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How Often Should You Wash Your Pillows?

How Often Should You Wash Your Pillows?

Posted by The Canningvale Team on 3rd Apr 2024

Are you guilty of neglecting your pillows in the laundry rotation? Don’t worry, you’re not alone! We all know we’re supposed to wash our sheets regularly, but many of us forget about our trusty pillows. But it’s time to give your pillows the attention they deserve because, let’s face it, they put up with a lot! From drool and sweat, dead skin cells and grease from our hair. So let’s dive into the details of how often you should wash your pillows and why it’s crucial for a good night’s sleep.

Why Pillow Washing Matters

First things first, why bother washing your pillows? They also have a pillowcase on them, right? Well, think about all the sweat, dead skin cells and allergens that accumulate over time. Yuck, right? Washing your pillows regularly can help eliminate these nasties, ensuring a clean and hygienic sleeping environment. Plus it can help prolong the life of your pillows and keep them feeling fresh and fluffy.

How Often to Wash Your Pillows

Between 3-6 months is the sweet spot for most people, but if you suffer from allergies, washing more often will keep your pillows free of those nasty dust particles and mites that can exacerbate breathing problems.

📸by featuring our Hypoallergenic European Pillow 

The Cleaning Routine

Now that we understand the “why”, let’s talk about the “how”. How to clean those pillows effectively. Here’s our step-by-step guide to keep your pillows in top shape:


1. Check the Label: Before tossing your pillows in the washing machine, check the care label. Many pillows, like our Hypoallergenic and Oca Goose Down pillow, are machine washable. Just remember not to overload the machine - two at a time is the perfect balance for the drum.

2. Ditch the Dust Mites: Dust mites can wreak havoc on your allergies and your sleep quality. Combat them by using liquid detergent and a few drops of eucalyptus oil in your wash cycle.

3. Warm Wash and Sun Dry: Wash your pillows either by hand or in the machine in cold or warm water on the wool cycle to ensure a thorough clean. Do not bleach. Rinse well. Give them a good shake after washing to restore the loft, then, line dry in the shade - sunlight is a natural disinfectant and will help freshen them up. Do not tumble dry.

4. Regular Refresh: Don’t forget to give your pillows a wash every three months to keep them fluffy and fresh. It’s an easy way to maintain a clean sleeping environment.

Don’t Forget the Pillow Protector!

While we’re on the topic of pillow hygiene, let’s not overlook the importance of a good quality pillow protector - if you get your base layers right, everything else will follow. Then don’t forget to wash your pillowcases regularly. After all, they’re the first line of defence against sweat, oils and allergens. Aim to wash your pillowcases at least once a week to keep them fresh and clean.

📸 featuring our Luxury Cotton Pillow Protector 

So there you have it - the low-down on pillow washing. Remember, a little TLC goes a long way when it comes to maintaining a clean and hygienic sleep environment. Your pillows will thank you and you’ll enjoy sweeter dreams as a result.

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Are you ready to upgrade your sleeping experience with a our Pillows? Share your picks with us @Canningvalelove

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