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How to wash and disinfect pillows

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If it is not washable, you can try spraying it with a spray disinfectant. You can also sanitize the pillow by sprinkling it with borax. Leave the powder on the pillow for an hour, then gently vacuum it with a vacuum cleaner.

Pillows are grosser than you could possibly imagine

I typically wash my sheets and pillowcases about once a week – on a rare occasion, maybe every two weeks. It never occurred to me to wash my actual pillows until I learned that pillows are ideal breeding grounds for dust mites and the flu! The research stated that after two years, approximately 1/3 of a pillow’s weight contains dead skin, dust mites (which eat the dead skin), and droppings (poop from all those mites)! Additionally, 10% of people and 80% of allergy sufferers are allergic to proteins found in waste and decomposed dust mites!

After two years, approximately 1/3 of a pillow’s weight contains dead skin, dust mites, and droppings…

Horrified, I was ready to purchase new pillows when I realized it’s not exactly a financially sound decision to buy new pillows every week. So, I looked at the care tag on the side of the pillow and found some welcome news: you can wash your pillows in the washing machine! In fact, it’s easy to do. In less than an hour, you can have clean and fresh pillows and save a few bucks in the process.

Washing cotton, down, and synthetic pillows

  1. Check the tags on your pillows to make sure they can be washed in the washing machine. Most pillows can, regardless of whether they’re down or synthetic, but a few can’t.
  2. Remove the pillow from pillowcase or sham, if applicable. You can also throw these pillow covers and/or shams in the washing machine along with your pillows.
  3. Put your pillows in the washing machine. The trick is to wash at least two pillows at a time to keep the washer balanced.
  4. Add your detergent as normal.
  5. Start the wash cycle using warm water and opt for the gentle cycle, unless otherwise specified.
  6. Tumble dry the pillows on low heat, fluffing and turning them often.
  7. Add a softener sheet for freshness, and add a couple of sneakers or tennis balls to help fluff them.

Washing foam pillows

  1. Remove the pillowcases from your foam pillows.
  2. Place two pillows in the washing machine to balance the load.
  3. Add a gentle detergent, using the delicate cycle. Let the machine go for several minutes and then spin them a few times. Check to see the wetness. If the pillows are still soaked, spin a little longer. Remove them as soon as they are no longer soaking wet, slightly damp is okay.
  4. Place the pillows in the dryer at the lowest heat possible. Add a softener sheet for freshness, and two or three tennis balls to help fluff them. Keep an eye on the pillows and remove them as soon as they are dry.

When is time to buy new pillows?

No pillow is meant to last forever. Some stains won’t wash out, and maybe your aching neck or sore back demands a change. That’s when it might be time for a replacement. Sleep experts suggest replacing a pillow every few years, however these are a list of questions I find helpful in deciding when to trash my old ones:

These are all signs that it’s time to shop for a replacement pillow!

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Things to clean daily!

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Cleaning can be a real chore. Some people hate to clean while others love to clean. Some things around your house that you should be doing daily are washing down your kitchen counters, washing the dishes, sweeping your kitchen floor, sanitizing your sinks in both the kitchen and bathroom as well as keeping on laundry. That may be your favorite… laundry or maybe it’s folding those clean clothes and putting them away that’s why we all wait so long before doing the laundry!! If we take time to keep up with daily chores around the house then they should never be too over bearing and we getting through them should be simple.

As daily cleaning services aren’t something you want to pay for each day if you are keeping up on the daily chores then having a company like the Cleaning Genie come into your home becomes even more affordable. You get to then have us focus on the harder stuff, such as stripping the beds and re-making them with fresh linen. Even scrubbing the toilet and shower. Here’s my favorite the teenager child or even the husband cooked something in the microwave and it splattered all over and even over flowed the bowl they used, did they clean it up? Chances are probably not they left it for you to find, now it’s been there for a few days and it’s really going to take some elbow grease to get it all cleaned up. Because you have kept up on other things around the house on a daily basis the cleaners can now focus more on that mess you’d rather not deal with in the first place.

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