How Do You Wash A Bamboo Pillow?

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We like bamboo pillows for many things and they make a great option for many of us. They come in various level of softness and firmness and bring comfort, no matter what’s your favorite sleep positions.

If you don’t know many things about the bamboo pillows, it’s essential to know they offer a good body temperature and are highly efficient when it comes to absorbing moisture.

Bamboo pillows are a safe choice for the allergic customer also as they are resistant to bacteria and dust mites. Anyone fighting some allergies, asthma, snoring or other breathing problems should try the bamboo pillows.

Let’s not forget the eco part, as the bamboo pillow are non-toxic and entirely sustainable. No matter if you go for a king size pillow or a standard one, using a bamboo pillow may be the key for a better sleep for you.

Taking care of the bamboo pillows

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.


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Even though the bamboo pillow (and also bamboo sheets) 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 a 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 fully expand to its shape.

You cannot place a bamboo pillow in a washing machine, under any circumstances whatsoever. You may be tempted by it as your washing machine features a gentle cycle or even a hand wash one. Try not to fall into temptation, though and make the effort to hand wash your pillow. No matter how durable your bamboo pillow may feel to you, the washing machine is simply too aggressive for any bamboo pillow.

Therefore, you do need to pay attention to each step when cleaning your bamboo pillow.

Begin by taking out the cover of the pillow and place it in the washing machine. Use the cold water cycle and the gentlest one your machine has. You may always hand wash the cover as well, if you want to go the extra mile.

Going farther to actually cleaning the bamboo pillow, here’s what you need: sink, lukewarm water and mild/gentle detergent (always go for the non-bleach type).

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Continue by filling the sink with lukewarm water and try your best not to get extreme temperature that may have a bad influence on the durability of your bamboo pillow (never too hot or too cold).

Place your pillow in the sink with lukewarm water and give it some time until it gets completely wet. Apply a small amount of gentle detergent on your pillow (pea size may be too much in some cases).

Now it’s time to wash, gently, yet efficiently your pillow. Don’t be afraid to squeeze it while rubbing in the detergent so it really gets deep into your pillow. You should do this for a couple of minutes or until you’re positive, the detergent went through the whole pillow.

Even though you’re going to drain the sink, always be sure the water remains lukewarm- it’s best for your bamboo pillow. Keep on squeezing out the remaining detergent as you run the tap over the pillow. Rinse thoroughly until there’s no more detergent left in your pillow.

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It makes sense that the next step should be drying your bamboo pillow. As previously, you should never place it in the dryer either and you may only air-dry the bamboo pillow. Try to find a clean, flat surface, out in the sun, so that your bamboo pillow dries faster. Double check for the dampness, as it may cause mildew form.

Don’t say we didn’t warn you. No matter how rushed or out of time you may feel, you should never ever wash your bamboo pillow in the washing machine. If you do, don’t act surprised when you see the results: all crumbled and falling apart. The bamboo pillow is a comfortable, supportive pillow, but it’s not able to take the movements and the vibrations of a washing machine (nor dryer) nor the water temperature.

Once your bamboo pillow is all dried (and its cover also) you may want to check its thickness. Don’t be afraid the pump it just the way you want it so that you can get the comfort you bought it for in the first place.