How To Wash And Clean Memory Foam Pillow

Your memory foam pillow is a highly personal choice. You use it daily, spend hours with your face pressed up against it, and you love it. But no matter how you use, regular pillow cleaning is a must. So, do you know how to wash and clean memory foam pillow? In this article, we will discuss how you can wash and clean your memory foam pillow.

A memory foam pillow does not get as dirty as other types of pillows, but it still needs regular washing and cleaning to ensure your head is resting on a clean surface. Sweat, saliva, and dead skin cells will find their way into the foam of the pillow. Since memory foam pillow is naturally hypoallergenic, resistant to bacterial growth and dust mites, even then you should give it a good cleaning or freshen it up at least once or twice a year to keep it clean and to provide a healthy sleeping environment.

Just a little dirty pillow

If your pillow seems relatively clean, the only thing you need to do is give it a good freshening up. Remove the pillowcase and pillow protector from the pillow and put them in the wash.

Place the pillow on a towel and sprinkle it with baking soda. Smear the baking soda around with your hand to make sure the pillow is covered. Let the baking soda sit on the pillow for at least an hour. The natural deodorizing properties of baking soda will remove odors from the pillow.

Then vacuum up the baking soda using the upholstery brush attachment on your vacuum. It will leave the pillow smelling fresh, and also remove any dust or hair that might be on the pillow.

Flip the pillow over and repeat the process on the other side. Then put the pillow back in its clean pillow protector and a clean pillowcase and enjoy a good night’s sleep on your fresh-smelling deodorized pillow.

Lightly clean the pillow

If your pillow has a few stains or seems a little dirty, you can do a light cleaning of the surface.

Put some gentle laundry detergent (the kind made for silk and wool) in a bowl of warm water. Dip a clean cloth into the water and very gently rub the stain from the outside toward the center of the pillow. Use a clean area on the cloth to completely remove the stain and not just push it into the foam.

Once the stain is gone, wipe down the pillow with clean water to remove any soap. Let the pillow air dry completely before putting it back in its cover. Never put a memory foam pillow in a dryer. Even on low heat, the tumbling action of the dryer will damage the pillow.

Deep clean the pillow

If your memory foam pillow is very dirty or it has not been cleaned for quite a long time, then you have to give it an extensive cleaning. Do not wash memory foam pillow directly in a washer. The movement of the machine can cause the water-saturated foam to tear.

Fill a sink or bathtub with lukewarm water and add a minimal amount of gentle laundry detergent. Swish the water around to mix the soap. Place the pillow in the water and gently press down to submerge the pillow. Memory foam is slightly sponge-like and will absorb much of the water. Carefully knead the pillow to move the water throughout the foam.

Rinse the pillow with clear water several times to remove all the detergent. Push down on the pillow to squeeze out as much water as possible. Do not wring the pillow. It can tear and damage the material.

Never put a wet or dry memory foam pillow in a dryer because its high heat will melt the foam and its tumbling action will tear the pillow. Use a towel to place a pillow on it on a flat surface and allow it to air dry. If you can put the pillow outside, that will speed up the drying time. Depending on the thickness of the foam, it can take up to 24 hours for a memory pillow to completely dry. If this is your only sleeping pillow, then you have to wash it early in the morning to give it enough time to dry.


It is crucial that you take care of your memory foam pillow and that you keep it clean just like you would anything else. As long as you refrain from putting the pillow in the washer or the dryer, you can clean the pillow several times without causing any damage. In fact, keeping it clean and well-maintained will help to keep it in good shape for years to come.

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