How to Wash a Body Pillow: Basic Guide

What are body pillows? Body pillows are for side sleepers and to aid people with spine, hip, or back pain. They also benefit pregnant women to sleep, relax and be more comfortable. These pillows are extra-long and provide comfort day or night.

The first thought that comes to mind when considering how to wash a body pillow is “are they machine-washable.” The answer to that thought is yes —all body pillows can be machine-washed except latex and memory foam pillows. Also, most cotton pillows can wash in your machine.

If your body pillow is too large for the washing machine, you can either take it to a laundry mat or hand wash it yourself. Before washing the pillow, always first check the label for washing instructions and guides.

What is Spot Cleaning?

If the entire pillow is not dirty, one can remove spots by using mild detergent and a damp cloth, and water. Next, gently rub off the stains, doing so multiple times. If this does not work, try lightly rubbing on some baking soda and rinse well. Only do this a few times so the material does not wear out.

Using the Washing Machine

Wash it on a gentle cycle with some mild detergent with cold water. However, do not use bleach or chlorine. Using hot water can also change the shape of body pillows. After the initial cycle, put it in for another rinsing cycle. Alternatively, run the wash cycle again without soap.

How Does Hand Washing Work?

Firstly, make sure the bathtub is clean before starting. Next, fill the bath with cold water and add some soap powder or liquid detergent. Allow the pillow to soak in the soap, then massage the pillow gently until it is clean.

How to Dry a Body Pillow

You can air dry or tumble dry on a low setting. Afterward, lay flat the pillow outside in the sun or place it next to a fan indoors, depending on the weather. Cotton and polyester pillows dry quite quickly while feather pillows may take up to 3 hours. Before placing the pillow back into the cover, make sure it is completely dry because a wet pillow can become moldy.

Ways to Fluff Your Pillow

So you want to fluff your best body pillow? Try adding either tennis balls or wool dryer balls to the dryer to add fluff to the pillows and make the drying process faster. When it is dry, you can also fluff the pillow more by kneading it.

How Many Times Should You Wash Your Body Pillow?

Body pillows must be washed every four to six months and the cover weekly. This is to keep both clean from sweat, bacteria, and mites and to avoid allergy flare-ups.


By washing your body pillow and following the different steps in this article, your sleeping headrest will be clean and comfortable. Moreover, clean bedding supplies provide a comfortable rest and good hygiene. In turn, you will sleep peacefully knowing your overall health is taken care of.

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