Clean Your Pillow for Better Sleep & Comfort
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How to Clean a Pillow
How to Clean a Pillow

How to Clean a Pillow

Pillows are an essential sleep tool that people use for comfort. From a modern medical perspective, the human spine looks like a straight line from the front, but it has four physiological curves when viewed from the side. To protect the normal physiological curvature of the neck and maintain normal physiological activity during sleep, pillows are a necessity. The pillows we refer to are typically composed of two parts: a pillow core and a pillowcase.

The pillow is one of our closest companions when we sleep, but if used improperly, they can affect our health. Therefore, experts suggest that it is best to check whether your pillow is suitable or not. Most of us regularly wash our pillowcases but rarely wash our pillow cores. Because we strongly believe that pillowcases can protect pillow cores effectively, and as long as we wash them periodically, the pillowcases can keep the pillows clean and hygienic. However, saliva and sweat secreted during sleep can penetrate into the pillow, breed bacteria, and cause allergies and diseases. Therefore, we should wash our pillows every 3-6 months.

Here are some correct methods for washing pillows by hand

  • Use mild laundry detergent for washing. 
  • Put the pillow into the laundry detergent solution and continuously squeeze the pillow with your hands until it is clean. Be sure to squeeze out excess detergent.
  • Rinse with clean water until the pillow is clean, and then squeeze out excess water. 
  • Lay the pillow flat to dry. This will make it softer and fluffier.

When machine washing pillows, pay attention to the following

  • Use mild laundry detergent for washing. 
  • Use a large washing machine that can accommodate your pillows.
  • Drying with the dryer, the pillow will easier to restore its original elasticity and become softer and fluffier.

Pillows need to be aired frequently to kill bacteria

People usually only pay attention to cleaning and drying bedding, pillowcases, and pillows but seldom “invite” pillows to breathe and dry outside. Every night when we sleep, pillows act as the “throat passage” through which the bedding breathes through. In addition, when people sleep, impure gases are exhaled in large quantities, and sweat and dirt secreted by the scalp make pillows heaven for “hiding dirt.” Just cleaning the external pillowcase and pillowcase is only a “symptomatic treatment,” but the odor inside the pillow cannot be removed. Therefore, pillows have become one of the dirtiest places in modern homes, and we are not trying to scare you. Especially for people with infectious diseases in the respiratory tract, digestive tract, or head skin, bacteria and viruses may be contaminated inside the pillow, which may cause cross-infection between spouses or children. Therefore, your pillow needs to be aired and disinfected frequently to maintain hygiene. For families with conditions, in addition to sunning pillows frequently, you should also change their pillow cores frequently. According to medical experts' suggestions, pillow cores should be changed at least once every two years, preferably once a week.

Cleaning and maintenance of different pillows

Latex pillows. Soak in cold water, gently press by hand, and then rinse with clean water repeatedly until clean. Then wrap it in a dry cloth to absorb most of the moisture and place it in a cool place to dry. Do not expose it to the sun to prevent material deterioration and oxidation.

Down pillows. Down is easy to ball up when wet, so do not wash it with water. During maintenance, you can pat the pillow lightly with your hands to keep it fluffy and blow it in a ventilated place to remove sweat and moisture. If the pillow is really dirty, you can send it to a dry cleaner for cleaning.

When should you replace your pillow?

1. It is better for your health to replace your pillow every 2-3 years because many bacteria breed inside the pillow that cannot be easily cleaned even after washing.

2. Pillows will deform after 2-3 years of use. At the beginning of use, pillows have a certain shape. They will become deformed after 2 to 3 years of use, which will have an adverse effect on our cervical spine health.

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In summary, pillows are essential for a good night's sleep but require proper maintenance to ensure they remain clean and hygienic. Regular cleaning and airing of pillows are necessary to kill bacteria and maintain hygiene. Remember to replace your old pillows every 2-3 years for better cervical spine health.