There's not much better than resting your head on a nice, fluffy pillow at the end of a long, hard day. But over time, pillows collect the oils from your hair along with any sweat and can become a hotbed for allergens. They also can get a musty smell. Follow the proper procedure to clean your bed pillows so you can be at ease when you float off to sleep.

A delicate washing will bring new life back to your pillows.

Step 1

Read the tag on your pillows for specific care instructions, and adhere closely to the manufacturer's recommendations.

Step 2

Wash the pillows in hot water on the delicate cycle if no tag is present. Wash two pillows at a time to keep the washing machine in balance. Your regular detergent is fine.

Step 3

Run the pillows through an extra rinse cycle or two to ensure that all of the soap has been washed out of them.

Step 4

Run the pillows through an extra spin cycle or two to get out as much water as possible.

Step 5

Toss them into the dryer with several tennis balls. This will help to fluff the pillows, squeeze more water out of them and speed the drying time.

Step 6

Check the pillows for dryness after the cycle is complete. Continue running them until they feel completely dry.

Step 7

Set your pillows out in the sun for a few hours to finish drying if you're not sure you got all of the moisture out of them.