May 30, 2013
How to Wash Your Pillows (and get all the nasties out!)
Most of us have read by now that our pillows are filled with dust mites and fungus and and probably a whole host of other things we don't like to think about when we crawl into bed at night. Some researches even suggest that a third of your pillow's weight is from bugs, dust mites and skin cells.
And while I don't think that this news is something most of us should spend our time worrying about, it is a good reminder to wash our pillows! Here's how:
1. Load two pillows at a time in a washing machine, ensuring that they are positioned so that the load stays balanced.
2. Do a hot wash using your regular detergent with a few drops of tea tree oil (to kill germs and bugs) and half a cup of baking soda (to remove smells and perspiration stains).
3. If you have a laundry line, wash the pillows on a sunny day and hang them to dry (use lots of clothes pins!). If the pillows have some discoloration due to head sweat it'll almost completely disappear while drying in the sun!
Alternatively, you can dry them in a dryer on the hot setting (Maybe with a few drops of lavender on your dryer balls so that the pillows have a nice relaxing scent?).
Either way, make sure to get them really dry so that they don't get mildewy!
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