you can give pillows a 15 minute tumble in the dryer using medium heat.

Cover and Protect

Down pillows require a zip-on protective cover, as well as a pillowcase. Besides protecting against dust, humidity and natural oils, covers help down pillows keep their shapeWash covers weekly when you wash pillowcases and sheets.

Fluff Daily

All pillows, except for foams, must be fluffed on a daily basis, in-order to maintain a natural resilience of the filling material. A daily fluffing will also prevent dust from collecting and will redistribute the filling evenly.  It’s a great way to work out any frustrations each day while you make the bed {wink}.  Fluffing will help your pillows last longer and keep them looking great!

The only thing better than getting into a bed with clean sheets, is a bed with clean fresh smelling pillows!……..ahhhhhh.


Be sure to stick around, I’ll have some pillows to giveaway next week!!

So lets hear it, are you a side, back or tummy sleeper?