How to Remove Smells From a Memory Foam Pillow

You spend about one-third of your life sleeping, so it is important to sleep on a quality mattress and to use a quality pillow. Memory foam is a popular choice for pillows and mattresses. Memory foam is more expensive than a traditional mattress and pillow; you want to get as much use out them before replacing them. If your memory foam pillow smells, there are a few steps to take to eliminate the odor.

Things You'll Need

  • Mild detergent
  • Water
  • Spray bottle
  • Baking soda
  • Hydrogen peroxide
  • Clean rags
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Instructions

    • 1

      Gently wipe the foam pillow with a solution made from warm water and a mild detergent. Do not machine wash the pillow.

    • 2

      Allow the pillow to dry. You may allow it to dry outside, but if you do, do not leave it in direct sunlight for more than 24 hours.

    • 3

      Sprinkle baking soda on the pillow and allow it to sit for at least a day. Vacuum the baking soda and turn the pillow over, repeat the process.

    • 4

      Wipe the pillow gently with a solution made from warm water and hydrogen peroxide. Allow the pillow to dry. You may allow it to dry outside, but if you do, do not leave it in direct sunlight for more than 24 hours.

    • 5

      Repeat the steps above. Allow the pillow to fully dry before sleeping on it. Keep the pillow smelling fresh by placing a fresh dryer sheet in the pillowcase, on the bottom side of the pillow.

Tips & Warnings

  • Do not scrub your pillow vigorously. The cloth could tear at the foam and otherwise damage your pillow. While commercial deodorizers may be safe to use, according to MemoryFoamNetwork.com, the deodorizer may only mask the smell, allowing it to return over time.

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