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Let’s be clear in this: Bamboo pillows are called that for their bamboo cover, not because of the stuff. The pillow’s filling is usually made of memory foam, which can be solid or shredded.

Bamboo is an excellent material to be used on pillows for several reasons. They can help with many problems; they can be at night and help keep your spine in a safe position so your muscles can relax appropriately at night.

So, now about the question: can you wash bamboo pillows? Yes, of course, but with the proper cautions. Before I listed the general tips to do so, let’s explain what the bamboo pillows are, their health benefits, and more.

What is a Bamboo Pillow?

Bamboo pillows are trendy these days due to its health benefits and ergonomic features.

This type of sleeping pillow is made with a bamboo-based viscose outer covering and filled, commonly, with memory foam for comfort and support. The bamboo viscose material has greater strength than other pillow coverings.

Bamboo pillows are great for multiple sleep positions and provide support for the back and neck. Pillows made from bamboo fabrics are also very softy to the touch, which makes them great for travel and is only the start of the benefits that come from owning one.

But there are also some cons. Let’s look at some of them.

Pros

  • The bamboo pillow keeps your head and neck cool when you sleep as it helps maintain temperature.
  • It protects against bacteria, fungi, and dust mites.
  • Antimicrobial and hypoallergenic, so it’s perfect for people with asthma, allergies, and lung problems.
  • The bamboo pillow filling keeps your spine in better alignment. This can benefit anyone, whether you lay on your back, stomach, or side.
  • It may prevent snoring.
  • The bamboo pillow is soft to the touch.
  • Highly breathable and absorbs moisture.
  • Durable and provides long-lasting support.
  • Eco-friendly, non-toxic, and entirely sustainable.

Cons

  • Bamboo pillows must be hand washed.
  • You can’t put a bamboo pillow directly in the washing machine.
  • They can’t be put in a dryer, just air dry.
  • A bamboo pillow may have a smell, so it may need to be aired out.
  • Bamboo pillows can be ruined by hot or cold water.
  • Bamboo pillows may be too firm for some people.
  • They are more expensive than other pillows.

How to Wash a Bamboo Pillow in Easy Steps

Alright, now that we are aware that bamboo pillows require some special care, this brings us to the next question – how do you wash a bamboo pillow or any kind for that matter? Let’s find out!

It’s not that difficult for you to take care of your bamboo pillow, and the most important thing is to carefully read the instruction and proper care labels that come on most bamboo pillows. Read all the details and keep in mind that it may be a bit of a challenge the first time you wash a bamboo pillow. This doesn’t mean you can’t do it, though.

Even though the bamboo pillow has a slight specific smell, in the beginning, don’t run to wash it from the very first day. Let it air out for a couple of hours instead, and the natural bamboo smell dissipates for better comfort. Don’t panic if it doesn’t have a good shape right out of the box, either. The bamboo pillow may need even two days to expand to its shape fully.

How do you Spot Clean Your Bamboo Pillow?

If you want to spot clean your pillow, use a small amount of warm water and a mild or gentle detergent that doesn’t contain bleach. Gently rub the spot, let it sit for approximately a quarter of an hour, then rinse.

Here are the steps for washing your bamboo pillow to take care of it and make it last for years.

Part 1: Start with the Bamboo Cover

Step #1: Remove Casing

First, you’ll have to remove the bamboo cover from the pillow because you will employ a different method in washing the memory foam. Make sure you do not wash the cover and the memory foam together.

Check the cover and pillow for a care tag that may provide special instructions about cleaning and washing.

Step #2: Washing the Cover

After removing the cover, the washing machine washes it on a gentle cycle using warm water. Use a small amount of gentle detergent.

Place the bamboo pillow cover in the washing machine and wash separately to avoid friction with other materials. Scratchy fabrics like towels or items with zippers or snaps can cause the bamboo material to pill and develop imperfections.

I f you are going to put the bamboo pillow cover in the washing machine with other stuff, do it with a load of lights or darks, depending on the color. Make sure not to overfill the washing machine, or else it could tear the cover’s fabric. If possible, wash the cover with a load of delicate, preferably other soft, bedding-like material.

