Even though is not required to do it as often as with pillow covers, pillows can (and should) be washed once or twice a year to kill the dustmites, fungi and bacteria which are stored in them. We shouldn’t forget that, on average, we spend between seven and eight hours per day breathing directly on the pillow. That makes it the ideal place where fungi, dustmites and some bacteria can create its own ecosystem.
It is recommended to avoid washing duvet, memory foam and latex pillows at home because they need to dry completely, making sure that any moisture in them is totally evaporated. However, fibre pillows can be washed at home in the washing machine without any problem. It is recommended to wash them with hot water to kill all the microorganisms in them, and use a small amount of detergent and softener. To hollow out the pillow during the washing process it is recommended to introduce into the drum one or two tennis balls which will be in charge of moving and redistributing the filling of the pillow as the washing program goes. Once the pillow is clean, it shouldn’t be drained or twisted.
To get it perfectly dry, first of all, the pillow has to be slightly smashed on a smooth and clean surface and then pressed with a dry towel to remove as much moisture as possible. It can also be left on a flat surface, on a couple of towels, turning it periodically in order to prevent the accumulation of moisture on one side. After that, it can be also aired or dried with the tumble dryer.
If we are reluctant to put the pillow in the washing machine, they can be also washed manually, though more time and effort will be needed. In any case, if we are not sure about how to wash our pillow, we can always take it to the laundry where they will perfectly know how to take care of it.