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How to Wash a Memory Foam Pillow

September 25, 2023   By Jennifer Cook

There’s no denying memory foam pillows work hard to give us a good night’s sleep, enhancing our sleep quality and making sure we wake up refreshed. But, just like us, these pillows need a bit of pampering now and then to maintain their freshness and extend their lifespan.

Today, we’re diving into how to clean memory foam pillows effectively without breaking a sweat. Ready to give your memory foam pillows a deep clean? Let’s get washing!


  • Vacuuming and spot drying are two of the best ways to clean/wash a memory foam pillow
  • Never wash the memory foam pillow, this will greatly reduce its lifespan
  • You should change your memory foam pillow every 18-36 months

How to Wash Memory Foam Pillows With a Vacuum

How to Wash Memory Foam Pillows

When it’s time to clean your memory foam pillow, here’s the simple way to do it: First, whip off that washable cover. Then, give the pillow a good sprinkle of baking soda – this helps to lift dirt and neutralise odours.

Let it sit there for about 30 to 60 minutes; this gives it enough time to do its magic. Next up, grab a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment or a handheld vacuum to get rid of the baking soda along with any dust or particles it’s managed to bring to the surface.

Spot Cleaning Memory Foam Pillows

If you notice a spill or a small stain on your pillow, don’t stress. Spot cleaning is the way to go here. Grab yourself a clean cloth, dampen it with some warm water, and get ready to tackle that stain. Now, remember, the key here is to dab gently at the stains, not rub them, so we don’t make things worse.

Got a stubborn stain to deal with? No worries! Mix up a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide with 4 parts water, and pop it into a spray bottle. A quick spray on the stain will help weaken it, making it easier to lift off with a damp cloth. And a little reminder – avoid tossing the entire pillow into a washing machine; it prefers a hands-on cleaning approach.

Hand Wash the Cover

If your memory foam pillow has a removable cover (like Ecosa’s memory foam pillow) you can remove this cover and give it a hand wash. Simply prepare a cleaning solution of cold water and gentle detergent in a large sink. Immerse the pillow, and use a gentle hand wash technique to clean it. Don’t forget to rinse it with clean water to remove any soapy water residue.

Washing Pillows in a Washing Machine

Now, some memory foam pillow covers are machine washable. But just remember – we’re talking about the memory foam cover here and not the entire memory foam pillow. If your memory foam cover is machine washable, you can pop it into the washer with your other linens. Always remember to check the care instructions!

Drying Your Memory Foam Pillow Cover

Drying Your Memory Foam Pillow Cover

Once the pillow is clean, it’s time to get rid of the excess water with a simple drying process. It’s best to air dry the pillow in a well-ventilated area away from direct sunlight to prevent yellowing and mildew. If you’re in a hurry, a hair dryer on a cool setting can be a saviour, but make sure you keep moving it in a circular motion to avoid overheating any part of the pillow.

Fluff & Protect Your Pillow

Once the pillow is dry, give it a good fluff to restore its shape and comfy nature. To keep it clean and hypoallergenic, invest in a pillow protector that guards against dust mites and other allergens.

Finally, dress your clean, fresh pillow in a fresh pillowcase (we love a luxurious silk pillowcase), and it’s all set to offer you many more nights of comfortable sleep.

Remember, washing your memory foam pillows isn’t a daily affair. A deep clean every few months is sufficient to ensure a healthy sleeping environment.

In between washes, you can maintain freshness by changing pillow covers regularly and giving the pillow a good air out to prevent the buildup of dust mites.

How Often Should You Change Your Pillows?

The general guideline is to give your memory foam pillows a refresh every 18 to 36 months. Though, keep in mind, this isn’t set in stone! Depending on how you use and look after them, you might squeeze a bit more time out of them. Keeping up with regular cleaning and treating them with a bit of TLC can indeed stretch out their comfy lifespan a fair bit.

If it is time for a new memory foam pillow, however, check out the Ecosa pillow! With its ergonomic design, this pillow not only offers optimal spinal support and comfort but also helps in reducing snoring by promoting proper head and neck alignment. Plus, you can personalise your sleep experience thanks to its adjustable height feature, all packed into a handy standard size of 38cm x 56cm.

Pillow Washing FAQs

Can memory foam pillows go in the washing machine?

It’s generally a no-go to put memory foam in there because it tends to soak up water like a sponge, which can lead to damage. If your pillow needs a clean, the best way to go about it is to spot clean it, unless the care instructions specify otherwise.

How to clean memory foam?

To clean memory foam, start by removing the pillow cover and using a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment to remove dust and dead skin cells. For a deeper clean, hand wash the pillow cover gently using a mixture of lukewarm water and a mild detergent. Avoid using hot water, as this can damage the memory foam structure.

How do you get dust mites out of a memory foam pillow?

To remove dust mites, start by vacuuming the pillow thoroughly using a vacuum cleaner with an upholstery attachment. After that, you can give it a gentle hand wash with a mild detergent in lukewarm water. Lastly, air dry the pillow properly to prevent any dampness that can harbour dust mites.

How do you rejuvenate a memory foam pillow?

To rejuvenate a memory foam pillow, firstly clean it as per the guidelines mentioned above. Once it’s clean and dry, give it a good fluffing to restore its original shape and comfort. Regular airing and using a hypoallergenic pillow protector can also help in maintaining the freshness and comfort of your pillow, making it feel rejuvenated every time you lay your head on it.

Are memory foam pillows good bed pillows for side sleepers?

Memory foam pillows are great for side sleepers due to their supportive and contouring properties. They help maintain a neutral spine alignment, preventing strains and evenly distributing pressure to avoid discomfort. Choosing a pillow with the right height and firmness can further enhance sleep quality for side sleepers.


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