How to wash hypoallergenic pillows

How To Wash Hypoallergenic Pillows?

Nighttime allergies can be a problem, especially if you have strong allergic reactions while spending time in bed. If you experience constant sneezing, sore throat, watery eyes or anything like that, it is probably because you have a large concentration of dust mites inside your beddings and bed in general. They mostly tend to get stuck inside the pillow and the pillowcase.

Dust mite allergy can be a bit annoying and fairly difficult to get rid of if you don’t invest enough time and effort into solving this problem. So investing in proper beddings which are hypoallergenic will help drastically in getting rid of allergies. But how do we maintain such beddings, and how to wash hypoallergenic pillows in a proper way?

Washing and maintaining hypoallergenic pillows is not difficult at all. In fact, they are much easier to maintain compared to common pillows and pillowcases you can find in bedding stores. There are many types of hypoallergenic pillows, and they can be made from different materials and fabrics.

Each fabric has its own properties and their properties are different comparing each and every one of them. But hypoallergenic pillows have one thing in common, and that is thick weaving, which blocks and prevents dust mites to get inside the fabric. This weaving is what makes the washing and maintenance much easier compared to other pillows. Learn more about Dust Mite Resistant Fabrics.

The Benefits Of Hypoallergenic Pillows

Before we jump in maintenance and how to wash hypoallergenic pillows in a proper way, it is great to know why exactly should we use hypoallergenic pillows, and how do they benefit people with dust mite allergies. After all, we spend 7-8 hours in bed sleeping, which is a lot.

Hypoallergenic pillows are made from top-quality materials, and they can be organic and non-organic. I found out that cotton and bamboo anti-dust mite pillows prove an excellent solution, and they do reduce the allergies while sleeping or spending time in bed.

There are also other great non-organic materials like polyester or latex, which can be a more affordable solution when buying hypoallergenic beddings. For some people, these materials can cause allergic reactions, so be sure to inform yourself about allergies you are experiencing and consult with your allergist.

The main reason why hypoallergenic pillows reduce allergic symptoms is because of its material density and thick weaving. It is made in a way where the pillow is breathable, has excellent airflow, but it does now allow dust mites, pollen or animal dander to pass through.

Thick weaving also ensures the quality and durability of the fabric. This means that the fabric is not prone to tears or any damages that might occur if the fabric is washed and maintained. With some pillows, the fabric simply disintegrates after a few years of use, and you can find small pieces of it all over the place. With anti-allergic pillows, this is not going to happen.

This is something we can all agree on: when sleeping, comfort is important! To get some good sleep and be ready for the next day, it is a good thing to spend time in a comfortable bed. With hypoallergenic pillows, comfort is never the issue, since the fabric is very comfortable and it won’t cause neck pain compared to some low-end or old pillows.

Also, be on a lookout for pillow size, since like any other pillows, they come in various sizes and shapes. Find a suitable size for yourself so it properly supports your neck, but something that also fits well on your bed.

RELATED: Tips On Allergy-Proof Bed Covers.

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How To Effectively Wash Hypoallergenic Pillows?

In general, washing pillows and blankets is not something we do very often, and most of us use covers for our bed necessities. Covers and pillowcases protect the pillow and the blanket from external effects and conditions, but it also does not require often maintenance of the pillow and the blanket itself, which is great. For many people, it is not practical to occasionally wash them.

For regular pillows, cleaning and maintenance come down to every 4-6 months, but this also depends on the season and from what material pillow was made. To round it down, it is safe to say that washing your pillow every 4 months is a good timeframe when it comes down to regular pillows.

But how to wash hypoallergenic pillows? Many manufacturers even claim that hypoallergenic pillows do not need to be washed at all if they are used with a hypoallergenic pillowcase. But if you ask me, it is safe to say that washing your hypoallergenic pillow at least once per year is a good practice.

The best thing about maintaining such pillows is that you can get them cleaned with only hot water. You don’t have to spend money on special detergents and cleaning solutions since they are structured and made in a way where this won’t be necessary.

I highly suggest using a hypoallergenic pillow with its anti-allergic pillowcase will be the perfect combination of protecting yourself from dust mite allergy. By doing this, you will be getting the best of both worlds, and you don’t have to worry about dust mites sitting in your pillow.

Another piece of advice I have is to read the care label on the pillow you are going to buy. Each manufacturer will provide information about its product and how to take care of the product. Following the instructions will definitely be useful in the long run.

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The Importance Of Pillowcases

Now when we know everything we need about pillows, there is a good number of reasons why we need to use pillowcases. Pillows can get expensive, which is also something we need to consider.

Like we all know, the pillowcase entirely wraps up the pillow, closes it down and its firmly wrapped around it. It is being used as a protective layer versus dust mites, pollen, mold, and stains in general. It is much easier to change the cover, rather than cleaning or buying a new pillow.

Having a high-quality pillowcase is very important, especially when we sleep. We spend a good amount of time in bed sleeping, with our head and face placed on top of a pillow. Our face is in direct contact with the pillowcase, and if we have a lot of dust mites stuck inside the pillow and pillowcase, it is very easy for allergens to get inside our system.

RELATED: The Benefits Of Hypoallergenic Pillow Cases.

To protect ourselves from allergens, hypoallergenic pillows would be the best choice to use alongside with hypoallergenic pillowcases. These covers are the first line of defense, and everything will get on top of a pillowcase. Luckily for us, with a hypoallergenic pillowcase, the top layer will keep off dust mites for getting inside the pillow and respawning.

This makes dust mites almost impossible to penetrate inside the fabric. However, I suggest maintaining hypoallergenic pillowcases every 3-4 months and washing them with hot water. You can also dry them in an open space.

From my experience, having a high-quality pillowcase is important than spending large sums of money on a pillow, since the pillowcase is what mostly causes allergic reactions and it allows allergens to pass through.

Always be sure to have a couple of them stored somewhere, just in case if something spills on top of the case. This is especially useful if you have children or pets. Learn more about allergies by reading an article on How To Live With Allergies and Pets.

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When Should You Replace A Pillow

All pillows can serve you for years if they are maintained properly, but also if they are stored in a proper place. If you have mold in your storage unit where you keep the pillows, then the moisture will make its way inside the pillow, causing it to smell unpleasant and cause visible dark circles coming out on the surface. Always store pillows in a spacy, dry place.

There is no golden rule on when we should change our pillows and buy new ones. On the other hand, one thing is certain and that is if the pillow is the main cause of allergic reactions, we definitely need to change it immediately, simple as that.

A lot of bad stuff and critters can get inside the pillow, and if you are using a pillow for more than 5 years for example, and it is starting to look rough and makes you sneeze, be sure to grab new hypoallergenic pillows. They will last for much longer and provide more than any other common pillow on the market. Most importantly, you can be sure that the pillow is no longer the cause of allergic reactions.

Hypoallergenic pillows are also a good choice for people who don’t even have allergies since these pillows are comfortable, soft and easy to maintain.

Bottom line is that you should replace a pillow when you see that it is the time to do such a thing. Pillows made from high-quality, organic materials will definitely last longer, but they might require more attention in terms of maintenance and cleaning, compared to non-organic materials.


We learned about the importance and benefits of hypoallergenic pillows, and how they help prevent allergies. They also provide many beneficial properties that aid our sleep, including comfort, quality, and ease of use.

Washing hypoallergenic pillows is a very easy process, since we can complete the process with only hot water, and this is proven to be more than effective. These pillows are also not time-consuming when it comes to maintenance, and we do not have to do it occasionally.

Let me know in the comment section if you have any questions or if you just want to share your thoughts. I would be more than happy to respond back and answer.

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