Regular pillowcases do not keep pillows clean. Though a regular line pillowcase offers some amount of protection to the pillow, a significant amount of body oils, perspiration and dead cells of the skin can pass through the case into the pillow where they are absorbed. This pillow looks dirty because of this debris, oils which slowly destroys the fiber filling the pillow and reducing its lifespan. Pillows that are filled with goose down and other natural fillings are even more likely to get spoiled due to neglect. Hence it is advisable to use pillow protectors which are hypoallergenic and waterproof, to prevent sneezing and increase the pillow life
Users should not wait till their pillows are very dirty to wash them since they are likely to get spoiled when washed using heavy-duty cleaning, using hot water or similar treatment methods. It is recommended that the pillows should be washed when there is less dirt, so that warm water and delicate setting on the washing machine is enough. Handwash only pillows should also be washed frequently. Even if an additional protective pillowcase is used, the pillows should be washed at least once in six months. If the user is suffering from allergies, drools or perspires a lot, the pillow should be washed more frequently. Linen pillowcases should be washed weekly, while it is recommended that regular pillow covers are washed at least once a month.
Bleach for pillow cleaning
Bleach should not be used for killing the germs in the dirty pillows since bleach destroys pillows. Though it is a powerful disinfectant and whitener, the delicate down, fiber pillow fills are degraded by the bleach. The pillow’s outer fabric is also damaged by bleach, so it is more likely to get shredded and torn. It is advisable to wash pillows using milder solutions and pre-soak before washing in the washing machine using the delicate cycle. For whitening, a detergent booster like Borax or Oxiclean may be used.
Making pillows soft
Fabric softener should not be used for pillows since they will make the fibers clump and form mats. To make the pillows fluffy and soft, they should be kept in the dryer with old tennis balls or dryer balls at a low to medium setting for a period of at least one hour. The pillows should be completely dried before removing them since mold and dust mites flourish if there is any moisture left in the pillows.
Replacing pillows when dirty
Many people replace dirty pillows instead of washing them because they think that the pillows will become lumpy. However, high-quality pillows will usually remain washable for a long time, while cheap $5 pillows get spoiled easily. Persons who are forced to use gel or memory foam pillows which are not washable because of the neck, shoulder problems, should purchase high-quality pillow covers, protective cases. These cases, covers should also be washed regularly to maximize the lifespan of the pillow.