How often should you wash your pillows?

How often should you wash your pillows?

One of the most common questions our consumer scientists get is whether you should wash your pillows and how often?
The simple answer is yes. If your pillow is washable you should give it a good cleaning because dirt, oil and dust mites can build up over time on your pillows.

So how often should you wash?

The washing schedule for pillows is going to depend on personal preference, whether you use protective pillow covers and your habits. If the pillow looks soiled or smells musty, it’s certainly time to wash it. If you apply face lotion before going to bed or if you have oily skin or scalp, washing more often may be needed to keep it fresh.

What’s the best method for washing pillows?

Always check the care label first for the best method. Most pillows are machine washable however there are some pillows like memory foam that are not. In general, wash in the warmest water safe for the material. Measure your detergent precisely making sure not to overdose. This could lead to over sudsing. Select the second rinse option if available on your machine to make sure all of the detergent is rinsed clean. Expert Tip: Wash pillows two at a time to keep the washer balanced during the spin cycle.

Regular cleaning can help reduce dirt, dust and allergens, especially during the winter and spring months when allergens and germs are common.

For more tips on how to spring clean your home of allergens and germs: Spring Clean Away Germs.

 

Top microwave cleaning tips

Top microwave cleaning tips

Tough baked on soils are hard to clean, but soils in your microwave can actually effect the functioning of your microwave.

Here are our tips to keep your microwave in top shape:

 

  • Go Natural.   One of the best ways to clean stubborn stains in the microwave is by going chemical-free. Simply place a microwave-safe cup of water and lemon juice into the microwave and steam for a few minutes. The moisture will help soften hard, baked on stains and the lemon will help deodorize.
  • Keep the Wheels Turning.   If your microwave has a turn table, make sure you check the wheels. Most microwaves have wheels underneath the plate to keep it rotating. This rotation is important for your food to cook evenly. Check the wheels by removing the plate and cleaning the wheels and the area surrounding. Give the wheels a quick spin to make sure all the soil has been removed and replace.
  • Check Under the Hood.  If you have a microwave – hood combination, you’ll need to check the filter. This filter can quickly become greasy and gunky. Many filters can be easily cleaned by the dishwasher, but make sure to check your use and care guide first before loading.
  • Open the Door.  Microwave spills and splats have the tendency to get everywhere. Check around the door and the frame for soils. These sneaky hiding places for stains could be harboring left over stains like spaghetti sauce.