Pillow Smell: Get Rid of Your Pillow’s Stinky Smell Using These 3 Ways

Pillow Smell: Get Rid of Your Pillow's Stinky Smell Using These 3 Ways

Would it be better if after a day’s work you will take the needed rest to a welcoming pillow that will just set you off to sleep uninterrupted? A good scent can make sleep comfortable and sound as studies find. But sadly, unpleasant pillow smell happens over time.

The only way to get rid of this distressing smell is to clean your pillows periodically.

Good news is cleaning pillow is a simple process. You can either hand wash it or machine wash it.

To guide you on how to do this simple process, this article will walk you through on the steps on how to wash your pillows properly that won’t ruin your delicate pillows.

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How to remove pillow smell through hand wash

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If for instance you have a pillow that are not machine washable like memory foam pillows and silk pillows, washing it by hand is the way to go. It’s a straightforward method, easy and fast. Memory foam pillows and silk pillows are very delicate so extra care is needed when washing. Remember to use mild detergent and warm water in order not ot damage its material. The only thing that takes time is when drying them.

Step 1: Fill a large basin or bathtub with warm water and 1 to 2 tablespoons of mild laundry detergent.
Step 2: Place the memory foam in a mesh laundry bag or pillowcase to ensure that the foam stays intact.
Step 3: Submerged the pillow completely in the water.
Step 4: Gently squeeze the pillow and swoosh it around under the water so that the water and detergent can work their way to the pillow.
Step 5: Drain the water and repeat the process but this time with no detergents only warm water.
Step 6: Gently squeeze the pillow into the water to rinse and push any detergents out.
Step 7: Drain the water from the tub or basin to get the detergents out from the pillow.
Step 8: With the pillow lying on the tub, use a dry towel and gently push against the pillow with the towel absorbing excess moisture or water. Flip to the other side of the pillow and repeat the process.
Step 9: Let the pillow air dry by hanging it. Remember not to wring or twist it to avoid damaging the foam.

How to remove pillow smell through machine wash

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Here are some things to remember when washing pillows in the washing machine.

  • Always check the manufacturer’s tag if your pillow is machine washable.
  • If you have a washer agitator you can remove them. Or if it is not removable then you can set it to the gentlest and shortest setting as an agitator can cause damage to the pillows.
  • Wash two pillows at a time to get an even clean.

Aside from that, you are ready to go.

Step 1: Remove the pillowcase and pillow protector and place them in the washing machine.
Step 2: Place the pillows in the washing machine and set the timer to a hot temperature. Hot water can disinfect and kill dust mites naturally without using harsh cleaners or chemicals.
Step 3: Add your detergent and turn the washing machine on. Once the cycle is complete, press the pillow with a clean dry towel to remove the excess water.
Step 4: Air dry by hanging it outside or placing it under the sun.

How to wash feather pillows and wash down pillows

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Another type of pillows that are delicate to wash is the father and wash down pillows. Giving them the proper wash is important so as not to damage them. Here’s a guide to how to wash them properly.

Step 1: Remove the pillowcase and pillow protector and check if there are any rips. If there are, stitch them up so that it won’t scatter all over the place.
Step 2: Place two pillows at a time using a top-load machine or a front-load machine without agitator. If in case, your machine has an agitator its recommended to place the pillows vertically to prevent it from tangling and damage.
Step 3: Add a mild detergent to the washing machine. You can use a lesser amount of detergent than you would normally have on a full load.
Step 4: Set the washing machine to a gentle or delicate wash cycle and start it up.
Step 5: Select a second rinse cycle once the wash cycle is complete to ensure that all detergents are completely removed.
Step 6: Dry your pillows. There are two simple methods to do the drying. You can either air dry them in the sun which is a natural sanitizer and bleach that whitens your pillows or place your feather pillows in the dryer on a no-heat-dry setting with a couple of dryer balls.

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Washing tips

1. Wash more than one pillow at a time so that the filler inside the pillow will still be intact and can be cleaned more thoroughly. You may wash 3 to 4 pillows if your washing machine can tolerate that capacity. The front-loader machine has difficulty with the balance of the load causing it not to clean well and not spin the final rinse as well.

2. Use mild detergent and little bleach when washing your pillow and do not use fabric softener. The use of mild laundry detergent will keep the pillow entirely clean and a little bleach can help in sanitizing the pillow. Avoid fabric softener as it will only mask pillow smells and encourage them the more.

3. If you are not comfortable using bleach to your pillows, you can try this natural mixture of 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar, 1 cup dishwashing detergent, 3/4 cup baking soda and 3 tablesoppns laundry detergent. This is good for two pillows then run-up to the second cycle with hot water on your washing machine to remove the detergents and baking soda completely.

3. Always make sure that the pillows are totally dried out before your use or store them away. You can let them dry in the sun as it is a natural sanitizer or you can put the pillow in the dryer machine if they are not yet fully dry and run a short hot cycle.

4. Consider using pillow protectors for keeping your pillow smelling good. This will provide a layer of protection between your head and your pillow. Just change the pillow protectors as often as you changed your sheets to prevent pillow smell.

5. Do not wash pillows in the washing machine with an agitator. The agitator will only beat the filler and displaces it within the pillow and it will be hard to re-shape them again.

Tips to keep your pillow clean

Having a clean pillow will make certain a good night’s sleep and an assurance of a sleep easy pillow smell that is nice, gentle, and refreshing.

Here are some tips that you can add up to your usual cleaning routine whether you just want to have a smelling good pillow or keep them in good condition.

1. Wash your face before going to bed to remove any make-up that can stain your pillows.

2. To lessen the natural oils, sweat, and dust, change pillowcases at least once a week.

3. Keep mold and mildew away by using natural linen spray that can also act as an air freshener to freshen up your room and a soothing sleeping aid.

4. You can vacuum pillows that can’t be machine washed to get rid of mites, hair, and skin flakes.

5. Use pillow protectors to reduce the amount of dirt, dust, and other elements that may come in contact with your pillows.

6. Washing your pillow at least two times in a year will be good to avoid a stinky pillow but you can always clean it depending on your usage and sleep habits.

7. Dry your pillow in the sun. The sun is a natural sanitizer and putting them outside under the heat of the sun will remove the horrible smell no matter what.

Frequently asked questions

1. How often should I wash my pillows?

As a general rule, you should clean your pillows every 2 to 3 months to keep the quality and longevity of your pillows intact for a long time. You can replace them every after 2 years but it still depends on how much you take good care of them which can save you lots of dollars if you take care of them really well.

2. How can you tell if pillows are ok for machine wash?

Most types of pillows are machine wash friendly meaning you can put them on your washing machine and set it to run on a gentle wash cycle. However, there are types of pillows that can only be washed by hands so make sure to check on the status of the specific material of your pillows.

For memory foam pillow smells like sweat, you can hand wash them separately and follow the manufacturer’s care instructions or you can go after the list of how to clean it on this article. Either way, it gets the job done.

3. How do you remove stains from pillows?

You can try a spot on clean by mixing baking soda and water to make a paste. Take clean cotton or towel then dip it on the mixture and dab it to the surface of the pillow for spot cleaning. This method is applicable to all pillows with stains, especially for most foam pillows.

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