How To Wash Pillows

We don't often think about washing pillows but it's something that should be done on a regular basis, at least once every 3 to 6 months.  Pillows should be washed to remove odors, bacteria and mold.  (yuck!)

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The first thing you need to do is read the label to make sure that your pillow is machine washable.  Some older down pillows are dry clean only so read that label!

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I successfully wash my pillows in a top loader washing machine but if your pillows are large it would be better to go to a laundromat to wash them.


Use warm water, choose the gentle cycle and use a mild liquid detergent like Ivory Snow or Dreft.

Pillows in washing machine

IF you are washing your pillows in a top loader, fill machine halfway first with water and detergent and then pause the cycle.  Gently add your pillows, one at a time, and push down to submerge in the water and release any air bubbles.  Keep the washing machine balanced adding a pillow to the other side if necessary.  Once the pillows no longer float start the wash cycle.

IF using a front loader add pillows and detergent and choose the water temperature (warm) and gentle cycle.

Repeat the rinse cycle once to ensure that all of the detergent has been rinsed away.


If the pillows are dryer safe, add to your dryer and dry on low heat.  I add Nellie's All-Natural Dryerballs to fluff the pillows and speed up the drying process.

If the pillow is not dryer safe dry on a clothes drying rack or the clothesline holding in place with some good old-fashioned clothes pins.

I washed my sons' pillows the other day and they smelled so good and felt so fluffy and I was reminded of just how easy a process it is.

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  1. I need to try this with our pillows. I normally just replace them all every 6 months but that's costly. I have a HE top load (formally front load) washer and hate it you can't determine the water height so I think the pillows would just float on top. Im not sure why manufacturers think water saving washing machines is a good idea. Haven't they ever heard you need soap and WATER to clean things? I'm going to try one pillow and see what happens 🙂

    1. Mary Beth says:

      I'm impressed that you throw your pillows away every 6 months. I have pillows older than my kids LOL OY! If you do decide to give one pillow a try I would love if you could let me know how it turns out. My top loader was a gift from my parents when my oldest son was born and thank God it is like the Energizer takes a lickin' and keeps on tickin'.