Uploaded on Jan 29, 2012
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Learn the right way to clean your dirty pillows (and how to test them)! Warning...this may get gross!
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Cleaning expert, Melissa Maker, shows us how to properly clean our pillows, an often overlooked cleaning task. Melissa teaches us about a quick test which will let you know when it is time to replace your pillows and if they pass the test - we will learn how to clean our pillows, quickly and easily!
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Nicky asked: How often do I clean my pillow? And how do I clean my pillow?
Did you know?
Your pillow doubles in weight over a span of time from absorbing dust, mold, bacteria, allergens, and dead skin when we sleep on them.
To test if you need a new pillow:
Fold your pillow in half and if it won't bounce back, get rid of it. If it springs to life when folded over, it's still good.
Best practices: Wash your pillows 3x a year and replace them once every 2 years.
Note: You can wash polyester and feather-filled pillows the same way. For memory or silk pillows, washed them separately and follow product care instructions.
To clean your pillows:
Use a gentle detergent that is ideally scent-free. Press out as much air as possible before loading it into the washer. For top load washers, do 2 at a time for balance. Front loads don't have an agitator so you can do 1-2 per load. Set your machine to run a full cycle using warm water. Run a second spin cycle to help eliminate excess moisture. By removing excess moisture, you'll help reduce mold growth and any unpleasant odors from developing. To dry, take 2 tennis balls and split them into 2 socks. Tie the socks to secure the tennis balls in place. The tennis balls will help beat out excess moisture while putting them in socks will prevent the smell and color of the tennis ball from transferring to your pillows. Put the pillows in the dryer using a low heat setting. It may take a few cycles to fully dry the pillows. Once dry, take a deep smell of the pillow to test if there's still moisture in the pillow.
If your pillow smells, add half a cup of baking soda into the wash.
If you pillow is musty, moldy or has mildew, throw in some vinegar into the wash cycle.
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