It’s cold and flu season, and this one is rough. You want to do everything you can to prevent the spread.
That includes washing and disinfecting your bed things — pillows, blankets, sheets — to get rid of those pesky sick germs.
Cleaning your blankets and sheets is easy, but how the heck do you even go about cleaning a pillow without ruining it?
It’s possible, and we’re going to tell you how!
How To Wash And Disinfect Your Pillows
First of all, you want to check the label on your pillow to make sure it is okay to wash and dry.
Some pillows can’t take super high heat or bleach. You want to take that into consideration when cleaning and sanitizing your pillows.
Next, you need to gather a few items. You probably already have these items in your cleaning arsenal at home.
- Baking Soda
- Regular Laundry Detergent
- Optional: Natural Dryer Balls
1) Now, you want to pre-disinfect your pillows before you go throwing them into the washing machine.
Lightly spritz each pillow (both sides) with a mist of vinegar. You don’t need to soak the pillow in the vinegar.
2) Give a little sprinkle baking soda to each pillow (both sides). This will not only help clean it, but will take the vinegar smell out of the pillow.
3) Take the pillows, and place them outside in the sun. Don’t lay them directly on the ground, as this will obviously make the pillows dirty.
Let them sit in the sun for about 2 hours, and then flip the pillows. Let the other side of the pillows soak up those rays for another 2 hours.
4) Now, you want to put your pillows, preferably 2 at a time (to balance the washer) into the washing machine.
You don’t want to wash them with other clothes. Just the pillows.
Use regular detergent, and — if the tags on your pillows say it’s okay — throw a capful of bleach into the water.
Wash the pillows in the hottest water the tag permits, and spin them twice if your machine does that. You want as little water as possible in the pillows when you toss them into the dryer.
5) Dry them on hot — depending on your pillow. The heat is what really kills those germs.
6) You can throw Natural Dryer Balls into the dryer while drying the pillows. This will really help fluff them up.