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A simple way to remove stains and odours from pillows that can’t be machine washed or submerged in water, such as latex and memory foam pillows.
Today I’d like to share a simple way to remove ugly stains and bad smells from pillows that can’t be machine washed or submerged in water.
Using this technique, I took my pillows from this:
You can use this method to clean a variety of pillows that can’t be machine washed. This includes memory foam pillows and latex pillows. You can also use this method to spot-clean other types of pillows, such as polyester and cotton pillows.
How to clean pillows that can’t be washed
- Bicarbonate of soda / Baking soda. They’re the same thing.
- Hydrogen peroxide or creme hair developer. I prefer using hair developer – see ‘preliminary notes’ for why.
- A rag and a scourer/sponge with abrasive surface
- Essential oil. I like using lavender essential oil.
Some preliminary notes
- It’s best to start the cleaning process in the morning so that your pillows have ample time to dry. Sleeping on damp pillows is unpleasant and causes your pillows to go musty.
- When it comes to cleaning pillows, I prefer to use creme hair developer (which contains hydrogen peroxide) rather than straight hydrogen peroxide. Creme developer is usually a thin paste, which makes it easier to spread on a specific stain without dampening the rest of the pillow, reducing drying time.
- Remove your pillow cover. Quickly run your vacuum cleaner over the pillow, front and back.
- Mix together 2 parts creme developer/hydrogen peroxide to 1 part bicarbonate of soda/baking soda.
- Use a rag to dab the hydrogen peroxide mix on to any visible stains. Let it sit for fifteen minutes, then use a scourer to scrub the stains. If the stains are stubborn, reapply the hydrogen peroxide/baking soda mix and leave it to sit for twenty minutes.
- Once you have removed the stains, dab your pillow with a wet rag to remove the remaining hydrogen peroxide.
- Hang your pillow out to dry on a clothes line for a few hours.
- Once your pillow is dry, add a few drops of essential oil to some bicarbonate of soda/baking soda. Sprinkle the mixture on to your pillow. Allow it to sit for a few hours. During this time, the bicarb soda will absorb the bad smells.
- To finish, vacuum your entire pillow again, front and back. For an even nicer smell, you can add a few drops of essential oil to your pillow protecter before you put a fresh pillow case on.