In today’s post we’ll talk about how to wash memory foam pillows properly for a great night’s sleep for years to come!
You may remember that I mentioned how we’d tried out some new memory foam pillows last spring. We still love these pillows! The ones that we have are shredded memory foam pillows and nothing like the big brick foam pillows that we’ve tried in that past. Those old ones seemed to always get squished down so quickly and then they just weren’t supportive anymore. These memory foam pillows can be fluffed up and molded to any shape you need just like a down pillow, only they offer so much more support. Almost a year later, they’re still going strong! I thought it might be helpful to go over the process for washing these pillows since it looks like they’ll be sticking around. If you’ve decided to try out one of these pillows too, you might be also noticing that it’s great and it doesn’t seem to be getting worn out the way others do. So you might be starting to think about washing it too. 🙂
How Often to Wash Memory Foam Pillows
The manufacturer of our pillows suggests only washing the pillow once per year to make sure that the memory foam lasts as long as possible and to avoid it breaking down more quickly than necessary. The pillows come with a protective outer cover though, and you can remove that and wash it as often as you want.
I have to admit that since I really love washing our bedding, I’m washing my pillows a little more frequently than the manufacturer’s suggestions, but my pillows are still in tip-top shape!
How to Wash the Protective Outer Pillow Case
I thought I’d include this just in case your memory foam pillow has an outer case the same as ours do.
To wash it, remove the outer case from the pillow and wash it on a delicate cycle in your machine with cold water. Use only regular detergent and stay away from using bleach or fabric softener. Dry it in the dryer on low.
How to Wash the Inner Pillow
First, remove the outer cover if you haven’t done that already.
Take a small safety pin and pin the zipper closed so you don’t lose any of the shredded memory foam in the washing machine.
Wash the pillow using the delicate cycle with cold water. Again, use only regular detergent and don’t use any bleach or fabric softener.
How to Dry the Inner Pillow
If you’re washing multiple pillows and you had them all in the washing machine together for the wash cycle, you’ll need to split them up for the dryer. It’s best to dry your pillows individually so that they dry more quickly and thoroughly. It’s very important that your pillows are fully dry before you replace the outer cover and put them back on your bed.
Tumble dry your pillow on low and repeat the drying cycle an additional time if you find that your pillow isn’t fully dry after the first time through the dryer.
That’s it! Now you have fresh, clean pillows once again!
Do you have one of these shredded memory foam pillows? Do you love yours as much as we love ours?
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Courtenay Hartford is the author of creeklinehouse.com, a blog based on her adventures renovating a 120-year-old farmhouse in rural Ontario, Canada. On her blog, Courtenay shares interior design tips based on her own farmhouse and her work as founder and stylist of the interior photography firm Art & Spaces. She also writes about her farmhouse garden, plant-based recipes, family travel, and homekeeping best practices. Courtenay is the author of the book The Cleaning Ninja and has been featured in numerous magazines including Country Sampler Farmhouse Style, Better Homes and Gardens, Parents Magazine, Real Simple, and Our Homes.