Can You Wash Memory Foam Pillows?

Can You Wash Memory Foam Pillows?

Posted by Dr. Cannon on Feb 14th 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 from pillow

Before you start washing your memory foam pillow, it's important to read the fine print and check the care label for any specific instructions or warnings. It’s also important to keep in mind that some memory foam pillows may shrink, deform, or lose their shape when exposed to high heat, like a shrinking violet, so make sure to use the lowest heat setting possible when washing or drying.

Step 2: Tackle Stains Head-On

Tackle stains head-on in pillow

If your memory foam pillow has a stain, it's time to tackle it head-on with a mild detergent and a damp cloth. Avoid using too much water, as memory foam can take a long time to dry, and too much moisture can cause the foam to degrade. Blot the area with a clean, damp cloth to remove the cleaning solution and any residue from the stain.

To remove stubborn stains, you can try using a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar, which is a handy trick up your sleeve. 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 pillow

To deodorize your memory foam pillow, first, remove any surface dirt or debris, then sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda over the surface and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Vacuum up the baking soda with the upholstery attachment of your clean, low-suction vacuum cleaner, or simply shake the pillow outdoors. You can also try using a fabric freshener, such as Febreze, to remove any lingering odors and leave your pillow smelling as fresh as a rose.

Step 4: Wash the Pillow Cover

Wash the pillow cover

If your memory foam pillow has a removable cover, it's time to give it a good wash. Remove it and wash it according to the care label instructions.

relaible pillow cover can be machine washed in cold water and dried on a low heat setting. If your pillow cover is not machine washable, you can spot clean it with a mild detergent and a damp cloth.

Step 5: Deep Clean the Foam

Deep clean the foam pillow

For a deep clean, fill a bathtub or large sink with cold water and mix in a small amount of mild detergent. Completely submerge the pillow, gently squeezing the foam.

Drain the dirty tub water and refill the tub with fresh water. Repeat the process of submerging and gently squeezing the pillow until the water runs clear.

Step 6: Dry the Pillow

Dry the foam pillow

After washing or spot cleaning your memory foam pillow, it's time to let it dry in a well-ventilated area. Avoid exposing the foam to direct sunlight or heat, as this can cause the foam to degrade and lose its shape.

You can gently squeeze the pillow to remove most of the water and place it on a dry towel. Roll the towel and pillow together, gently squeezing to remove more water. Repeat this process 2-3 times. Remove the pillow from the wet towel and lay it on a clean, dry towel. Allow the pillow to air-dry for at least 24 hours before using it again.

Step 7: Fluff and Shape the Foam

Fluff & shape the foam pillow

Once your memory foam pillow is dry, it's time to fluff and shape it to restore its original form and support. You can do this by kneading the foam with your hands, or by rolling it back and forth between your palms. You can also place it in the dryer on a low heat setting with a few clean tennis balls to help fluff and maintain its shape.

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.