How To Wash A Pregnancy Pillow With 5 Steps
If you're like most women, your pregnancy pillow has been with you for some time. And as time goes on, it can build up a layer of dust and dirt or even mildew if left unwashed too long. But don't worry! We've got your back with these simple steps on how to wash pregnancy pillow:
Step 1: Set Up Your Materials
The first step to washing a pregnancy pillow is setting up the materials that you'll need. Your pillowcase should be made of 100% cotton or a similar material. If it isn't, you may want to wash it separately from your other laundry so that it doesn't get stained by other clothing items in the wash. You'll want to have the following:
- A large sink or tub with plenty of water (the more water, the better). Make sure it's deep enough so the pillow can be fully submerged in water without any part touching the bottom of the sink/tub (this can cause damage).
- A gentle detergent safe for your pregnancy pillow, such as Dreft or Ivory Snow (you can find these at most grocery stores). If you're worried about ruining your pillow, consider adding some baking soda into the wash cycle as well - this will help soften any stains or smells left behind after washing!
Step 2: Remove The Zipper Cover
Once you have removed the pillowcase and stuffing, you can see the zipper cover. This is important because this piece must be removed before washing and can't just be thrown into your washing machine with everything else!
Step 3: Spot Clean It First
Now that you've removed the pillow from the case, it's time to spot-clean it. Use a damp cloth and mild detergent to wipe the pillow. Don't use hot water or bleach, as this could cause damage to your pregnancy pillow. Fabric softener can also leave residue on your pregnancy pillow and make cleaning harder later on, so avoid using dryer sheets if possible!
Step 4: Throw In The Washing Machine
At this point, you're ready to throw your pregnancy pillow into the washing machine. Use whatever kind of washer you typically use (top loading or front loading), and make sure that there are no fabric softener sheets or bleach with your pillow when you wash it out at home. Don't put any dryer sheets on either; these chemicals could harm mommy-to-be and baby during their time together inside her belly! When doing so, keep these tips in mind:
- Use cold water, and don't put it in the dryer! The heat from hot water or an electric dryer can damage the materials of your pillow and cause them to lose shape over time.
- Don't use bleach! Bleach can break down synthetic materials like those found in most pregnancy pillows and make them less durable, time-which means you'll have a harder time supporting yourself during sleep when you need it most.
- Make sure you're using the right amount of detergent-enough to get your pillow clean, but not so much that it's overdoing things and making a big mess!
Step 6. Close The Zipper Again And Let It Air Dry
Close the zipper again, then let your pillow dry in a cool place. You can also hang up on a clothesline if you have one available. Do not put it in the dryer! Drying will take longer this way but will ensure that all moisture is removed from the pillow and its cover before use again.
- David Berko