Breaking It Down: How to Wash Memory Foam Pillows

Breaking It Down: How to Wash Memory Foam Pillows

Your face hits the pillow errry day! So cleaning your pillow regularly makes total sense.

We're going to break down how to wash memory foam pillows because they need to be treated with a little more care than your regular old bed pillows.

We'll talk about why some people are hesitant to wash their memory foam pillow and also how it can actually extend the life of the memory foam pillow when done correctly.

We'll also touch on what kind of detergent you should use, as well as how often you should be washing your memory foam pillow.

But why bother?

Well, your bed pillow has the tendency to accumulate unwanted elements such as dust, dust mites, and dead skin cells.

Keeping a clean pillow is helpful for preventing breakouts and keeping your facial appearance vibrant and happy.

The key to keeping a clean memory foam pillow is a combination of two things;

  1. Removable pillow covers. They're your first line of defence and need to be machine washable and removable. Make sure you're using one of these as the protective cover will block stains to the material inside.
  2. Clean in a way that is suitable for the type of material your pillow is made up of.
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Our speciality is memory foam pillows, which we recommend cleaning once or twice a year or immediately following any (gasp) spills.

Memory foam pillows are naturally hypoallergenic, making them resistant to growth and dust mites.

The same cleaning technique can be used for memory foam, gel-infused memory foam or memory foam with gel inserts pillows.

Spot Cleaning

Suitable for: small stains and spills

Spot cleaning is a great option for cleaning your memory foam pillow if it is stained or has a small spill and you don't need to wash the entire thing.

The steps are easy, just remove the pillow cover (wash it if needed), then use a dry hand towel to gently dab the stain until you get rid of the moisture.

Next, use mild detergent and lukewarm water to create a stain removing cleaning solution.

Make sure to use gentle cleaning ingredients when spot cleaning your foam pillow.

You'll then need to use a damp cloth together with your cleaning solution before applying it in a circular motion to target affected areas.

Afterwards, use paper towels or dry towels to remove excess water.

Tricky stains such as blood, wine, or pet urine may need the help of baking soda to weaken the stain.

Simply sprinkle baking soda over the affected areas for an hour or two before removing with a vacuum.

Allow the entire pillow to air dry completely before use.


Suitable for: removing bad odour

If it's just a smell you're tackling, try sprinkling baking soda on your solid foam pillow.

Let it sit for an hour or two with as much exposure to direct sunlight as possible.

Cleaning the pillow thoroughly and dusting the dust off the foam is the key to cleaning the foam.

Use the vacuum attachment to vacuum the foam and remove any dust or debris that might be trapped inside.

This little method will keep your pillow smelling fresh.

Deep cleaning

Suitable for: when thorough cleans are needed

Frequency: No more than 1 - 2 times per year

To deep clean your memory foam pillow, fill a large sink or bathtub with lukewarm water and a small amount of gentle soap.

Submerge the pillow gently to evenly spread the solution through its foam-packing.

Don't wash a memory foam pillow in a washing machine as it can cause tearing and damage to the material.

The final spin cycle in a washing machine is notorious for causing this sort of damage.

So instead, allow your pillow to dry on a flat surface and avoid the use of a dryer due to possible damage.

This will typically take up to 24 hours, but it can be sped along with the use of a fan or hair dryer (if the pillow is not too thick).

Gently squeeze any excess liquid from the solid memory foam if you feel any.

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How often should I replace my memory foam pillow?

Memory foam lasts far longer than regular fillings, but you should still replace your memory foam pillow every 18-36 months.


Taking necessary steps to clean your memory foam pillow will keep it fresh, prolong its lifespan, and help you get better sleep.

If not properly cared for, memory foam can easily deteriorate.

When you take care of things, they last. And a cleaner pillow certainly lasts longer.

If you follow all the steps we’ve outlined, your sleep quality will go up and you'll guarantee that good night's sleep!