How to clean and deodorize pillows with baking soda

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When it comes to making your trang chủ feel warm and inviting, throw pillows are an easy & stylish choice. However, they can become dirty over time–either from the natural oils on our bodies or the unavoidable dust và dirt that flows through the air. This makes it all the more important that you know how to lớn clean pillows. Cleaning your pillows is a simple process. & to show you just how easy it is, we’ve put together two handy guides that walk you through the process of machine washing & hand washing pillows.

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Machine Washing Pillows

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Before you wash any of your pillows, read the care labels. Most synthetic, fiberfill and down pillows are machine wash safe, but most foam pillows are spot-clean only. Knowing this information beforehand will save you the agony of destroying your favorite pillows. For pillows that can be machine washed, follow our four easy steps lớn remove the common dirt, hair, dead skin, makeup or sweat to get your pillows fresh & clean again!

Step 1: Remove your pillow from the pillowcase & pillow protector. Take a clean cotton or terry towel, dip it into a baking soda & water paste, and spot clean any deep stains by dabbing the surface of the pillow. As an alternative to lớn the baking soda paste, you can also use a stain removal spray.

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Step 2: Put up to lớn two pillows (for balance purposes) in the washing machine and wash in a mixture of detergent, vinegar, washing soda và dishwasher detergent. The added ingredients help whiten pillows. Why not simply use bleach? Sometimes it can worsen stains instead of removing them. The below mixture can be used for two pillows:

½ cup of vinegar1 cup of dishwasher detergent¾ cup of washing soda3 tablespoons of laundry detergent

Step 3: After you’ve washed the pillows with the mixture, run a second wash cycle with hot water only to lớn remove remaining detergent or washing soda. Sometimes it lingers after one wash cycle.

Step 4: Place your pillows in the dryer on the air dryer or low heat setting. To lớn keep them fluffy, throw in a couple of tennis balls khổng lồ maintain the shape throughout the cycle. If you’re sensitive to lớn smell, put the tennis balls in a pair of socks khổng lồ prevent the rubbery smell from getting on your pillows.

Hand Washing Pillows

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If you’re like us, you love a good memory foam pillow. Their only downfall is that they can’t be thrown into the washing machine. Some outdoor and throw pillows also fall into the spot-clean only category. For these types, it’s extremely important khổng lồ follow the care instructions to avoid any damage. If the instructions say that your pillow can be hand washed, follow our four simple steps khổng lồ get your pillows looking brand new again!


Step 1: Remove your pillow from the protective cover and spot clean stains with a baking soda và water paste. If your pillow has a strong odor, spray a 50/50 vinegar & water mix khổng lồ eliminate the smell. Be sure khổng lồ spray lightly và let the phối stand for five minutes before blotting the pillow dry with a towel.

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Step 2: set your pillow in the sun to help lighten any discolored spots. Using a toothbrush, apply bleach or vinegar khổng lồ treat deep yellow stains. Baking soda can also be used lớn soak up dampness & odor. If you’re applying baking soda, give it a day and then shake or gently vacuum up the baking soda.

Step 3: Hand wash water-safe pillows in a basin with warm water & gentle detergent. Squeeze your pillow lớn help the detergent work its way through the material. Avoid harsh cleaning methods like intense rubbing or wringing, which can cause damage to lớn foam or tear the netting around the pillow. Finally, rinse the pillow under cool water & squeeze the water out.

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Step 4: Lay the pillow flat và allow lớn air dry on a ventilated surface. Some pillows may require up to lớn 24 hours to dry completely.

Cleanliness Tips for Your Pillows

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After all your hard work, we want to lớn make sure you develop good cleanliness habits to lớn keep your pillows in tip-top shape. Whether you have a simple routine that you follow or not, we hope our danh mục of six tips will point you in the right direction!

Tip 1: Wash your face at night to remove makeup or oil & prevent them from staining pillows.

Tip 2: Change pillowcases once a week khổng lồ limit the amount of sweat & natural body toàn thân oils that seep into pillows.

Tip 3: Keep mold và mildew away by using natural linen sprays, which can double as soothing sleep aids.

Tip 4: Use pillow protectors khổng lồ help lessen the amount of dirt, hair, dead skin, makeup và sweat that come into liên hệ with your pillow.

Tip 5: Vacuum pillows that cannot be machine washed to lớn remove dust mites & skin flakes.

Tip 6: Machine wash pillows at least twice a year for pillows that are machine wash safe. You can, of course, wash them more often (experts recommend every three months), but this ultimately depends on your body toàn thân and sleep habits.

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