How to Clean Bed Pillows

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Our bed pillows can really take a beating, and are sometimes forgotten. ​Pillows should be washed at least every three months​ to rid them of things such as skin cells, dust mites, moisture, and body oils. They can turn yellow over time, and that is totally normal. This step-by-step tutorial will show you how to clean bed pillows easily so you can feel good about where you rest your head each night.

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Things You'll Need

Step 1

Start by running your washing machine on the hottest setting and for a large load.

Step 2

Add laundry detergent to the running water in the washer. Add what you would typically use for a full load of laundry.

Step 3

Add 1/2 cup of washing soda to the wash. Washing soda will help lift any stains and whiten your pillows.

Step 4

For a fresh, relaxing scent, add five drops of lavender essential oils to the wash.

bottles of essential oil, lavender sprigs, a glass beaker, and a spray bottle full of diy room spray

Step 5

Place up to two pillows at a time in the washing machine once detergent and washing soda have been added.

Step 6

Once the washing machine has stopped, place the pillows in the dryer in the dryer on low heat for a full cycle. This will dry and fluff your pillows and help restore them to their original shape.

Tip:​ To see if it is time to replace your bed pillows, fold them in half. When you let go, if they pop back to normal, keep them. If they stay folded, it's time to invest in new pillows.

Your pillows are ready to be used again!

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Jessica owns two blogs, Mom 4 Real and Pour Me a Cocktail. She has been sharing easy cleaning tips, recipes and ideas with her readers for over 7 years. She has been featured on the Rachel Ray Show, TODAY Parenting, MSN, Country Woman Magazine and more.