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Can You Put Pillows in the Dryer?

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Limit the proliferation of bacteria, improve your comfort, increase the life of your pillow… There are plenty of good reasons to wash your pillow regularly. Let’s take a look at some of these reasons and find out whether you should dry your pillows in the dryer or not.

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Limit allergies and promote good hygiene

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At night, the pillow absorbs our excess perspiration as well as our saliva. It’s sad, but it’s a fact. Our body dispenses an average of 1.5 liters per night, part of which ends up in our pillow. Humidity and heat come together for dust mites and bacteria to thrive. Washing your pillows will therefore allow you to clean up your sleeping environment and not expose yourself to allergies.

The advice to limit excess humidity: consider choosing a pillow that regulates the temperature with a 100% cotton percale cover. Cotton allows air to pass through for perfect temperature regulation. We also offer quality sheets and a duvet to enrich your bed linen.

Improve the quality of your sleep

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Washing your pillow also brings freshness to your bed linen. An essential condition to help you fall asleep and have a good night’s sleep. With regular washing, no more bad smells! Your pillow smells like laundry and has a soft, pleasant surface. For more freshness, you can even add a few drops of lavender essential oil.

Increase the longevity of your pillow

It is believed that washing a cushion too often risks damaging it prematurely. It’s wrong! On the contrary, regular and conscientious cleaning will help keep it in good condition for longer. It is even possible to give it back its first-day fluffiness by adding a tennis ball when washing.

Wash a feather and down pillow

Pillows and towels with different colors.

Even though feather pillows or down pillows are considered quite delicate, they can withstand machine washing (unless the seller advises otherwise). Preferably, opt for a cycle of 40°C, up to a maximum of 60°C, with a slow spin.

The use of the dryer is quite possible. It is advised to do 2 or 3 drying cycles to maintain a perfect homogeneity of the filling and to get rid of the humidity. Not all pillow fillings can be machine washed or tumble dried. To keep all the fluffiness and support of the pillow, consider slipping a tennis ball into the drum of the dryer.

What about using dry cleaning?

You can also go to a dry-cleaning company to have them wash your feather pillow. If you choose to hand wash, soak your pillow in warm soapy water. Rub gently then rinse it several times to remove all traces of soap.

What about air drying?

If you plan to air dry your feather pillow, allow several days for them to dry flat, but we recommend tumble drying them over several hours instead.

Washing a synthetic pillow

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Synthetic pillows withstand machine washing very well up to 40°C. Just like feather pillows, you can use your dryer. However, during machine washing, the filling may curl up and thus deform the pillow.There are several tips to avoid this phenomenon:

  • Put tennis balls in the machine drum
  • Wash the bed linen at the same time as your pillow to fill the drum as much as possible
  • Wash your synthetic pillows in pairs

To overcome the bad odors that sometimes resist washing, you can add baking soda (about 100 gr.) to your washing powder. It is a very effective natural anti-odor and stain remover.

Washing a memory foam pillow

A person pressing a memory foam for washing.

It is not possible to wash a memory foam pillow, neither in a washing machine nor by hand. Viscoelastic foam does not support water. This would strip it of all its virtues and distort it. In case of stain, you can rub with a damp sponge and let it air dry.

To maintain your memory foam pillow, air it daily to eliminate bacteria. By washing the cover and the pillowcase often. You will remove traces of perspiration. We advise you to wash them every 10 days.

Washing a latex pillow

You cannot wash latex pillows for 2 reasons:

  • The material would be damaged
  • The latex is not easy to dry
  • The maintenance of your latex pillow is identical to that of the memory foam pillow.

If you are looking for an easy-care pillow, we recommend a pillow combining natural and synthetic filling.

How to wash a yellowed pillow?

Over time, perspiration causes yellow stains on your pillow, even if you use a pillow cover. It then takes more than a simple machine wash to succeed in removing yellow from the pillow. Here are the main solutions we recommend.

Soda crystals

Adding half a cup of baking soda to your washing powder may be enough to remove the yellow color. If not, you can try the following process:

If not, you can try the following process:

  1. Fill your washing machine one-third full of boiling water.
  2. Add 1 cup of washing soda, 1 cup of bleach and 1 cup of washing powder.
  3. Run your machine to dissolve the ingredients.
  4. Stop the machine and add the pillows.
  5. Start the usual cycle.

White vinegar

Combining white vinegar with baking soda is also a good solution for cleaning your yellowed pillow. Admittedly, it is a less powerful mixture than the previous one, but it is softer for the textile. This is therefore a trick to favor if your pillow is sensitive.

For preparation, it is exactly the same as for bleach and soda crystals. Dilute everything in a basin of hot water and let the linen soak for an hour before putting it in the washing machine.

Lemon juice

For a 100% natural cleaning solution, choose lemon juice. Indeed, the lemon is not only an appreciable food, but also a disinfectant, whitening and natural deodorant. To take advantage of its virtues, it’s simple; use the juice of 10 lemons that you dilute in a basin of hot water. Leave the textile to soak for 2 hours indoors before washing it normally.

One last tip, if the lemon juice is not enough, add hydrogen peroxide to the preparation (about twice as much water as lemon). The result will be there.

How often should you clean a pillow?

A housekeeper cleaning a yellow pillow.

A feather or down pillow can be cleaned twice a year, while a synthetic pillow will easily withstand washing every 2 months. For allergy sufferers, it is best to wash the synthetic pillow every month.

Likewise, it’s best to wash your pillow more frequently during the fall and winter. Indeed, these seasons are particularly favorable to the proliferation of mites because of the lack of air and the permanent heating. So be especially careful.


The maintenance of a pillow is not to be neglected. Washing a pillow while respecting its material and its filling is the key to prolonging its lifespan, its properties and spending healthy nights. But it’s not just the washing that’s important. It must also be protected on a daily basis. For this, opt for a pillow protector that will provide an additional layer of protection against dust mites.