How to Wash Pillows in the Washer

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Things You'll Need

  • Washer

  • Non-bleach laundry detergent

  • White vinegar

  • Tennis balls

  • Scented dryer sheets (optional)

Using white vinegar in your washer ensures your pillows are thoroughly cleaned

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.


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Step 1

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.

Step 2

Remove all items from the washer.


Step 3

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

Step 4

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


Step 5

Run the washer on the gentle cycle.

Step 6

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.

Step 7

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.