How to Detox Memory Foam Pillows

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Things You'll Need

  • Vacuum with a handheld hose attachment

  • Spray bottle

  • Hydrogen peroxide or white vinegar

  • Liquid laundry detergent for delicates

  • Hose with sprayer attachment (if outside)

  • Handheld shower sprayer (if inside)


The key to detoxifying memory foam is to flood the pillow with enough liquid that you “wash” the contaminants out through the other side rather than just forcing them deeper into the foam. Therefore, carry out these operations in a sink, a bathtub stall or outdoors. It will take a long time for your pillow to dry. Speed the process a little by turning it occasionally and pressing it with a clean dry towel to bring the inner water to the surface. If you must dry it indoors, place it in front of an electric fan.


Check the care label on your pillow to see if it’s safe to try non-professional cleaning. Hydrogen peroxide will discolor the foam. It may also discolor your clothing, so dress accordingly. If you are working outside, place the pillow on a clean area or protect it with a tarp or towel to keep it from getting muddy. Do not wring the foam to dry it; it will tear the fibers. Do not use a hair dryer’s “heat” setting to speed drying or place the pillow near a heater; heat will damage the foam.

Keep your pillows fresh and clean.

Memory foam pillows are excellent sleep aids. They can stop snoring, help relieve back and neck pain and adjust to your body to provide maximum comfort and support while you sleep. They are more complicated to clean than regular stuffed pillows since you can't just throw them in the washer and dryer. All pillows may become blemished with urine, blood or other stains, though, so it's good to know how to clean and detox yours at home.

Step 1

Remove your pillow from the case, and vacuum both sides thoroughly. Avoid vacuuming any wet areas.

Step 2

Fill the spray bottle with a solution of half water, half hydrogen peroxide or half water, half white vinegar.

Step 3

Place the pillow in the bathtub or sink (if indoors) or on a clean surface (if outdoors). Spray the stained area of the pillow thoroughly with the cleaning solution, wetting the foam until the liquid runs out the other side.

Step 4

Rinse with the hose or spray shower head. Squeeze gently to remove most of the water.

Step 5

Empty and rinse the spray bottle. Fill with warm water and 2 tbsp. of detergent. Spray the pillow thoroughly, front and back, with the detergent solution. Rinse until the water runs clear.

Step 6

Remove as much water as you can by folding the pillow in half and pushing firmly. Stand the pillow on edge, and let it sit in the sun until it's completely dry.


Siva Stephens

Siva Stephens has been a writer since she could hold a pencil. She has written newspaper articles, medical manuals, advertising copy and gags for cartoonists. Stephens has been publishing online since 2004, most recently as a contributing author for the Oregon Encyclopedia Project.