When washing a bamboo pillow or cover, never use water that is too hot or cold, or else either one can get ruined. Always wash gently in warm water to prevent any falling apart from happening.

Step #3: Drying the Cover

When the washing machine process is done, transfer the pillow cover to your dryer. Start a gentle cycle with low heat until completely dry. Check the moisture level continuously to avoid overdrying the pillow cover.

You can also opt not to use the dryer and just air dry instead.

Remove the pillow cover from the dryer and lay it on a flat surface, so it doesn’t form wrinkles.

Part 2: Then, the Memory Foam Filling

Step #1: Hand Wash the Filling

Fill your bathtub or a large sink with room temperature to warm water. Do not put it in the washing machine.

Use a small amount of mild or gentle detergent, without bleach, around two teaspoons (9.9 mL) to 3 teaspoons (15 mL) of detergent on the pillow. You can use either a machine detergent or a specially formulated hand-washing detergent on the pillows.

Place the pillow in the tub and completely submerge the memory foam pillow filling under the water.

Slowly squeeze in the detergent to make sure that the whole pillow is cleaned correctly.

Step #2: Soak the Pillow Filling

If you have a stain on your pillow, allow it to soak for 1-5 minutes. Don’t let the pillow to soak for more than 20 minutes.

I recommend you to be careful of the amount of soap or water, or it can be hard to soak the bamboo pillow out and dry it properly. The bamboo pillow filling can be covered in water, but it shouldn’t be thoroughly soaked through.

Drain the water from the tub.

Step #3: Rinse the Pillow Out

Using cool to warm water, rinse the pillow under the faucet until the soap is completely drained from the cushion. You can also use a large pitcher of clean water, but you will need to refill it several times.

Repeat this process a couple of times, depending on how long it has been since your latest wash. The water will run clear if the pillow is thoroughly clean.

Do it thoroughly until there is no more soap. You must get all the soap out of the pillow after washing it.

Step #4: Air Dry

Place your clean pillow in a well-ventilated area to air dry. You can also use direct sunlight or place it in front of a fan to speed up the drying process using a drying rack hanger. If you don’t have access to a unique pillow hanger or a clothesline, you can just place the wet pillow on a towel that has no colored dyes or fabric.

Rotate or flip every couple of hours, so the pillow surface dries evenly. Make sure your cushion is completely dry before replacing the bamboo cover and using it again.

Make sure that the pillow is completely dry before you use it, after 3 or 4 hours, since a little bit of dampness may cause mold or mildew to grow. You don’t want to be sleeping on a moldy pillow, especially if you have asthma or any other breathing problems.

Additional Tips

  • It’s recommended to wash your pillow every three to six months to allow your pillow to last longer, or in other terms, at least twice a year.
  • It may take some time for your pillow to adjust to the comfortable position you want.
  • Research which pillow will be best for you, whether it’s the size or filling.
  • Remember: each pillow should come with its own care and washing instructions and refer to them if you have more questions.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can You Wash Bamboo Pillows at Home?

Yes, but as mentioned before, bamboo pillows require a unique process to keep the material in good shape and to enjoy it for years.

Can Bamboo Pillows Go in The Dryer?

Putting your bamboo pillow in the dryer might seem like a good idea when it comes to keeping it clean. However, you should be mindful of the filling.

Make sure you double-check with your pillow’s manufacturer before throwing it in the dryer. But only the cover!

How Often Should You Clean Your Pillows?

To avoid dust mites and bacteria growth, it is recommended to wash bamboo pillows every 2-4 months.

Not only for health reasons but also because cleaning your pillow regularly will prolong its usefulness. When dirt, oil, and skin build up inside a pillow for too long, it can contribute to the deterioration of the material.

When to Replace Your Bamboo Pillow?

Looking to the bright side, you might only need to replace the pillowcase.

To decide that, look If the memory foam or other filling is still fluffy and responsive.

What are Bamboo Pillows Really Made Of?

Despite what its name suggests, it is not made of bamboo shoots. It is made from bamboo fibers, which are specially designed for users to enjoy the benefits of this incredible fabric.