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How to Clean a Memory Foam Pillow

Memory foam pillow is made of polyurethane. This material responds to body heat and pressure to conform to the shape of its user. But, it may concern many users that how to clean these cushions.

Most of these are antibacterial and hypoallergenic. It does not harbour mould or bacteria, unlike the regular ones. But it is always a good idea to clean your pillow every now and then.

Clean-a-memory foam pillow easily step by step

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One thing you have to keep in mind, when you are cleaning these, in most of the cases, you have to spot clean it. Many of these products are machine washable, but for most of them, you cannot wet clean the whole thing. As mentioned earlier, it does not harbour bacteria or moulds as bad as the regular pillows, so you don’t need to worry about germs.

There have many ways to wash your pillow. You can use different memory foam pillow cleaners to do this easily. If you just want to freshen it up, follow these simple steps.

Sprinkle baking soda

Sprinkle baking soda

Sprinkle a generous amount of baking soda on your pillow. This will help to eliminate any unpleasant odor. It will also help to dry out any bodily fluid like saliva or sweat. Keep it on for 5-7 minutes.

Vacuum the baking soda off

After keeping the baking soda on for some time, vacuum it off. You don’t want to have baking soda on your ears or your face while you sleep for sure.

Vacuum the baking soda off: After keeping the baking soda on for some time, vacuum it off. You don’t want to have baking soda on your ears or your face while you sleep for sure.

Spot cleaning

Mix up some mild dish soap and water in a cup. Then soak a sponge in the mixture. Then gently rub the surface with the sponge. This is known as spot cleaning. If you have any unwanted odor, you might add vinegar to your soap and water mixture.

Dry it off

After spot cleaning, dry off the washed memory foam by using paper towels or a clean hand towel. Place it on the pillow and press it down so the water surfaces up. 

The memory foam will have water inside it. So it is better to leave the towel on the wet pillow overnight so that all the water is dried off completely. This will ensure that your bed sheets or pillow case don’t get wet when you put them on.

If you just want to get rid of any odor, then you can put this under sunlight for a couple of days. Sunlight will dry out any fluid and remove the odor. Further information you may visit here.

Things to Avoid while cleaning

These pillows are very delicate. You should not wash it like regular products. If you do, it might break or lose its contouring properties. Always remember that you cannot use traditional stain removers. 

  • Don’t use traditional stain removers. The delicate material might get damaged from the chemical reaction. Use mild cleaners and warm water.

  • Don’t scrub or rub vigorously. For machine washable memory foam pillows, always follow the instructions provided by the manufacturers. Otherwise, the foam might break.

  • Don’t soak your pillow in water. Use a minimal amount of liquid. Moisture gets trapped in these pillows very easily. This moisture will make your pillow a production house for mold and bacteria if not dried off properly.

How to Clean General Spills

How To Clean Spill

Though we are not supposed to drink something on our bed, we often do so. By acting fast, you will be able to save your one from a stain.

Grab a clean towel and place it on your pillow. Apply pressure to soak up as much liquid as possible. If you are using paper towels, use as many its required to blot the liquid out of it. Put the pillow in a place with good air flow. This will get rid of all the moisture from it. It must be completely dried out before putting the pillowcase back on.

Remove Surface Stains

Surface stains are most disturbing both visually and physically. Sometimes these stains come with an odor. One might think of getting rid of the pillow rather than the stain. Don’t think so because there is a probable solution.

Just take a container and mix cold water and light soap in it. Take a clean cotton towel or a terry towel and soak it in the mixture. First, make sure to squeeze out the excess water. Then, apply the solution gently.Just take a container and mix cold water and light soap in it. Take a clean cotton towel or a terry towel and soak it in the mixture. First, make sure to squeeze out the excess water. Then, apply the solution gently.

Dab the surface, start from the outer part of the stain and work your way to the middle. Repeat the process sparingly until the stain is completely removed. Then, dry it out completely before putting the pillow case on. To do that, put this in a place where there the air flow is sufficient.

This method may not always have the desired effect. In case it does not work just use a clean pillow case instead.

How to Remove Odor

Baking soda method: If your pillow has a weird smell then you use baking soda and remove it easily. Sprinkle some baking soda on it and keep it like that for a couple of days. Remove the excess baking soda by using a vacuum cleaner. Then you can put the pillow in its case.

keep you pillow on sunlight

Sunlight method: Sunlight and warm air can remove odors very effectively. Put the pillow under the sunlight for a day or two and this will remove all the odors and give your pillow a crisp new smell.

These pillows should not get wet. So, how will you remove heavy odors of pet urine or other chemicals? Apparently, there are various enzymatic cleaners available which can help to remove these strong odors.


Vinegar is also useful in this matter. Manufacturers usually provide instructions about how to use these enzymatic cleaners. You should follow those instructions to clean a memory foam pillow. You can also use equal parts water and vinegar mix. Just remember not to saturate, just use enough water to clean the urine stain and remove the odor.

To remove odor and stain using enzymatic cleaners you can follow some steps. First put the enzymatic cleaner in a bottle and attach a sprayer on the top. Then spray the whole of it lightly and keep it on for five minutes. You need to use clean towel to dry off the area. Keep using the towel until the surface is dry.

There are other ways as well. Sprinkle baking soda all over the area and leave it on for a night. You have to vacuum the baking soda before putting on the pillow case. Put the pillow in a room with good air flow or use a fan to dry off any remaining cleaner or vinegar. You can reassure the removal of odor by putting it under sunlight for a couple of days.

Final Words

Prevention is better than cure. Use a waterproof pillowcase to keep your memory foam pillows from staining. This will protect your one from spills and body oils. Tuck it away in a wardrobe during the day, to keep it away from pets. 

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