Pillows bring comfort when sitting on the sofa or getting ready to go to sleep for the night. After awhile, pillows become dusty and dirty. Back Designs recommends giving your pillows a good cleaning twice each year. Most pillows can be washed in a washing machine, but some may need to be washed by hand. Drying pillows can be challenging because they take longer to dry than most garments.

Most pillows can be washed and dried.

In the Washer and Dryer

Step 1

Group your pillows according to the washing directions found on their tags. Make a pile of all your machine washable pillows.

Step 2

Set your washing machine to a delicate cycle and begin filling it with water. The water temperature should be set following the instructions on the pillow's tag. When in doubt, use cold water.

Step 3

Add a mild detergent, such as Woolite, to the water as the washer is filling up. Don't put the pillows in until the water level reaches the top. This allows the soap to mix properly.

Step 4

Place a tennis ball in the water and then add the pillows. The tennis ball will keep the pillows from bunching up.

Step 5

Open the lid to the washing machine when it's time for the rinse cycle. Pour 1/4 cup of vinegar into the washer. This will help remove any left over soap residue that may be on the pillows.

Step 6

Transfer your pillows to the dryer when they have finished washing. Use the dryer heat setting recommended on the pillow's tag. When in doubt, use a low heat setting.

Step 7

Check the dryer every 15 minutes and fluff your pillows. Continue this cycle until the pillows are dry.

By Hand

Step 8

Group together all pillows with tag directions to hand wash only.

Step 9

Fill your bathtub halfway full with lukewarm water. Add a mild detergent to the water while it is running.

Step 10

Press the pillows in the water and squeeze them so that the water penetrates the inside of the pillow. Squeeze each pillow for two to three minutes.

Step 11

Drain the water and fill the tub back up with clean water. Add 1/4 cup of vinegar to the water to help rinse off the detergent.

Step 12

Squeeze each pillow for another two to three minutes to get the detergent out from inside of the pillow. It may also help to hold each pillow under running water. When you have finished, drain the water and squeeze excess water out of each pillow before drying.

Step 13

Hang the pillows outside where they can air dry. This will take several hours, but it is important that you do not bring them in until they are completely dry. Any moisture left in the pillow can grow mold or mildew.