How to Wash Pillows in the Washer

Using white vinegar in your washer ensures your pillows are thoroughly cleaned
Using white vinegar in your washer ensures your pillows are thoroughly cleaned (Image: Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images)

Pillows should be cleaned at least once a month to remove germs, bacteria, dirt and odors. It is safe to wash many types of pillows in a standard washing machine. You can keep pillows looking and smelling fresh without causing damage to the pillows, and there is a simple method to prevent the pillows from losing their shape while they are being dried.

Things You'll Need

  • Washer
  • Non-bleach laundry detergent
  • White vinegar
  • Tennis balls
  • Scented dryer sheets (optional)

Check the labels on the pillow. Only clean pillows in a washing machine if “machine washable” or a similar description is found on the pillow's label.

Remove all items from the washer.

Place one pillow on either side of the washer (two pillows total). Doing so keeps the load balanced in the washer.

Pour one cup of the non-bleach detergent into the washer. Add one cup undiluted white vinegar to the washer.

Run the washer on the gentle cycle.

Place both pillows in a dryer. Place two to three tennis balls into the dryer, as well. The tennis balls ensure the pillows are plump after they're dried.

Run the dryer on the tumble dry setting for 30 minutes. Inspect the pillows and run another tumble dry cycle if they're still damp.

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