Can You Wash Memory Foam Pillows?

Can You Wash Memory Foam Pillows?

Posted by Dr. Cannon on Feb 16th 2023

Memory foam pillows are a lifesaver for those of us who are looking for a good night's sleep. But just like a fish out of water, if we don't maintain them, memory foam pillows can become stained, smelly, and harbor dust mites.

So, can you wash memory foam pillows, or will the foam lose its shape and support like a deflated balloon? Unlike most pillows, memory foam is naturally hypoallergenic, however, memory foam pillows can still trap dead skin cells and sweat, making it important to wash them. It is recommended to wash your memory foam pillow 2 to 3 times a year to keep it fresh and clean.

By properly caring for your memory foam pillow, you can extend its lifespan and ensure a good night's sleep for years to come. In this article, you will find out a step-by-step guide to cleaning, deodorizing, and deep cleaning your memory foam pillows so they stay fresh as a daisy.

How to Wash Memory Foam Pillow?

To effectively deodorize, spot clean, and deep clean your memory foam pillows, it's important to follow a few key steps stated:

Step 1: Identify the Stain

Identify the Stain
  1. 1 Read the care label and fine print for specific instructions and warnings
  2. 2 Check for any special care instructions related to washing memory foam pillows.
  3. 3 Continue blotting until the stain starts to lift or fade.
  4. 4 Use the lowest heat setting possible when washing or drying the pillow.
  5. 5 Avoid high heat to protect memory foam pillows.

Step 2: Tackle Stains Head-On

Tackle Stains Head-On
  1. 1 Use a mild detergent and a damp cloth to tackle the stain head-on.
  2. 2 Use mild detergent and a damp cloth, minimizing water to protect the foam.
  3. 3 Blot the stain area with damp cloth to remove residue and aid drying.
  4. 4 Blot the stain with a clean, damp cloth to remove residue.
  5. 5 For stubborn stains, create a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar.
  6. 6 Apply the solution to the stain and blot it with a clean cloth until the stain is gone.

Step 3: Deodorize the Foam

Deodorize the Foam
  1. 1 Remove any surface dirt or debris from the pillow.
  2. 2 Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the surface.
  3. 3 Let the baking soda sit on the pillow for 15 to 20 minutes.
  4. 4 Vacuum the baking soda using a low-suction upholstery attachment.
  5. 5 Alternatively, shake the pillow outdoors to remove the baking soda.
  6. 6 Use a fabric freshener like Febreze to remove odors and leave a fresh scent.

Step 4: Wash the Pillow Cover

Wash the Pillow Cover
  1. 1 Check the care label instructions for the pillow cover.
  2. 2 If the cover is machine washable, remove it from the pillow.
  3. 3 Machine wash the cover in cold water using a gentle cycle.
  4. 4 Dry the cover on a low heat setting or as per the care label instructions.
  5. 5 clean the spot of non-machine washable cover using mild detergent and damp cloth.
  6. 6 Gently scrub any stains or soiled areas and allow the cover to air dry completely.

Step 5: Deep Clean the Foam

Deep Clean the Foam
  1. 1 Fill a bathtub or large sink with cold water.
  2. 2 Add a small amount of mild detergent to the water and mix it well.
  3. 3 Completely submerge the pillow in the soapy water.
  4. 4 Gently squeeze the foam to allow the detergent to penetrate and clean the pillow.
  5. 5 Drain the dirty water from the tub and refill it with fresh water.
  6. 6 Submerge the pillow and gently squeeze until water runs clear
  7. Note:Handle the foam with care to prevent damage while squeezing.

Step 6: Dry the Pillow

Dry the Pillow
  1. 1 Gently squeeze the pillow to remove excess water.
  2. 2 Place the pillow on a dry towel.
  3. 3 Roll the towel and pillow together, gently squeezing to remove more water.
  4. 4 Repeat the rolling and squeezing process 2-3 times.
  5. 5 Remove the pillow from the wet towel and lay it on a clean, dry towel.
  6. 6 Air-dry the pillow in a well-ventilated area for 24 hours before use.
  7. Note:- Avoid direct sunlight or heat when drying to protect the foam.

Step 7: Fluff and Shape the Foam

Fluff and Shape the Foam
  1. 1 Knead the foam with your hands to restore its shape and fluffiness.
  2. 2 Roll the pillow between your palms to redistribute the foam.
  3. 3 Optionally, use a dryer on low heat with clean tennis balls to fluff the pillow.
  4. 4 Check the pillow periodically in the dryer to prevent excessive heat damage.
  5. 5 Pat and shake the pillow to ensure even distribution of the foam.
  6. 6 Enjoy your freshly fluffed and shaped memory foam pillow!

what to avoid washing a memory foam pillow

What to Avoid When Washing a Memory Foam Pillow?

When washing a memory foam pillow, it is important to avoid: 

  • Hot Water: Hot water can damage the foam and cause it to lose its shape and softness. Use warm water (90 and 110 degrees Fahrenheit (32 to 43 degrees Celsius) instead. 
  • Bleaching Agents: Bleach can cause discoloration and damage to the foam, so it's best to avoid using it. 
  • High Agitation: Agitation can cause the foam to break down and become misshapen. Gently wash the pillow in a washing machine on a gentle cycle. 
  • Tumble Drying: Tumble drying can cause the foam to shrink and become misshapen, so air drying is the best option.
  • Harsh Chemicals: Harsh chemicals can damage the foam and cause it to break down, so only use mild detergents when washing your memory foam pillow.


Cleaning memory foam pillows is not rocket science, but it does require a little bit of TLC. By following these steps, you can keep your memory foam pillow fresh, promote a healthy sleep environment, and enjoy a comfortable, restful sleep every night.